Setting Goals for the New Year

A Guide for Business Working Parents

The new year is a time for new beginnings, and for many business-working parents, that means setting some goals. But with so much going on in your lives, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s where this blog post comes in! We’ll discuss the problems that business working parents may face as they look at the year ahead, and offer at least 10 tips to help you address these pain points.

The Problems

One of the biggest problems that working parents face is simply finding the time to set and achieve goals. With so many demands on your time, it can be difficult to find even a few minutes to sit down and think about what you want to accomplish in the year ahead.

It may also be difficult to stay motivated. It’s easy to get sidetracked when you’re juggling a busy work schedule and a family. It can be tough to stay focused on your goals when there are always other things vying for your attention. 

Finally, working parents often have to deal with feelings of guilt and stress. You may feel like you’re not spending enough time with your family, or that you’re not being as successful at work as you could be. This can make it difficult to stay motivated and on track with your goals.

The Solutions

The good news is that if you take things a step at a time, you can get there.  Use these 10 tips to get started on setting and achieving your goals in the new year:

  1. Set realistic goals. Don’t try to do too much, or you’ll just end up feeling overwhelmed. Start with a few small, achievable goals, and then gradually work your way up to bigger ones.
  2. Break down your goals into smaller steps. This will make them seem less daunting and more manageable.
  3. Create a schedule and stick to it. You may want to schedule these steps in your iStratus planner so you can make sure to stay motivated and on track, making progress toward your goals.
  4. Find a support system. Working with your spouse to set and achieve these goals but consider whether you need additional support.  You may need to enlist your children or even a nanny.
  5. Take breaks. Don’t try to work on your goals all the time. Schedule some time for yourself to relax and recharge. Studies show that it’s often during our downtime that we make the biggest leaps forward in our goals.
  6. Reward yourself for your accomplishments. Creating rewards for achieving the different stages of each goal can also act as a great motivator.
  7. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling to reach a goal, don’t hesitate to ask for help from a friend, family member, or professional. The truth is that people love helping others achieve their goals.  But be prepared to lend a helping hand to them as well.
  8. Don’t give up. There will be times when you feel like giving up, but don’t do it! Just keep going and you will eventually reach your goals.
  9. Celebrate your successes. This is a little different than creating a reward.  We encourage you to take some time to celebrate your success. This will help you stay motivated and on track.
  10. Review your goals regularly. As you progress through the year, review your goals and make sure they’re still relevant. You may need to adjust them as your life changes.

If you’re a working parent, we encourage you to set some goals for the new year. By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success. So what are you waiting for? Start setting your goals today!

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