Here’s a theory: there are 3 types of people. There are the people that hate New Year’s Resolutions and the people that love them. And then, there are at least a handful of people that see the word “resolutions” and feel a little lost — or they’re just trying to get through December before setting their sights on next year.
Regardless of where you fall on the love/hate resolution scale, I hope you’ve taken some time to think about your goals for 2020. But sitting down and writing a list of what you want to do over the next 365 days can be daunting, so I wanted to share a bit of how I’m approaching my goals for the new year.
I love brainstorming, so here's a how-to for a really easy way to tackle it. Building out a mind map with Gliffy helped me wrap my head around all my opportunities in 2020.
This step might be obvious, but give it some serious thought. In my case, I’m going to focus on my personal goals. If you’re not clear on what your mind map will be about, it’ll get really cluttered as you keep brainstorming.
I started mine with “Samie’s Goals” to keep me focused. That means I might have some work-related goals, like improving my presentation skills, but I can’t go down a Marketing-for-Gliffy rabbit hole. (That gets its own top secret brainstorm. 😉)
Alright, now let’s start zooming in. These are the big categories that smaller goals can fall under — the “live, laugh, love” of your mind map, if you will. If you’re focusing on your business, those categories could be items like team-building, new business, or customer experience. Or, maybe it’s specific products and categories within your business; for example, a grocery store could have categories like deli, bakery, and produce.
For a personal mind map, common categories are:
Not all of those may resonate with you, and that’s okay. I skipped “friends” because I feel like good things in that zone come naturally — I do have friends, I swear! Here’s where I landed:
These should fill in the blank: “In 2020, I want to _____” if you’re focused on personal goals. Other statements to work from could be “In 2020, my team will _____,” or “this brand will _____.”
The idea here is to start coming up with inspiring statements that can fuel your actions through the new year. If you’re familiar with the SMART format of goal-setting, don’t worry about that yet (that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based and I’ll get into it later).
You might also end up with some specifics jumping into this step. That’s okay, too. Brainstorms are about giving yourself the space to get it all out. You can always fix this later, especially if you’re using an analog tool like sticky notes or a whiteboard, or a diagramming app like Gliffy. My “family” brainstorm got pretty specific already:
I worked my way around and kept dropping ideas in. Here’s a peek of where I ended up after this step:
With big, exciting statements like “In 2020, I want to do a case study competition,” now start thinking through the smaller, concrete steps or tactics. To do that case study competition, I’m going to have to find the right opportunity, apply to be on the team, and ultimately get accepted to a team. For the case study item, I quickly came up with three things to do to support that goal:
As you start working, though, you might find yourself adding steps in this tier of your mind map that still don’t feel super specific. “Practice French” under my Study Abroad goal could be more built out. The last step of this brainstorm will help you identify those items.
For each item in that outer tier of your Mind Map, it’s time to write a statement that’s Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
Here’s how I think of each of those items:
I’ll write statements for each of those items, like:
Those statements essentially become the goals you'll work toward next year.
This format is really easy to translate into a 2020 Goals board!
Of course, there are a ton of ways to project manage yourself through a successful new year. Remember to give yourself space to experiment, slip up, or adjust your goals as you progress through the year.
Best of luck & let me know what big things you want to accomplish next year!
Samie Kaufman - Your Gal at Gliffy
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