As the new year gets underway, many of us may be finding our ambitious resolutions hard to keep. How do we stay accountable to ourselves? How do we not get discouraged with setbacks?
On the most recent episode of podcast “Call Your Girlfriend,” human rights technologist Sabrina Hersi Issa shared her solution on how not to succumb to the anxiety of getting your goals done in the first month of the year, while still staying accountable to personal progress.
Issa’s pro-tip: Take a personal inventory day each month
Instead of forcing a big goal into an arbitrary deadline like a New Year’s resolution, Issa suggests making goal-setting a part of your everyday lifestyle.”If your dreams are important to you, don’t disrespect them by cramming them into arbitrary new year’s resolutions or birthday deadlines,” Issa says.
To make her “possibility model,” where big goals can be executed successfully, Issa explains, she needed to set up “systems and infrastructures in my life to support my ambitions.”
Issa does this by scheduling a monthly personal inventory day “dedicated to my personal life maintenance” like credit reports, doctors’ appointments, and goal planning. Issa sets hers for the day her birthday occurs, the 16th of every month.
Here’s how to make the most out of your personal day:
- Write it down. “Take stock of what you want for yourself, get really honest with yourself, for yourself, and no one else,” Issa recommends. “Be unapologetically focused on what your needs are and write it down. Write down your goals, make a plan, and then put it somewhere accessible you can easily pull up and reference in the future.” Issa uses a private Google document attached to a bit.ly link.
- If you find yourself staring at a blank page, here are prompts Issa suggests you can ask yourself each month: What did I Read More Here