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Setting Goals for 2014

..or what used to be known as New Year's Resolutions.

Each year brings its highs and lows, and the eternally optimistic human race believes that we get a fresh start each January 1st.   Belief is a strong driver, and optimism is capable of delivering very good results.

So, with that in mind, I decided to try and give myself some good advice....
  • Enjoy more special family and friend time, have got a bit too chilled and lazy over weekends
  • Remain passionate about what matters, but not angry when things go wrong.
  • Be upfront about issues, deal with them quickly, and avoid continual negative comments, frustration and feelings (mine)
  • Delegate 3 business tasks that I have been hanging on to
  • Set aside formal time to deal with personal issues every week eg doctor's appointments, checking bank statements, sorting out home maintenance, submitting medical claims
  • Focus more on strategy, and less on operational stuff, I have a great team that will ask for my input if they need it
  • Set aside one hour per day to reduce my eMail count, every day, except Saturday and some Sundays.
  • And most importantly, start each week by reading through my goals, and ensuring that I am on track.
Its the 16th of January, and I have achieved the first half of number 7, with little bits and pieces of the others!   And may I say there are many other goals in my head......

So every year we set these wonderful goals, expectations, resolutions in the spirit of a "new me", and every year most of us fall hopelessly behind before the end of January.   I don't know about the rest of you, but I have decided I needed some quick wins, so I am setting myself a few achievable goals that will keep me positive, and then maybe the less easily achievable ones will fall into place.
  • I will try not to multi task (including cell phone chats in the car, but mostly this is about focusing on the person in front of me)
  • I will put petrol in my car, when its not less than a quarter full, and check the tyres at the same time.
  • I will watch at least 2 feel good TV shows per week (probably Modern Family and Last Man Standing) and allow myself to multi task ie playing Funtrivia, Quizup, Scrabble or Diamond Dash while watching.
  • I will counter all the TV by going to Pilates and thinking about a Yoga class
  • I will remember that the inefficient person dealing with my problem has probably been badly trained, and not focus my anger on them, rather try to help them resolve my issue
  • I will work on sounding calm and in control, even when I am jumping inside (mainly to conclusions)
  • I will not finish books I am not enjoying because I think I am letting down the author.
  • I will read this list every week.

Both lists are far from complete, so I have set myself one additional objective:

Review and renew all objectives once a month



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