I’m a planner. I come from a family of planners. Growing up we listened to Stephen Covey tapes in the car. Seriously. In the morning the first thing our son says when he wakes up is, “So, what’s the plan mom?”
I’m not big on new years resolutions, but I am big on setting goals. I enjoy having a new year to sit down and focus on the prior year, lessons learned and how to move forward with a clean slate. It’s a rather liberating feeling.
The way I go about setting goals may not work for you, but I thought I’d share what works for me.
- First, I find a note book. I like pretty ones that make me feel happy when I look at them. I found these on Amazon but have also seen them at Target. They are called Simply Chic by Jackie. I like them because the inside has a nice colorful design too. I use a different note book per project.
- Second, I write out my mission, vision, goals, goals, strategy and action items. This helps me to have a clear understanding of what I’m working toward. There is something powerful that happens when you write something down.
- Third, I create a vision board on the inside of my notebook. This helps me to visualize what I want to have happen. I also put accolades that I accomplish through the year. This is what my “Vision Board” for Little Stinker looked like last year.
- From there, I dive into the action items.
I like having one place to put all thoughts and ideas. It helps to keep it organized and it’s nice to have one place to go to find information. I also keep contact information for key people or projects there. So, when I’m running out of the house I can grab it on the fly and know it’s all in one place.
Have you tried creating vision boards before? I know there are a lot of ways to go about it. I think the biggest key is knowing what you’re focusing on and then if something comes up that doesn’t fit your vision and goals you can easily asses if it’s something you should spend your energy on.
Here is what my new notebook for Danish Mama’s vision board is starting with :
I’d love to hear what method you use to kick start your goals?