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58 Noteworthy Resolutions For Anytime in the Year

58 Noteworthy Resolutions For Anytime in the Year

“We will open the book.  Its pages are blank.  We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

A brand new year is coming, festive songs are in the air and everyone is gearing up for the new year ahead! 

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     I’m really psyched up for the upcoming year because there are so many exciting things I have planned for next year.

    How about you? How do you feel about the new year? How do you want it to be? What kind of experiences do you want to create? What memories do you want to build? What impact do you want to have for yourself and others?

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    With every upcoming year, I’m always sure it will supersede all previous years to become the best year ever. One reason is because I set goals – Goals which I know will improve the quality and fulfillment of my life. I’m a huge fan of goal setting. The best way to determine how your next year to be is to set goals AND act on them. As Zig Ziglar said, “You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.”

    For this same reason, I recommend you to think about what you want for yourself in the year 2013 and set them as goals. Here is a list to kickstart your thinking process. Of course, goal setting isn’t restricted to just the start of the year – you can refer to it anytime of the year. There’s never a ‘best’ time to set goals – it’s all the time! 

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      1. Stop procrastinating
      2. Spend more time with your family
      3. Widen your social circle – Meet new people!
      4. Become more organized
      5. Exercise more and keep fit
      6. Lose weight: Achieve your ideal weight
      7. Eat more healthily
      8. Wake up early every day
      9. Be on time
      10. Express gratitude to people who have made a difference in your life
      11. Do volunteer work
      12. Do more kind deeds
      13. Further your education
      14. Learn a new language
      15. Cultivate at least one new skill that will enable you to perform even better at work (presentation skills, public speaking, effective writing, etc)
      16. Be emotionally generous
      17. Drop caffeine
      18. Reconnect with old friends
      19. Make at least 5 positive, like-minded friends and foster strong relationships with them
      20. Take your family out on a vacation
      21. Revamp your room into your personal, inspirational haven
      22. Run a marathon
      23. Don’t bad mouth other people
      24. Stop complaining
      25. Be a more positive person
      26. Be your real self
      27. Read more books
      28. Read one meaningful self-help article a day
      29. Visit the holiday destination of your dreams
      30. Deliver your best performance at work ever
      31. Double your business revenue (for business owners)
      32. Get a career switch to a better career
      33. Or better still, pursue a career of your true passion
      34. Earn a million dollars
      35. Earn a billion dollars (for those who have achieved #34)
      36. Find your soulmate
      37. Move out and get your own apartment
      38. Get out of debt (if you are in debt)
      39. Save more money
      40. Help other people achieve their dreams
      41. Get rid of clutter
      42. Take up a class in something of your interest (dancing, singing, roller blading, ice skating, swimming, photography, web design, rock climbing, piano, guitar, yoga, pilates, etc)
      43. Drink more water
      44. Reduce your alcohol intake or quit drinking altogether (for people who drink)
      45. Quit smoking (for smokers)
      46. Learn to see the positive side of everything
      47. Turn every challenge into an opportunity
      48. Let go of any past baggage
      49. Meditate daily
      50. Go on a Vipassana Meditation Retreat
      51. Write a book
      52. Visit a new place you have never been to
      53. Stop beating yourself up when bad things happen
      54. Love yourself more
      55. Start your life handbook and use it document everything it takes to live your best life
      56. Limit your mass media exposure – Stop watching television or reading newspapers (remove negative stimuli from your environment)
      57. Take time out to rest and rejuvenate every week
      58. Live every moment to the fullest! 
        :)

        Note: Success in resolutions is almost always in line with cultivating habits. Be sure to read how to successfully cultivate a habit in 21 days, an all-time readers’ favorite article.

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        11 Organizational Skills That Every Smart Leader Needs

        11 Organizational Skills That Every Smart Leader Needs

        Failing to organize will often lead to chaos or, at the very least, an increase in stress levels. This occurs as you attempt to make sense of everything that surrounds you for the sake of making life easier. That’s why strong organizational skills are key to being a smart leader.

        The need to have organizational abilities becomes even more important when you are a boss or manager. After all, people turn to you for inspiration, and it will hardly be inspiring if they see you freaking out.

        What are organizational skills and how can you develop them? We’ll guide you through 11 key organizational skills that every leader needs to know. By the end, it will mean that you are in a better position to be a more effective leader.

        1. Time Management

        Poor time-management is at the root of so many issues within a company. As the leader, it’s your responsibility to ensure that things run like clockwork. This is only possible by having a firm understanding of what it is to be organized.

        Failure in this area will lead to you being unable to stay on the task in front of you. Suddenly, your ability to juggle everything at once diminishes before you. It won’t take much before it all comes crashing down, resulting in you being viewed as rather unreliable.

        Quick Tips for Time Management

          Be aware of the following: the tasks for completion, their deadlines, the amount of work required, and anything that cannot be delayed or avoided at any cost[1].

          Also, take a look at these 7 Effective Time Management Tips To Maximize Your Productivity.

          2. Planning

          Planning makes organizing easier, but we are often lacking when it comes to being able to plan ahead. Again, poor planning leads to disorganization and more pressure on you.

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          Remember that planning takes different forms, including dealing with time and how a project must proceed. However, a smart leader has to take things one step further to make a difference. You must also be aware of the plans of others and how they fit into your own approach if they are to make a difference.

          This becomes more important when dealing with a multi-disciplinary team where coordination can be problematic without adequate planning. A complete absence of planning will only ever lead to problems.

          3. Scheduling

          Even though this skill does overlap with those mentioned earlier, it’s still important enough to merit its own individual point. Having a schedule and keeping to it is known to be an effective tool for organizing your life.

