What are your goals for 2013?

I just love the beginning of a new year.  There's nothing like the promise of new beginnings and the chance to start over.  To do better than you've done in the past.  To challenge yourself to lose weight, make more money, find love, buy a new home, you name it.  A new year represents a chance to do things better than you did the year before.  Thats inspiring.

2013 is going to be a special year, I can feel it.  To start my year off right, I have a little ritual that I do on New Years Eve that really helps to set the stage for what I want to accomplish in the new year. 

First, I take out a piece of paper and write down all the things that I accomplished in the current year.  This helps to remind me of what I actually did.  I have to tell you, this is really motivating because I move so fast that I sometimes forget my accomplishments.  After I read over my list, I get all pumped up and motivated!  Then I do my next step.

Second, I write down all my goals for the new year.   I write down my personal goals seperately from my professional goals.  This helps me to see which ones are which.  Once all my professional and personal goals are clearly written out, I write down the 12 months of the year and add each goal to a specific month.  This way I know exactly which goal will be completed and which month it will get done.  I even go so far as to break each month down into 4 weeks and then the goal is broken down into its smallest actionable steps and added to the week it will be done. 

Why do I do this?

Well, I don't know about you, but some days are good days meaning I wake up, I feel good, my energy levels are full and I'm ready to conquer the world.  These are my super productive days and I'm simply unstoppable as far as productivity goes.  But sometimes, I have off days.  I wake up feeling sleepy, drained, and unmotivated.  I can't seem to get out of first gear.  On these days, all I have to do is look at my weekly goals list and everything I need is right there!  I don't have to think.  I just see whats on my list to do and poof, I'm back on track.  This really takes the frustration out of staying focused. 

Following these two steps has really helped me and I hope it helps you.  Do you have any tips that supercharge your productivity or success?  I would love to hear about it smiley


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