It’s about to be the last quarter of the year and you’ve just realized ‘Holy cow! There’re only three months left in the year!” You’re not where you want to be given what your goals were at the beginning of the year. And it’s been another busy year juggling career, family, and relationships. And now you’re tired, feeling like you’re on a hamster wheel, desperately trying to get it all together.
But you’re really determined to move the needle on your goals this year. So how do you accomplish that before December 31? Well, grab your favorite cup of tea (or mug of coffee – I’m a tea person 🤷🏾♀️), because we’re diving into the magical world of being a productivity queen and crushing your goals before the year ends!
1. Center Your Vision
First things first. One of the best ways to remind yourself about which goals are important is to dig out the vision you set for yourself at the beginning of the year and compare the list of goals you created against that vision. Then assess the “life happens” factors in your year thus far to see if those goals are really on track.
Didn’t create a vision?
No worries, I teach you how in my annual workshop, Best of Both Worlds, in the New Year. And you can sign up on the waitlist here to be notified once the doors open. But for now, determine which goals are most important to you given the events of the year and the time you have left. These are the goals you should focus on.
2. Embrace the Power of Lists (and Not Just Grocery Ones)
Let’s be real, mama. Your to-do list is probably longer than a CVS receipt. But fear not, because lists are your secret weapon! Write down everything you need to conquer under each of the goals you identified from step one above – from changing diapers to taking over the world (okay, maybe not that last one). Prioritize like a boss, tackle one item at a time, and celebrate each victory with a funky dance move (or spa day, totally your choice). You’ll feel like Wonder Woman, I promise.
3. Delegate Like a Pro (And No, I Don’t Mean to Your 5-Year-Old)
Repeat after me: I am not a one-woman show.
It’s time to delegate tasks, my friend. Your partner, friends, heck, even your neighbor’s cat might be thrilled to lend a paw. Remember, you don’t have to do it all. Just because it’s an important task to get done, doesn’t mean it has to get done by you! Loosen that grip on control (just a smidge), and watch as the universe conspires to make your life easier.
4. Time Blocking: Your New BFF
Now, time blocking might sound like a fancy term, but trust me, it’s a game-changer. Set specific blocks of time for different tasks and activities.
During work hours, focus on slaying your job. Give yourself timed deadlines to accomplish mini-tasks while you’re in work mode. For example, need to check email frequently? Check on the hour every hour for 10 minutes. That’s it. That way, you have 50 minutes of uninterrupted time to accomplish a task. Pro tip: Break down tasks you can accomplish in 50-minute chunks (or whatever timetable you set) so you feel motivated to beat the clock and move the needle forward.
When it’s family time, mute those notifications and give your munchkins the attention they deserve. Your boss can wait, but those precious kiddo moments won’t.
5. Find Your Superpower Routine (And Stick to It):
Routines are your secret weapon. Figure out what works best for you and create a routine that aligns with your goals. Maybe you’re a morning person who crushes a workout at 5 am and finishes work before breakfast. Or maybe you prefer to tackle your to-do list after the kids are tucked in bed. Whatever floats your boat, find your groove and commit to it like you’re committing to the last slice of heavenly chocolate cake.
6. Embrace the Art of Saying No (Sorry, PTA Bake Sale)
Repeat after me once again (we’re getting good at this): I cannot please everyone.
It’s time to prioritize YOUR goals and say no to the things that don’t align with them. Sorry, PTA bake sale, but you’re not making the cut this time. Remember, it’s okay to be selfish sometimes, especially when it comes to achieving your dreams.
7. Feel Free to Change Your Mind (Just Not Everyday)
Sometimes, life throws curveballs, and priorities shift.
If a goal no longer serves you or your life, it’s perfectly fine to reassess and pivot. Don’t beat yourself up about it. You’re a dynamic, ever-evolving woman, and your goals should reflect that.
Earlier this year, one of my goals was to travel to every major office in my law firm to build my internal network for business development purposes. But then I got pregnant with a high-risk pregnancy and my doctors restricted my travel. Life be lifing sometimes, amiright? 😩🥴. Needless to say, I had to re-prioritize some goals to prioritize growing the life inside of me. I also had to come to terms with the fact that it was okay.
So don’t be afraid to adapt and change course when necessary. It’s okay if a goal no longer serves you.
The Big Picture
Okay, that was probably a lot. But these are the tools and changes my clients have used to move the needle with the rubber met road. The goal is to stay laser-focused in these last months by implementing each of these steps and making them routine, which all leads to year-end success!
If you want a more in-depth guide on how to craft a vision and goals that align with your life and your career, I’ve got you covered. My annual workshop, Best of Both Worlds, is coming up in January and is designed to get you exactly that – the best of both worlds to have your best year ever. Sign up for the waitlist here to be the first to know when the doors open!