          Scheduling indicates to others that you have an awareness about what they are doing. It also shows you have a firm grip on what is being done and that there are no issues with balancing a number of projects.

          Thanks to scheduling, your understanding of the time taken for different aspects becomes improved. This helps you to keep control of a project, as well as coping with problems thanks to an understanding of events.

          Scheduling time blocks is also a great technique to help you get organized: Get What Matters Done by Scheduling Time Blocks

          4. Resource Allocation

          It’s important to get the most out of your resources, and this too requires organization. Even knowing when to use those resources is important to prevent them becoming exhausted or used at incorrect times.

          Organizational skills, in this sense, means being acutely aware of the resources at hand and those you may call upon with a project. Your strength should also be in linking the correct resource to the right requirement to ensure it fits into their own abilities. Failure to do this means wasted resources, and this will not reflect well on you.

          To be certain of organization in this sense, you must first identify resources that may be relevant before beginning a new project. This prevents you from scrambling around and searching for help when you need it the most.

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          5. Delegation

          Delegation is an art form and one of the most important organizational skills, and not everyone has mastered it. An effective leader also understands its importance for a project to run smoothly.

          It’s impossible to handle each aspect of a project yourself, and that is where delegating tasks to team members can help. Being aware of who is best for a particular task prevents feelings of overwhelm, which will free you to oversee each aspect of the project.

          An organized leader will know their team and be aware of their strengths and weaknesses.[2] Being aware in advance means you will not stress when a problem arises, as you know who to call for help.

          Thanks to organization, your team will work more efficiently and complete each task with less stress on your shoulders.

          Take a look at this guide and learn how to delegate effectively: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

          6. Prioritizing

          Being capable of prioritizing tasks will make your life easier. Creating a to-do list and understanding which deadlines come first leads to better planning as well as less stress. As your experience builds, you become more confident at knowing which tasks are the most important.

          Disorganized individuals tend to cope in a haphazard way and deal with things as they arise. This leads to putting energy into the wrong areas, and the most important things fall by the wayside. Prioritization keeps you on track with the order in which you need to complete things.

          For this, you must be aware of the tasks at hand and the process for each one. Check deadlines and other pressing details in advance to allow you to be better organized.

          7. Collaboration

          Collaboration is one of the organizational skills that makes life easier all around. The only problem is that it does require organization on your part. An organized leader is aware of those individuals that may be the best person for a particular task. Not organizing leaves you in a position of searching for help when it should be plain sailing.

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          This is about more than mere delegation. Instead, the skill is with knowing in advance who you can call upon to make a project run as smooth as possible. This may also involve other leaders of various departments, so working in unison is key.

          With this skill, you must become aware of who you may need to collaborate with before the need arises. Do your research and know who to call upon at any point. This allows you to then cope with any problem in a cool and efficient manner.

          8. Setting Goals

          An organized individual will find it easier to set and achieve goals. A smart leader is able to show others that they can set short and long-term goals, work towards them, and ultimately achieve them. The only way this is done is through solid organizational skills.

          It will be impossible to reach a target if you are unaware of the path to follow. You must understand the actions and objectives, or you will never achieve anything. Organization skills also help you identify each step and any problems connected to it.

          Here, you must identify the target or goal at the earliest opportunity and then bring forward the other organizational skills that I have mentioned.

          9. Maintaining Efficiency

          Organization and efficiency go hand in hand. Efficiency leads to the need for planning as the smoother something runs, the fewer problems you encounter.

          Being efficient also allows you to know where you are in a project at any moment. This is due to you having organized things to such an extent that you are able to counteract problems before they occur. Remember that efficiency and your ability to identify issues work in unison. If you fail to be organized, then it is impossible for this to happen.

          To learn this skill, you must set aside time for each project and break it down into individual segments. Understand how each step must progress and who will be responsible for each part. Identify problems and how to resolve them to allow in such a way that everything can run like clockwork.

          Efficiency is a skill that develops over time, so continue working on it and how to improve problem areas to become a stronger leader.

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          10. Clear Communication

          A strong leader needs to be able to communicate clearly at all times.[3] With your organizational skills, you will find that this is easier to do.

          Thanks to these skills, you always know what is happening and can clarify any issues. You are also able to communicate exactly what you need simply because you are organized and know the status quo at that point. You will find it easier to get things started due to your ability to get things across clearly and concisely[4].

          Organizational skills: How to improve communication

            To have good communication, you have to be confident in your own abilities as a leader. If you use the different skills discussed above, you will notice a greater confidence in your voice, which then has a positive influence on the rest of the team.

            If you want to be more confident in your communication skills, check out this article: How to Master Effective Communication Skills at Work and Home

            11. Self-Care

            Nothing mentioned above is possible if you are not organized in your own life, both professionally and personally. The ability to look after yourself is the glue that holds everything else together.

            You need to eat and sleep well, along with taking care of your general health. Organization in each aspect of your life is essential to ensure you have a healthy balance. Feeling under the weather, tired, stressed or anything else negative will have a profound impact on your abilities as a leader.

            Look at what people expect of you in each part of your life, and adopt the same strategies for each aspect. You can then expect a certain synergy to occur between the different areas, allowing them to work with a certain fluidity.

            This simple guide will be helpful for you to take better care of yourself: 13 Essential Self-Care Tips for Busy People

            The Bottom Line

            These 11 organizational skills are essential for any smart leader who wishes to be more organized in everything they do. By bettering yourself along these lines, it will lead to not only a greater sense of confidence in yourself, but also towards those that look to you for both guidance and inspiration.

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