The holidays have come and gone, and you may be feeling keen on a new year and a new you. January is a wonderful time for reflection, as well as short and long-term goal setting. Naturally, this process looks different for everyone, but it’s important to put your best foot forward when walking into the new year. We’ve gathered five central ideas to help you get set for the new year.

We recommend beginning the process with a yearly review. It’s a perfect way to start the year to help you learn what worked well, what pitfalls you encountered, and what changes you can make to achieve those shiny new goals you’ve set for yourself.

Once you’ve reflected on the past year and have an idea of where you want to go in your personal and professional life, you should:

1. Set Reasonable Goals

It can be easy to become overzealous when it comes to setting your goals but being overly ambitious right out of the gate can be a hindrance to achieving your goals. You do not want to automatically set yourself up for failure. You want to challenge yourself but not dissuade yourself. Ensure these goals are measurable and attainable. Setting a date to reach your goal will allow you to measure your progress and success. Keep it simple and attainable. If you set large goals, break them into smaller achievable goals – which can also make it easier to track your progress.

2. Create a Plan

To follow through with your goals you need a plan. You can start with the best intentions, but if you do not know how to achieve your goals, you will be setting yourself up to fall short. Create an action plan. List the steps you will need to take to achieve your goals and any new skills you will need to be successful. Provide yourself with everything you will need to ensure you are prepared to meet your goals. With that, you also need to remain flexible and reassess your progress often to make corrections if necessary. This step helps set the framework for longevity and triumph.

3. Stick to the Plan

Now that you have a plan make sure you stick to it. We all know that a few months in it can be easy to let go and no longer make your goals a priority. Don’t do it! Make yourself accountable. You have put in the effort of creating goals and setting an action plan so remain laser focused.

4. Prioritize your Tasks

There is never enough time in the day to achieve all that you want, stay organized and prioritize your tasks. Prioritizing allows you to focus on what matters and needs to be completed first, helps you to stick to your plan, and attain success. You do not need to get it all done at once, but prioritizing your tasks will go a long way to reaching ultimate success.

5. Create and Maintain a Work-Life Balance

Don’t let your goals become your end all be all. It is important to maintain a healthy work-life balance throughout the goal-achieving process. Go see the most recent movie release with a friend on a Tuesday, take a lunch break walk, or keep that mid-week dinner date you had planned. You want to avoid burning yourself out which can lead to discouragement or failure.

Obviously, not everyone sets the same goals for themselves, but taking and using these recommendations as a roadmap can ultimately help you achieve the goals you set.

Here’s to challenging yourself and making 2023 your best year yet!