Many of us like setting personal and work goals at the beginning of the year. A long list of ’em even, if you’re like me.
But as we all know, life is never static. Things happen during the year that can change how we view and prioritize our original plans. What seemed super important in January may no longer have the same relevance by May.
We may have picked up new projects along the way, or learned of new developments that create opportunities (new goals!) that were not apparent when we first created our annual goals.
Do you follow a process to accommodate these changes and adjust goals? Or do you tend to just let things evolve naturally without officially revisiting your annual plans?
When I left my corporate life behind in 2013, I thought I was free free free from structure.
Hooray for creative freedom.
It took me a while to realize—and accept—that I’m one of those people who function better with structure and schedules and deadlines. (I know. What a nerd, right?) Funnily enough, I feel more overwhelmed without a schedule than with a packed one.
Last year, I decided to resurrect one practice from my corporate years and incorporate it into my redesigned work-life.
The [dreaded] quarterly review.
Except I don’t do it the dreaded way. 😃 The way I do this now, it’s not so much a performance review—who wants that?!
Instead, it’s a review of the annual goals I’ve set at the beginning of the year, with the view of pruning, reprioritizing, and recommitting.
No one wants to find himself in December, frustrated by the lack of progress on goals. Missing the expectations you’ve set for yourself is never a fun thing.
The good news is that we can avoid this simply by taking a brief pause at certain points during the year.
Quarterly is a good start. Or letting it coincide with the changing of the seasons.
Asking ourselves questions that point to the changes that we need to accommodate. Or reaffirming our commitment to previously-identified plans.
I am one who, at the beginning of the year, gets over-excited about all the possibilities. This results in a long list of goals and plans, not quite best practice. The quarterly review process helps me feel better knowing I’ll have a chance to revisit my list of goals.
I sat down at the beginning of April and reviewed all the personal and work goals I came up with in January.
As I reviewed my original list, I asked myself questions like:
Which ones are on target?
What am I still committed to doing this year? What continues to be important and priority?
What new thing must I accommodate now? Which ones are no longer as important or have changed in relevance?
Incorporating this quarterly review process into my workflow allows me to make timely decisions and adjustments to my personal and work goals. It reduces the possibility of the regret factor leering its head later in the year.
I’m excited to share with you three of the projects (one of which is new) that I’ve recommitted for 2017:
Project #1: The Second Breaks Podcast.
After months of hemming and hawing, I’m finally committing to hosting a podcast! I’m honestly scared about this, but that’s probably a good reason I should do it. The target launch date is June 1st.
Project #2: The Break Free Workshop
The title of this workshop is probably going to change. I’ve been fleshing out this workshop for a while now, and ready to be working on the beta model now. The workshop may be of relevance to you if you have career goals that you’ve been delaying, and want to make a serious effort to pursue.
Project #3: Writing the Crime/Mystery Novel
I’m excited to be getting back to this project which got derailed late last year due to all the brouhaha of the US politics. Hah! This book will be my third and my first in the fiction genre.
I hope this process encourages you to have a look at the goals and plans that you’ve set for the year. I find the spring-time a great opportunity to check ourselves and recommit to our priorities.
If you end up doing something similar, I’d love to hear about the goals and projects that you’ve reconfirmed for 2017. Share it in the comments section below.