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5 Strategies For Setting New Year Intentions Vs. Resolutions

"Our intention creates our reality."

— Wayne Dyer




Setting New Year Intentions Versus Resolutions

 As the new year begins, it's natural to reflect on the past year and harbor a strong sense of hope for the upcoming year. While intentions focus on the overarching values or principles that guide one's actions, resolutions are often neglected after a few weeks into the New Year. According to an Ohio State University study, 43% of New Year resolutions are quit by the end of January. Therefore, we strongly recommend setting new year intentions reinforced with S.M.A.R.T. goals versus resolutions. This blog post will provide mindful goal-setting strategies for a successful year ahead.

 

Reflect on Achievements & Learnings

Carve out a dedicated time to review your professional journey over the past year. "Employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about lessons learned performed 23% better after 10 days than those who did not reflect" - hbr.org. Acknowledge achievements, projects completed, and challenges overcome. Recognize the skills you've developed and the lessons you've learned. At home, extend this reflection to personal growth, relationships, and meaningful experiences. Creating a comprehensive overview allows you to appreciate the full spectrum of your life.

 

Create a Dual Vision Board

Extend your vision beyond the workplace by creating a vision board that beautifully intertwines all your aspirations. Harness the creative power of visuals and words to vividly depict your career goals, aspirations, and dreams for a harmoniously balanced home life. Strategically placing the vision board where you can't miss it will easily align your daily focus on your overall goals. As you immerse yourself in this visual journey, watch how it becomes a catalyst for positive change, propelling you toward a future where both your professional and personal aspirations thrive in harmony.

 

Set SMART Goals for Work-Life Balance

In the professional realm, set SMART goals that specifically address work-life balance. Define clear objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This could involve establishing boundaries for work hours, scheduling regular breaks, and allocating time for personal development. "one study found 76% of participants who wrote down their goals, made a list of goal-driven actions, and provided weekly progress reports to a friend achieved their goals — which is 33% higher than those with unwritten goals" - blog.hubspot.com. Applying the SMART criteria ensures that your goals are realistic and attainable.

 

Plan a Mindful Goal session with Your Team

Extend the reflection and goal-setting process to your team. Sit down with your colleagues to discuss and set strategic goals for 2024. Create a shared vision that aligns with the company's direction for the upcoming year. Plan team-building activities and rewards that align with your shared values, nurturing a sense of innovation, collaboration, and well-being within your organization.

 

Implement a Gratitude Ritual

Cultivating gratitude is a transformative ritual that spans both work and home, infusing each area of life with positivity. Regularly jotting down three things you're grateful for in each setting becomes a powerful anchor, grounding you during both professional challenges and personal joys. This intentional act of gratitude fosters a positive mindset, enhancing overall well-being and reinforcing the importance of appreciation in all aspects of life. Over time, this practice can reshape your outlook, contributing to a more optimistic and appreciative approach to both work and home life.

 

By integrating these practices into your year-end routine, you'll be setting the foundation for a well-balanced and fulfilling year ahead. Wellness is a holistic journey that encompasses both your professional and personal spheres, and these ideas aim to cultivate a sense of harmony across all aspects of your life. Here's to a new year filled with growth, well-being, and the perfect blend of work and home harmony!


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