December 18, 2015

Top tips to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality

Making New Year’s resolutions is one thing. Sticking to them and achieving them is another thing altogether. Most resolutions don’t last beyond the first month – 35% of those who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January, according to research by the training and consultancy organisation, FranklinCovey. Just under a quarter (23%) of us will actually achieve those resolutions, says the research.

We’ve written a post on what HR professionals should be thinking about and trying to achieve in 2016. This post should help you achieve those resolutions – be one of the 23% that turn their resolutions into action.

Sit down for an hour or two and think properly about what resolutions you would like to make and why. Or if you prefer to walk and think, as many people do, take a long walk and mull things over. Take a notebook or mobile device to jot down any thoughts.

Here are our top tips to make your New Year’s resolutions a reality:

1. Reflect
Take stock and reflect. Cast your mind back through 2015 and think about what worked well for you. What did you enjoy? What were your successes? What did you achieve? It’s very easy to focus on the negatives and overlook the positives, but it’s just important to build on success as to learn from mistakes.

That said, mistakes do need to be taken into consideration as well. What didn’t go so well for you in 2015 and why? What did you learn? How can you make sure you don’t make the same mistakes in 2016?

2. Look forward. Think hard about what you want to achieve and why. Think about what you need to achieve in your role and also want you want to achieve as a professional, as an individual. Think about what changes are afoot in your profession, what will be important in 2016 and what your role in that will need to be.

3. Plan. After thinking comes the plan. Write a list of what you want to achieve. There is something about writing – or typing – a list that clarifies the mind and commits words to memory. Have a wish list in order of priority. Make it aspirational but not so aspirational that it’s not achievable.

4. Set targets
Make a list of achievable targets. You need solid, definable goals to work towards, rather than a wishy washy statement such as ‘Get to grips with analytics’ or ‘Learn a new skill’.

5. One at a time
Don’t try and achieve everything in January – that’s a sure fire way to fall at the first hurdle. Decide on the order you would like to tackle your goals. It could be in order of importance, or starting small and building up or if a goal is time sensitive or attached to a particular event, then schedule those for the appropriate time.

6. Give yourself a timeframe
If you don’t give yourself a timeframe to work towards it’s very easy to let things slip from month to month. Say that would like to achieve x by this time and y by this time and work towards it. Aim to stick to it but if you don’t achieve it on time, then set a new deadline.

7. Be realistic
Don’t set goals that are so over zealous that there is little hope in them being achieved. Be realistic about the goals, how you are going to achieve them and when you are going to achieve them.

8. Think about the obstacles
Establish what might prevent you from achieving what you want to achieve. Think about how those obstacles might be overcome.

9. Talk about them
Talk to people – your colleagues, your boss, your partner, friends – about your goals. Once you’ve vocalized them it gives you an added reason to achieve them. People might also be able to help or provide interesting insights or feedback.

10. Get started!

And if getting CIPD qualified is one of your goals this year, we can absolutely help you with that. Have a look at what’s on offer by browsing through the programme available to you.