New Year’s resolutions part 3 – evaluation of goals
To successfully carry out New Year’s resolutions, an action plan is essential. But how do we know if our plan is good and will definitely work? Find out how to verify it and the impact of goal evaluation on the effectiveness of our actions.
New Year’s resolutions are still a “hot” topic. If you are just at the stage of choosing your goals or making plans to achieve them, first read the articles New Year’s resolutions part 1 – how do I plan my nutrition goals? and New Year’s resolutions part 2 – how to effectively achieve your goals? They will help you avoid the most common mistakes that sabotage your actions on the way to realizing your dreams. You will also learn how to approach planning and what to pay attention to so that your New Year’s resolutions this year will be successful.
New Year’s resolutions – am I doing it right?
On the other hand, if you already know what you want to achieve and how you want to achieve it, then there is nothing left for you to do but systematically act and implement the planned steps. Seems simple, right? But after all, if it were so, then everything would always work out for everyone. In fact, it almost always turns out that suddenly there is no time for something, and many tasks in the week are left undone. You may be surprised, but. this is normal. Very often, especially if we are inexperienced, we misestimate the number of tasks and the time needed to complete them. As a result, our plan stops “pinning down” and frustration grows in us. What can be done about it? With practically every project, you can improve something in your operation. However, in order to do this, we need an analysis of activities, i.e. evaluation.
Evaluation – the key to effective implementation of goals
Evaluation is a systematic examination of the value of a given plan or process, based on accepted criteria. It is done in order to improve and develop it. In practice, in the case of our New Year’s resolutions, it is to stop at certain intervals and analyze whether our plan is working. If this process is missing, we are actually operating on autopilot, assuming that we will achieve what we dream of through our actions. As you can guess, this is most often an unrealistic expectation. So we can draw one conclusion: evaluation is an essential part of achieving virtually any goal or project.
Evaluation of New Year’s resolutions – how to do it?
To conduct an evaluation efficiently, you need to ask yourself some basic questions:
- What worked well and went as expected?
- What went wrong?
- What was unnecessary?
- What wasn’t there but should have been?
Then, based on the answers we gave ourselves, we need to draw conclusions relative to each point. These conclusions should give us information about what should ultimately be changed because it didn’t work, and what shouldn’t be changed because it works. It is worth remembering that not everything is black and white, and that some processes only need to be improved, rather than looking for completely new solutions. Evaluation will help us avoid mistakes and problems down the road. This will bring us closer to achieving our dream goal.
How often to conduct an evaluation?
To be able to improve processes efficiently and effectively, it is worth doing it systematically. It is best to conduct evaluations on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. Does it seem like a lot of work to you? Not necessarily. It’s definitely easier to summarize a week’s work, and then analyze a month, a quarter and a year on that basis. Systematic evaluation allows you to make really significant changes with relatively little time spent on this task.
Remember that evaluation is not meant to be a killing process, but rather a motivating one. It’s really normal that some things need to be improved, or maybe even abandoned altogether and replaced with new solutions. On the other hand, certainly, a lot of activities were planned and executed well, and it’s worth celebrating. Therefore, change what needs to be changed, but enjoy even the small successes. Appreciate yourself and your work, and you will keep your motivation high.
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