The final weekend of the year is a great time to reflect on your performance against the goals you set for 2016, (or perhaps you didn’t?) and to decide your priorities for 2017.
If this is not something you have previously done I’d really like to encourage you to do so this time, so that you can start the year with clarity. In much the same way as your monthly one-to-ones provide space to agree appropriate objectives and to review progress/discuss ways of overcoming barriers, having annual objectives is an important part of your journey to success.
While this might initially seem an onerous task, remember each journey starts with a single step. I suggest keeping it very simple with a 2×2 matrix, (see link for our template), which lays out objectives not just for your work life, but has a more holistic approach to ensure you avoid burn-out and really think deeply about what you want to achieve.
It’s a good idea to do a first draft with two or three goals in each quadrant and then sleep on it before returning the next day, that way you can be certain that your goals are the right ones. From here create a realistic plan to make them a reality by the end of the year, (rather than a December sprint!)
Don’t miss out quadrant four ‘Well-being’ – this is key to ensuring balance and the avoidance of burnout.
Have a marvellous 2017.
About the Author: Fran McArthur is a business coach, trainer and no-executive director with more than 30 years of business experience. She typically works with executives, who lead organisations of up to £10m/100 employees and who wish to effect positive change. She collaborates with them to achieve their goals using her practical, common-sense approach