Spring Cleaning Time – For Goals!

Have you taken some time to view where you are in attaining your 2014 goals?

Have you reviewed your goals? Do they still fit?sweeping_the_floor_400_clr_11612

We are closing in on completion of the first quarter of 2014. The first quarter of the year is usually filled with such excitement for the new year, high motivation on achieving the goals set in January, and overall excitement for the clean or new slate a new year brings.

All too often I see people working away on their goals. Momentum has slowed, but they throttle their frustration and keep their head down toiling away at tasks.

Am I saying this is bad?

Not at all!

But there comes a time when review is needed. Review of the work done, of the work to do and of the work itself.

  • Review of work done. Take a moment and look back over your progress to date. Are you on track? Are you on schedule to meet the goals you set out? And an often overlooked, yet SO important task is to look at the work you have done and see if there is room to modify and/or improve how you are working.

Are you getting more done in the afternoon, but always stop to take your daily walk in the afternoon? Then perhaps switching your walk to the morning and leaving more time in your highly productive afternoon window is worth a try.

  • Review of work to do. Once you look at what has been accomplished, it’s a good idea to look at what is ahead. If things are on schedule, then nothing may need to be tweaked. But don’t be afraid of altering the work yet to be done.

You have been learning along the way – so naturally you will find different ways to accomplish tasks. Apply your new knowledge to ensure that work to be done is done in a manner that keeps your goals on target.

  • Review of the work itself. Goals are dynamic – constantly in flux. They have a life of their own and must be cultivated and adjusted where needed. It is very important to ensure you are spending time working on things that propel you forward. I know there is a school of thought out there that advocates changing the path to a goal, but never changing the goal. My rebel chick of personal development is coming out here. I say review it all and make modifications to everything to ensure you are aligned with what you want.

Perhaps you had a goal to learn Pilates and attend sessions twice a week. Then while at Pilates class you are introduced to Yoga and you discover you really like Yoga – even more than Pilates. I believe it is ok to alter your goal and begin going to Yoga rather than Pilates. It makes no sense to continue working on a goal just because you set it 3 months ago. You have learned new things and naturally this new knowledge should be integrated into where you are now.

Of course be careful you are not modifying goals to take the easy way out. If that is the case – you will quit and never reach the goal anyway. That may sound harsh, but review should not become an opportunity for an excuse!

Reviews should not be a “nice to have”.

They are required in attaining goals. Reviews help to keep your eye on not only on the prize – but the right prize! Make sure you are working on goals that still matter to you. Don’t feel guilty about switching it up. Time is precious and should be spent on goals that light that spark and make you feel alive every day!

So go ahead! Take some time for Spring cleaning!

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28 Responses to Spring Cleaning Time – For Goals!

  1. It’s so easy to get distracted by “life” — whether that’s the kids’ snow days or the flu or whatever — so the fact that Spring will actually get to all of the country someday means Spring cleaning. And dusting off goals is a great place to start! Thanks for the reminder, Lynn!

    • You are so welcome Sharon. The shift in weather breeds a perfect opportunity for a shift in thinking and hopefully lead to productive cleaning – internally and externally. 🙂

  2. carelebelanger says:

    Spring is always a great time to do cleaning in every area of our life!

    • Agreed – It really is a great time. motivation sets in when the weather starts to get sunnier, and creating organization and getting rid of clutter can apply to all areas of our lives!

  3. You know what, this is a super idea! One goal I’m having a tough time with is making it to sunrise yoga class. I was going to give up, but I think I’ll try the review process to keep the momentum going. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Im’ happy to say my goals for 2014 are right on track! And spring is my favorite time to take another look!

  5. Spring is certainly a great time to step back and reevaluate goals

  6. Ashley says:

    Great article! This is the perfect time of year to figure out what you still have to do and figure out new ways of getting there if need be. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Nate says:

    I love spring time. Especially that it’s my birthday when it starts. It’s good way to evaluate your goals that you set yourself from your New Years resolutions. I usually do my cleaning around February. Great article!

    • Thanks Nate! It is a good time to make sure motivation is still high to reach the right goals. That way you don’t lose the resolutions. (And spring birthdays are the BEST – mine is next month! 😉 )

  8. Kungphoo says:

    Very inspiring! Spring is surely an excellent time of year to get re-organized! 🙂

  9. I completely agree. I coach my clients to review their objectives and their achievements once a quarter. If you a business owner it is time to review you numbers and make adjustments.

  10. Diane Bester says:

    Always tweaking your goals keeps you happy with where you are headed, Growth involves change. Great post A. Lynn~

  11. This is a good concept if you review your goals it will be easier to achieve them.

  12. It’s important to focus on your goal or you lose sight of the horizon and simply scan your surroundings. 😉

  13. Spring is certainly a great time to clean out your closets and revisit your 2014 goals. It’s a beautiful time of year to refresh your mind, body and spirit and to make sure you are still on the path to reaching your goals. Great post and advice.

  14. alexandramc7 says:

    Excellent article and truly inspiring! My word for 2014 is “Momentum” and I selected this word as a reminder to keep the momentum…whether it is our goals for business or personal life. ALSO, it is never too late to push the restart button and continue the momentum! 🙂 Spring is a wonderful time to do this….spring cleaning!

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