While January might seem like it was just yesterday, the reality is that the half-year mark has passed and we’re closer to the end of the year than the beginning. If you’re like most people, those early-year goals were forgotten months ago. But you still have months to make significant accomplishments by the end of the year.
Re-Evaluate and Reprioritize
There was likely a reason you gave up on your goals. Think about why you lost momentum and what you truly want to accomplish next.
- Make sure this is the right goal that you’re tackling at the right time
- Think about whether you have the time to dedicate to pursuing it
- Ensure the goal is in line with your values
Use the Deadline as Motivation
At the beginning of the year, you had a blank slate of 12 full months ahead of you. Now, you are on a downhill run toward the end of the year. With a more limited time frame, you need to be more specific about what you want to accomplish and realistic about which goals to let go of.
Use the Power of Habit
Now is the time to be specific about the steps you’ll need to take and the habits you need to build. The S.M.A.R.T. goals approach (making your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-sensitive) is useful for helping make progress within the time frame you have.
Spend Your Time and Energy Wisely
Learning how to delegate and focus on projects that will take the most time is an important skill to sharpen. Guarding and spending your time wisely is just as important as guarding and spending your energy. Get to know your peak performance times and reserve those times for the work where you need to be highly productive or creative.
Behavioral Health Systems is the parent company of Safety First. BHS offers Mental Health and Substance Abuse benefits to employers along with Employee Assistance Programs.