It’s about that time for a quarterly check in. I know we set goals at the end of last year and now that we’ve finished the first quarter of 2018, it’s the perfect time for a progress report.
There’s not a real science to this in my book, but there’s definitely three things we can do right now to make sure we are making headway on our goals. Let’s check in on these three things:
What have I done?
This is your moment to celebrate yourself, pat yourself on the back. I dare say, reward yourself (but don’t get crazy). Did you finally launch that website? Did you finish that book? Maybe you started going to the gym, or paid off that credit card. GO YOU! Pump yourself up! I’m giving you a high five for setting out to do something and smashing it!
What have I dropped the ball on?
Now that you’ve done your victory dance for the things you’ve accomplished so far, you have to check yourself for the things you’ve tanked on. Then, commit to spending more time on those things since they don’t come as naturally to you. This quarter I completely crapped out on money management, I killed most of my plants, and I’m still just as messy as I’ve been in previous years. Also, my time management is still the pits. That said, second quarter I’ll be carving out time and energy to focus on those things specifically. More cleaning, more budgeting, more watering my plants, and less hitting the snooze.
What do I need to drop?
We don’t like the idea of abandoning something we write down as a goal, but the truth of the matter is, sometimes priorities change. You may very easily start the year wanting to do something only to find out later that you don’t care to put that much energy into it, and that it isn’t that important to you. When you get honest with yourself about that, it frees up your time and energy to focus on things you actually care about.
I started the year saying that I wanted to focus on experimenting with my hair and getting it crazy healthy and growing it as long as possible. Come to find out, I don’t care that much about my hair. I don’t want to invest the time it takes to have amazing hair. So I do minimal maintenance and accept it as is. Same thing with makeup. I planned to explore more and get back to the girl I used to be who wore fake eyelashes frequently. I’ve decided that I don’t want to spend that much time getting ready AND I actually like my face more natural these days. Sometimes you have to acknowledge that the goal isn’t that important to you and drop it like a bad habit.
I hope that as you do your check in you have a lot more stuff on your done list than on your drop list. If you don’t, there’s no time like the present to flip that. Become the person of your dreams!