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What Will You Accomplish This Year?

At this point, we are well into the new year. The holiday season and its heightened level of frenzied activity has come to a close. Settling into a slower pace you finally have time to breath and take an honest assessment of where you are. Begin thinking about what you want to create. Excitement vs. recrimination is the goal. Starting off fresh with an open calendar to fill is your kickoff event.

  1. Is there a dream you’ve put on hold and it’s time to revisit?

  2. Have you put a project on a backburner for a variety of reasons?

  3. How do you overcome inertia?

To crush overthinking through procrastination, determine whether you focus on prevention or promotion. Prevention is avoidance to preclude a potential loss like squandering money or damaging your reputation; stay safe. Promotion is when you see an opportunity to advance or learn and you can’t get started. Analyzing the difference helps toward better self-awareness and can help you overcome blocks.

Yet, rather than analyzing why there’s been a delay in moving forward on a project, simplify the process. I have found more success in using legal size yellow pads to capture ideas. The act of writing vs. typing engages the brain differently and doodling in the margins with colorful markers opens another path to a creative release. Choose whatever method works best for you and try adding a new element to this process. You may change location or brainstorm with a group, but the intention is to begin anew.

  1. What’s the idea(s) for your projects?

  2. Think broadly and don’t limit yourself to small visions

  3. Write them down.

  4. Be concise

  5. Expand the idea(s) into a detailed written plan.

  6. Add images as a visual enhancement

  7. Create a list of everything you think you need to begin.

  8. Are there items to purchase for this project?

  9. Make a daily list of what you need to do to move the project forward.

  10. Check off your completed tasks

Getting into the rhythm of setting daily goals with dedicated time to work on a project is the foundation for creating a new habit. At 21-days, you will be well on your way to acclimating to this behavioral change and recognize the value in planning and ultimately, accomplishment.

However comfortable you assumed you were with change, it may morph into overwhelming anxiety that was never anticipated. Preparation is key and this is the ideal time to engage the support of a career coach with experience in helping professionals achieve better, faster, results. At KICKSTART Your Transition we offer a broad range of services to fit your needs.


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