It’s that time of year.  Your rising from the holiday slumber and you're staring to think about next year and getting motoring again.  Rather than make New Year’s Resolutions (generally accepted as made to be broken) why not try one of these three techniques for taking stock and gearing up for the New Year?

Vision Board

Many people use this and stick it up in their home office or bedroom or on their smartphones.  If you’re visually-minded and creative, then it’s a great way to keep your goals close to you and keep your mind focused on what it is you want to achieve.  It’s a real cut-and-paste type exercise.  Do some online image searches. Throw in keywords that mean something to you and see what comes back.  Maybe just spread out your stash of newspapers and magazines and see what jumps out at you.  What you need is what you will see!  This one is just a generic sample.

 The Wheel of Life

This is a favourite of leadership and personal development courses.  Again, it’s great for visual learners and truly a very easy and quick way for any of us to just take stock of the key areas of your life.  It shows quickly what areas of your life are going very well and also where you may need to pay some attention.  The idea is that you would aim for balance across all these key life areas so that your wheel would run smoothly - like on a bike.  The reality is that most of us have a buckles in the wheel that make our ride a big harder.  Just take out a piece of paper, copy the wheel here and give yourself a score out of 10 for each spoke of the wheel.

The Career & Life Masterplan Table

I like the Wheel of Life as a good stock-take.  For those who have a verbal rather than a visual bias (like me!) this one can be useful.  It's a detailed table that can be updated at this time every year.  I laminate it and keep it in my in-tray throughout the year.  It takes time to think it out and fill it in and that’s repaid during the year when I pick it up to just re-focus on what it is I want to get done this year.  Here’s a snap of the template. I’ve never achieved all the things on it but I’ve definitely achieved more than if I hadn’t written them down. 

 Everybody may have a different way of doing this.  The important thing is to do it - just take some time to reflect, take stock and set the course again for another year. 

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Happy New Year to All! Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir!


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