We are steadily approaching the end of the year. How are your year goals going? Will you finish them by the end of the year? Some things to start thinking about as the days left are getting less and less rather fast. When you put it like that you suddenly get a new perspective. Knowing that the year is coming to an end I thought it was best to start looking at the things I must definitely accomplish, complete and/or finish this year. Normally I do this December 1st but since that creates such a rush feeling I decided to do it earlier.
What you need:
– To-do list of this year
– Sheets of paper (lined or blank)
– Markers (Black and colors)
The first thing you need to do is to get your list of things that you set out to accomplish in this year. To make you smile, first look at the ones you have already crossed off. Yeey you and yeey me! Write on top of one side of the paper, ‘’Yet to start’’ and on the other side ‘’Already started”. Now look at the things that you still have to do and categorize them in the aforementioned categories; ‘’yet to start’’ and ‘’already started’’. It goes without saying that in the category ‘’yet to start’’ are the items you have not started working on yet and ‘’already started’’ has the items which you are currently working on. Look at those lists and pick the items that you think you must, must must accomplish, highlight them. Continue working with the highlighted items.
Take the list ‘’already started’’, define what type of projects the highlighted ones are. I prefer to differentiate between long term and short term. Recategorize them according to short term and long term. At least that’s what I did, this is optional. It just makes things more clear. Look at the list of short term goals then ask yourself:
Q1.: ‘’What do you still have to do to accomplish this goal before December 31st?’’.
Write everything down that comes to mind. For your long term goals the question is quite similar but not completely the same. Ask yourself this:
Q2.: ‘’What part of this goal must I accomplish before December 31st’’.
Again write it down. Afterwards ask yourself one last question:
Q3.: ‘’What do I need to do to accomplish that part (replace ‘’part’’ with your goal) before December 31st?’’
You already know what I am going to say. Write it down. So now you have one sheet with your year goals categorized in ‘’Yet to start’’ and ”Already started’’. One sheet with the answers to the previous questions, which also doubles as you knowing what it is you must work on in order to complete the goals. All there is left to do is to find out what you need to do start up and finish the highlighted items on the list ‘’Yet to start’’. To do this you use the template for the short term goals, just ask yourself Q1 and you’re good to go.
I personally took a new sheet of blank paper and wrote on the top in black marker; Must finish before December 31st (see picture) and below it I wrote down all the items I highlighted. I hung this up somewhere where I pass daily so I see it everyday and are reminded of it as much as possible, even though I work on these goals daily. Extra reminders are never bad.
All there is left to do is to actively continue working on achieving those must accomplish end of year goals. You now know what is left to do in the remaining days.
Ps. Don’t forget to make it a December to Remember.