Happy New Year from Success by Rx! This is the time of year when many people take stock of their lives and make resolutions to change certain things. Some people end up with a huge list of New Year’s resolutions every year and get quickly overwhelmed by the daunting task of tackling them all at once.
While it’s a good idea to consider how your life has been going and how you’d like to change it, waiting till the start of a new year isn’t the best way to approach making changes. It’s also very difficult to try to change absolutely everything at once. Even if you do somehow manage to implement a number of changes at the beginning of the year, they may not last long.
A better approach is to make regular resolutions throughout the year. Quarterly resolutions allow you to take a look at your business at four regular intervals throughout the year. You may also want to break this down into even smaller time periods and make monthly or weekly evaluations and resolutions. This way you regularly review what’s been working for you professionally and what you would like to change.
While you are making these larger goals, don’t forget about smaller daily goals. It’s more efficient to plan your time ahead rather than go into each day without a plan. You may decide to change it as other things come up and take higher priority, but you’ll feel more in control if you’ve thought about your schedule in advance. A good way to do this is to make sure your to-do list for the next day is complete before you go to sleep or before you end your workday, whichever you prefer. If you add items to tomorrow’s to-do list throughout the day, you won’t overlook something important when you are getting ready to turn in for the night.
When it comes to your larger resolutions, you’ll find it much easier to address these by not only making them more regularly but also by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable goals. Success by Rx has a whole course specifically designed to help you take your larger goals and turn them into smaller sub-goals that you can tackle in a step-by-step manner. The video and course materials are available here: https://www.successbyrx.com/courses/business-planning-bash-for-freelancers/
If New Year’s resolutions are something that have worked for you in the past, congratulations! Any time that you resolve to make positive changes is the right time. If you have struggled with following through on resolutions and feel limited to making them only once a year, consider more regular resolutions as a way to strive toward your professional goals.
Author: Melissa Kamenjarin
Melissa is a Success by Rx copywriter and Spanish/English translator, writer, editor and proofreader specializing in educational materials, health insurance, non-profits, and published fiction and non-fiction books, blogs and websites. Melissa is the Secretary and blog writer for ATISDA (Association of Translators and Interpreters in the San Diego Area). An American Translators Association (ATA) member, she is also the Copy Editor for the ATA Medical Division’s publication, Caduceus.