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December 2018 SMART Goals – Focus, Reflect, Relax

I’ve written a few times on my blog about how I set goals in December, not in January so avoiding all those ‘New Year, New Me’, New Year resolutions. I think it’s easier to make changes in your life at another time of year.  I started making changes in December over 10 years ago – it seems to work for me, as the run-up to Christmas has always been a time of reflection and regrouping for me.  I’ve always had a diary, used reminders or to do lists either on paper or electronically. It really helps me to be accountable to myself. Last month, I started writing my SMART Goals on my blog, as it helps me to see what I’ve achieved over the month, the quarter and going into 2019. It also makes goals more real, realistic and accountable if they are public goals shared with your friends and family.  In December, I’m concentrating on my photography especially with my Lensbaby and my working life.  So I am focusing, reflecting and relaxing.

If you’ve ever been on any marketing, project management or planning courses they’ll have mentioned SMART objectives. SMART goals are:

  • Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound (i.e.What is the deadline or timeline for your goal?)

I wrote about how to set your SMART Goals last month:

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Let me know in the comments how you get on?

How I monitor and record my progress:

I have a diary/journal where I note daily activities. Also, I use alarms on my phone to schedule activities. I use the Pomodoro method – timed 25-minute work sessions and then a timed five-minute break – every four or five 25 minute sessions you have a longer break. This method really helps me focus. Continue reading

Using SMART Objectives for November Goals - consolidate, learn, balance

November 2018 SMART Goals – Consolidating, Learning and Balance

I’ve never written one of these posts before on my blog, even though I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have a list of goals/plans written down – it is achieving your goals that’s the tricky thing.  But, I thought I’d start doing writing my SMART Goals every month on my blog, as it will help me to see what I’ve achieved over the month, the quarter and going into 2019.  It also makes goals more real, realistic and accountable if they are shared with colleagues, friends and family.  It also helps me to think of some words which sum up what I want to achieve – Learning, Consolidating and Balance. 

postcards a black wooden background, scattered around one says Dream Big, another 'Live Simply, Be Grateful, Give Love, Laugh Lots', another a 1-10 list on a grey background, A large letter B card, four orange/yellow roses and a pair black garden snipper sissors

Dream Big, Live Simply, Be Grateful, Give Love, Laugh Lots – and have a list 😉 – and flowers in your life

I’ve been thinking over the last year or so about what really matters to me.  The affirmations in the picture I took for the header sum this up too.

I took this photo at the BlogOn conference in Manchester in September.  It was part of a photography session with Lucy from ‘Captured by Lucy’ who as well as being a very talented writer and photographer sells her own very high-quality backdrops for photos – I didn’t take this photo on an old wooden painted floor – it’s vinyl. Continue reading

hydrangea limelight white flower head with pink tinges

Summer hanging on – Six on Saturday – 20 October 2018

I’ve been away for the last three weekends, having fun on crafting adventures with the Women’s Institute and supporting my husband and pals running a half marathon for the motor neurone disease association. So I’ve not had much time for major work in the garden – I did manage to get out and photograph some of the plants. The weather is still rather odd in Manchester – warmer than it should be at this time of year so flowers are still going strong…Here’s my six on saturday choices.

1. Argyranthemum – Marguerite Daisy

marguerite – pale yellow

I have two of these daisies on my front porch in pots – I don’t know the specific variety as I think they were from B&Q with no tag. They’ve been very happy this year especially in the blazing sunshine and heat of June/July. Now to try and keep them alive over the winter. Continue reading