Action Plan: Restart

(This post is part of our 2014 Resolve to Evolve program.)

Last week we talked about taking stock and listed some questions to ask yourself about how your year is going so far. What’s on your progress report? If you’re feeling like perhaps you need some work on your annual goals, it’s not too late to make some headway.

You can restart. (Or even just start!)

Here are three ways to make some progress on your yearly goals:

  1. Pick one thing to tackle. Maybe it’s buying a book on Amazon (or logging into your library account and putting some books on hold). Maybe it’s finally signing up for a LinkedIn profile or sending that email to ask someone to mentor you. Pick one thing. Then do it. (Then pick another and do that. One at a time.)
  2. Set some deadlines. Open your calendar app (or pull out that paper planner) and write down some deadlines. What are you going to get done this month? Write it down, set a date, and stick to it.
  3. Check off some boxes. Sometimes to-do lists are overwhelming. So instead, write out a “have-done” list. Where are you doing well? Write those things down, then cross them off. It will help you to see where you’re getting things done. Like a flywheel, it’s often momentum that helps you keep moving forward.
Johanna Price

Johanna Price is a writer and editor living in the Twin Cities. Follow her on Twitter @johannaprice.