Welcome 2016 and welcome new intentions and goals!
Just like planting seeds in June yields a garden of delicious vegetables in August, choosing a couple of goals for the next quarter, half-year or year can be a way to be intentional about how we spend our time. There's nothing magic about January but it is an opportunity to reflect on the year past and plan for the year just started.
My business group called Forum (we're part of the non-profit called Entrepreneurs Organization) has us setting one to three goals for 2016. We meet monthly for lunch or a phone call with our accountability partner. And we support each other in process of struggling with and achieving the goals throughout the year. It's great to have friends on the journey!
Others are less formal about their plans for 2016. My friend Lauren prefers to take a "clear out the junk" approach where she does a scan of her physical and mental spaces and chucks the stuff that no longer fits. She'll send a couple of bags of discarded clothing to Goodwill and dump the "shoulds" that linger from 2015.
Whatever your style, if you're looking for some good resources, here are the articles that I've used, that I've shared and that I've saved to Evernote for reference. Some of the authors are well known (David Allen of GTD fame, Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project) and others are less well known. All have something to say. Please enjoy.
1) Why Ditching Your Goals May Be the Smartest Thing You Do in 2016
How to adapt a mindset of intention to drive quantum growth.
by Marissa Levin
2) Best New Year's Resolution? A 'Stop Doing' List
Increase creativity and innovation by getting rid of busy work
by Jim Collins
3) The Ten-Step, One-Day Strategic Plan
The simple way to keep your business on track
By Erica Olsen
4) How to Live Wisely
Five exercises to help post-secondary students identify their goals and reflect systematically about various aspects of their personal lives, and to connect what they discover to what they actually do at college.
By Richard J. Light
5) Purging stuff, people and must-dos to make room for new creativity
From the January newsletter, a challenge to get rid of stuff to make room for awesomeness
By David Allen
6) A Fun Way to Shape the New Year: Pick a One-Word Theme
Identify one idea, summarized in just one word, as an overarching theme for the entire year
By Gretchen Rubin
7) A Vow to ‘Soften’ So Your Loved Ones Can Shine
How one woman chose her one-word theme
By Rachel Stafford
I hope these articles help you on your journey. This month, I have the chance to share some of my entrepreneurial journey with women at two events, first at the strategic planning session for the amazing group Athena Leadership. Then in a couple of weeks, I'm the featured speaker at the Women's Entreprise Centre's Business Breakfast. Both events are giving me the chance to work on my 2016 goal of Practice Sharing My Story. If you're in the Winnipeg area, please join us at the breakfast. I'd love to see you there.