Now that the holidays are over, we can all breathe a little easier, right? How can it be “the most wonderful time of the year” yet be so stressful? I really do love the holidays, but I must say that I am happy when January rolls around and all of the holiday decorations are put away and I can focus on the new year.
Have you thought about your goals for 2017? Do you write down your goals? Do you have separate personal and professional goals? Studies show that people who write down their goals are much more likely to achieve those goals. However, before you pick up your pencil and paper, here are a few things to consider as you think about your goals for 2017.
1. Set goals that motivate you. You will be more likely to put in the work to achieve a goal if it is important to you. If needed, write down why the goal is valuable to you.
2. Your goals should stretch you and promote growth, but make sure they are achievable in the timeframe that you have allotted. 3. Be specific when documenting your goals. Remember, these are YOUR goals; not what others want for you.
3. Evaluate your progress throughout the year and adjust your goals as necessary. If you write your goals down January 1st and never look at them again until December 31st, you are likely to find you have missed the mark.
4. Take it easy on yourself if you reach an unexpected roadblock requiring an adjustment to your goals. Setbacks are bound to happen and possibly even failure to meet one or more of your goals. Don’t beat yourself up; instead, evaluate what lessons you learned in the process.
5. While you may want to write separate personal and professional goals, be sure to consider how one set of goals might complement or conflict with the other set of goals.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been one to write down my goals; however, I’m committed to doing so for 2017. I am a mother of twin girls that are one year away from kindergarten. I made the decision to scale back my work life to find better balance at home when we started our family. Now, as I look to 2017 and beyond I want to focus on how I can scale my work commitments back up to re-establish a full-time career. I’d like to leverage my work experience and also seek out new professional development opportunities to update my skills or make them more relevant in the current market.
As I document my goals, an important consideration will be how to find fulfillment at home and at work. As the employment landscape changes and employers and employees negotiate more flexible work arrangements, I feel confident that now, more than ever, I can achieve the work/life balance that works for me.
Wishing you the best in 2017 as we at MomSource strive to change the way America works and help you find flexible employment that meets YOUR goals!