It doesn't have to be.... Just Another Month

A great way to experience a successful and fulfilling month is to set yourself goals, ideally two, one for your personal life and one for your professional. In doing so you have focus and motivation for the month, at it's very start, with clear end points for you to focus upon.

Now you could just pick up a pen and start writing your goals and if you are clear on what areas you need to focus upon to have the best March possible then that's great. However often we aren't clear on where to prioritise our time and energy and when that is the case we can struggle to decide on what are goals should be.

Getting clarity

Answer the following five questions with a rating of 1 - 5, 5 being the most positive response.

1) How would you rate your work/life balance?

1 2 3 4 5

(score 5 being the most positive score)

2) How would you rate your wellbeing?

1 2 3 4 5

(score 5 being the most positive score)

3) How would you rate your positivity?

1 2 3 4 5

(score 5 being the most positive score)

4) How would you rate your happiness at work?

1 2 3 4 5

(score 5 being the most positive score)

5) How would you rate your fulfilment at work?

1 2 3 4 5

(score 5 being the most positive score)

From answering the above questions you will already have started to build clarity on the areas that you will gain the most from focusing upon during March.

Tip - if you've more than two clear areas to focus upon ask yourself which two will you gain the most from focusing upon right now. Remember you can focus on the other area(s) in April. You can't do everything at once, changes that you have the time and energy to focus upon are the changes that stick.

Now you've identified the areas to focus upon during March it's time to write your goals. A great method to writing a clear and concise goal is SMART, specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timeline.

Equally as important as your goals being clear and concise is that they fill you with excitement and motivation to deliver and that's where your language choice makes all the difference. A dry boring management speak goal never gets anyone jumping out of their bed in excitement to deliver it. So make you goals, goals that you want to achieve and write them with language that excites you.

Tip - Remember you aren't sharing these goals with anyone so you don't have to stick to any company goal/objective format or get approval from your manager or board. These are your goals, just for you, for you to remember your needs and give them the focus and time they need and deserve.

Tip Tip - Just one more, watch out for the word AND in your goals, often this appears when two goals are being written as one without the author realising it. Two goals hidden as one goal makes it a massive goal and not realistic.

Now you are ready to write your goals, remember these are goals for March, so think about what your month looks like. Have you got back to school coming up? Any other routine changes?

Writing Your Goals

1. Personal Goal

What is your personal goal for March?

2. Professional Goal

What is your personal goal for March?

Keeping Focused

It's all too often the case that we set out with the best of intentions and then things happen and they slip off our radar. Let's avoid that happening for your March goals by making them super visible! Pop them where you can see them everyday, the fridge door is always a good one, or your bathroom mirror, even better, put them on both. See them each and everyday, and also make sure you read them each and everyday, keep them alive and fresh in your mind.

Also have a reminder in your diary each week to review your progress on your March goals so you can celebrate how much you've achieved on your goals as you move through the month.

Enjoy smashing your March goals

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