It’s January; New year New me quotes are seen all over Instagram. We all get motivation for a health kick. People try (and if you’re like me, fail miserably) Dry January. I for one fail at most resolutions I set, however, one thing I do is refocus in January. Refocusing in January helps me to create small actionable goals. This makes it seem easy and not intimidating! Here are my 3 steps to refocusing in January (with a sneak peak of my plans for the future).
Step 1: How far have I come this year
I like to look back on how far I’ve come in the past year. Looking at both academic/career goals but also how I’ve grown as a person. I think it’s important to look back to evaluate, and don’t agree everything should always be looking at the future. However, I do think it’s important to make sure you don’t dwell on the past. Instead, use it to create actionable plans for the future.
For example, I didn’t post as much on my blog as I could have (and changed the direction of my blog), and really flopped with instagram, but that was what I needed at the time to have some space. However, I am proud of myself for going back to university and starting my MSc in The Psychology of Health and Wellbeing.
Step 2: Where I am now
Looking at where you are now and taking in all your thoughts and feelings is really important. Ask yourselves things like; am I looking after my wellbeing properly and listening to my body? I overly tired/stressed/getting enough exercise? Am I actually happy in my career/academia or am I just content/settling for less than I can achieve? I think questions like this are really important if we are truthful with ourselves and can lead to conversations with ourselves that we sometimes need to have, but often shy away from.
I know I’m in a better place mentally now, and ready to get back into blogging and content creating. Also, I should probably get a little more exercise in than I do. However, I will be starting back with cheerleading training soon so that will help.
Step 3: Where do I want to be in a year, 6 months and 1 months time
I think it’s important to start at the furthest away time frame, so into where we want to be in a years time at least, for example, I would like to have more viewers on my blog and be starting my PhD that I’ve applied for. I can then break this down into where I want to be at the end of 6 months and 1 month which will help me overall feel prepared.
For example, in 6 months I want to be posting more regularly and building my Domain Authority and have a more clear cut brand. In a months time I would like to of written 4 more posts, and working on reaching out to brands for collaborations. This really helps you break down your larger ‘goal’ into easier, more attainable and less intimidating chunks that will help you get there.
Refocusing for January
I think this simple 3 step method for refocusing in January works really well if it’s written down. Whether that’s in your phone, or a notebook or even a scrap of paper you use as a bookmark! This means you can keep going back and remembering or even editing your goals if you come up with new plans or ideas. It can also be useful to refocus monthly to make sure you’re inline with your future plans or goals.