How Have You Done So Far?
Do you ever have those mornings when you wake up before your alarm (admittedly it’s not often over here) and lie there thinking about things? Like what have I done with my life? Am I the best version of me? Did I shut the windows in my car last night? We find ourselves doing this. Fall sort of came out of nowhere. The pools are closed, the kids have bedtimes again and we’re flirting with the idea of stowing away our flip-flops for another year. Always with a heavy heart. What does this time of year mean for you? Does the cooler weather bring on more productivity? Are you energized? Already dreading winter? Gearing up for the holidays or ready to move on to a bigger and better new year? We thought it might be a good time to look at the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year. You might have called them resolutions, kicked them off with gusto or been goaded into making some changes. Whatever the case, take them out and turn them over in your mind. Have you accomplished some? Is it time to reassess? Maybe what you thought was important has changed. Maybe you threw in the towel. Maybe, just maybe, you got there and are looking around wondering what comes next. We came across an ambitious list from U.S. News & World Report that was intent on breaking it down. Turns out you’re in good company if your shiny January goals have tarnished a bit by now. But that, they say, is the perfect time to reflect and “. . . instead of rolling them over into next year’s resolutions, along with your unused vacation time . . . here are five ways to end the year on a high note full of achievements:
- Review your goals and reprioritize
- Focus on two goals
- Make a SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) plan
- Create micromanaged tasks
- Infuse reward systems. (a little bowl of Wise Dill Pickle Ridgies, maybe?)