We only have few days before the year 2015 ends. At the start of the year, you probably began with many big dreams! How many of those dreams have you completed or achieved? Probably not many. But we still have one month ahead – in fact some 31 days to go or so. We still have a good chance to finish the year in style by recording one or two good achievements. In fact, applying the popular Pareto rule— you can expect to achieve 80 percent of your 2015 targets in approximately 20 percent of the time. Of course 20 percent of the year is roughly two and half months. At least in the one month ahead, you can attempt to achieve nearly half of your targets if you put your mind to it.
Start by going back to the plan that you had at the beginning of the year. Look especially at those targets that require less time and effort and yet they have big impact. Latch on to those ones with speed. Then explore what can be pursued in parallel, to kill off time. To achieve your targets this time around, you will need to be very specific on your actions and keep monitoring your progress very closely.
It does not help if your goal simply says that you want to be successful by the end of the year, or that you want to lose 10 Kgs of body mass. Your goals should specify the exact actions that you want to take. For example you can say that you want to reduce your uptake of carbohydrates by half per week. Or you could say you now want to be drinking one litre of water soon after waking up every morning as a measure to feel healthy and to lose weight.
Chances are that when you have clearly defined targets and objectives, you will probably achieve them easier than if you have vague or very general objectives. By making your goals very specific, you in fact make it easy to measure and monitor your progress towards achievement of the goals.
As we approach the end of the year, your major interest is to ensure that you record some significant progress and achievement within the year 2015. In this case, you might even want to modify some of the original plans or resolutions, or even replacing them with entirely new targets that may not have been obvious originally or ones that have only become possible in the course of the year. Include them and drive for completion and achievement.
Also look back at some of the past abandoned actions. You might find some that you can revert to and complete with ease thereby adding to your achievements for this year. We abandon our activities or projects for various reasons. It could be lack of resources or time required for the projects. Or simply it could be down to the absence of some key enablers. However, as time passes by, some of these factors also change and if we do not adjust, we may be stuck with the abandonment while in fact, we can resume and complete the projects. This is the time to review all our past abandoned projects.
If you do not have easy targets that can be completed now, or past abandoned projects that can be completed now and so on, you may simply resort to ending your year by putting in place good foundations for projects that you want to complete early into the year 2016. Initiate the works now, complete the foundations and set the projects into progress so that with the same style that you end the year 2015, you begin the New Year 2016.
Good luck as you work to end this year in style. Chances are that if you end this year in style, you are likely to build on that success to start the New Year 2016 on a good footing, ready to complete that year too in style. All the best! n