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2 Killer Tips You Should Master When Setting Goals For The New Year

2 Killer Tips You Should Master When Setting Goals For The New Year

As another year is coming to its end, we couldn’t help but seeing the year to come as a chance for a new beginning, a blank slate on which we can write new stories, and hopefully, ones with happy endings. Sometimes, however, we are so desperate to start over, erase the past year, and reach some idealistic, out-of-our-reach goals, that we get frustrated and disappointed if we fail. We want to meet so many great, life-changing goals that we don’t stop to think what is really important. We only focus on the outcome that we believe will make us happy and fulfilled, but what is more important is the journey itself and what we learn about ourselves in the process.

Before setting goals, take a good look at what you’ve learned in the previous year

The most important thing we should all focus on is to work on ourselves, and to constantly ask ourselves how we can be better, happier people. Getting a bigger salary, buying a new car, or starting a romantic relationship may be good things, but may not make you as happy as you think. Before setting goals that you feel are necessary for making you a happier person, you need to look deep down and embrace what you have learned about yourself in the previous year, both positive and negative. You need to dig deep and see what you need to improve so as to achieve personal growth.

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Before setting your goals, you need to rethink whether you are making them for the right reasons. If you are unhappy at work, getting a bigger salary is not going to make you feel better in a longer run. You need to reflect on why you feel miserable at your job, and what you can do to change that. Only when you take a good look at situations that made you feel bad, you will know what aspects of your life you should change and only then you can set the right goals.

Cherish all the experiences, good and bad, and celebrate how far you’ve come

When you reflect on how far you’ve come, you can see what you are capable of, and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Realizing that makes it possible for you to see where you can improve and thus make new goals that you feel confident you will achieve.

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When stopping to think about the past year and all the experience you’ve had, it’s easy to focus on how you may have failed to meet the goals you planned. When you do that, however, you miss out on seeing the lessons these “failures” can teach. Failures make us learn something and realize what we can do to make our lives better. So, when you reflect on your journey, don’t run away from failures, rather look at them as something positive, as something that made you who you are now, something that made you stronger.

There were definitely situations thought the past year when you had to make a leap and step out of your comfort zone, so make sure to give yourself the credit you deserve. Reward yourself for being so brave to do things you wouldn’t dream of doing before since that’s a huge step forward in your life and should be celebrated.

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For the year to come, don’t base your goals on the negative emotions you have now, base them on the positive feelings you want to have when you achieve them. Above all, set yourself up for success! Don’t set some big goal you want be able to achieve and then feel bad – set smaller goals that will eventually lead to a bigger life change.  Once you check off your list one small goal at a time, you will gain a sense of completion. Crossing smaller items off the list promotes positive energy, and that in the end will help you to become a happier, better person.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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