Make your new year goals happen with these 5 tips

I am looking forward to the new year.  There is something each new year that happens in my brain that says – the calendar has clicked over, things will change!  I will have more time to do things, be more active, and tick all those things off my to-do list.  Of course, we all know that this does not happen unless we plan a way to make it happen.  Here are some tips to ensure you have a great new year and that you have achieved your goals come next Christmas!

1. Find time!  This is hard…. Well really hard for me!  I am a busy person, and I like to be that way.  But the downside of that is I often feel like I don’t have time to do other things, like exercise, read a novel (because I am always reading about healthcare marketing!), watch webinars I had planned to watch 6 months ago – you get the drift.  So I came across a website recently, that showed a great way to add time into your day.  It showed me how to get more out of the day.  You simply draw up a timetable of your week and plot in the times when you are not 'working' and might be able to fit in some extra tasks.   Here is a copy of mine (adapt it to suit your weekly routine).  You will see I don't add anything for travelling to work, as I drive and it takes less than 5 minutes, but if you had a longer commute, you might fit in parts of an audiobook, or if you are on public transport, reading of journal articles for example.   I have already implemented this time finding table and it works well – it’s amazing what you can do in the hour after dinner!

2. Be accountable.  It is much easier to get into working through your goals and actions if you have someone to check in with.  This could be anyone; a mentor, a spouse, colleague, staff, family member.  Talking about your goals as you go through the year, writing them down, checking them off, showing people what you have accomplished can motivate you to keep going.

3. Make it measurable.  We all know this – it is really hard to know how you are going if you don’t have something to measure the progress or the success.  Writing something broad, like “This year I will be better at understanding finances” – is a great thing to do, however, what are you going to measure at the end of the year?  Break down your goals into actions that you can tick off as being accomplished, for example:

                Learn how to read a profit and loss statement

                Implement 2 key performance indicators into my practice 

4. Reflect.  I will admit I am not as good at this as I should be.  Research indicates that leaders and managers who reflect on their actions, tasks, and situations they have been involved in go on to develop better skills in business management and leadership.  There are various ways you can add some reflection into your week, including talking with others, writing a journal, writing a private blog, ask for feedback on how you are handling things and how your practice is going.

5. Learn to delegate.  Very hard when you have a perfectionist personality, but you cannot be everything to everyone, and you may find that you can achieve more off your to-do list if you get others around you to help.  Here’s a little more about delegating if you are not sure how to start!

Remember, the Maida team are here to help you out, so if you need any help, let us know. Good luck! 

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