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A Fresh Take on Goal Planning

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Happy 2017 peeps! Here’s to a successful, rewarding, joyous and blessed year ahead Insha’Allah!

As I went through my previous rants, I found one I had written some eight years ago for my career development blog on goal planning. Now as you have your resolutions set for the year, let me ask you, “when was the last time you actually went passed February with your resolution in mind?” Assuming probably minimal to oh dang, right?

Here’s my fresh take on goal planning and what you can take from a habit done eight years ago to apply it in 2017.

Is your new year’s resolution to lose weight? Finish college? Travel the world? That can be your resolution but with no real set goals, it’s never going to happen.

I think what many of us forget to do when we talk resolutions is coming up with tangible ones. We need to talk goals, break it down and work our way towards it. Remember, resolution technically means to solve a problem not achieve a milestone. We want to focus on achieving milestones, hence you want to focus on goal planning.

For example, If you have a weight problem, then your resolution is to lose/gain weight. Yet, if you have a weight you’d like to achieve, then your goal is to reach that weight.

Here’s an example I use often. I’m a bookworm, I love reading. Yet because of my hectic schedule, I’m not reading as much as I’d like. My new year’s resolution is to read more. Done, nothing tangible, nothing structured, nothing really to motivate me to read more books.

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My new year’s goal is to read twelve books. How will I do so? Here’s a copy of what I drafted for this year, a monthly and weekly goal plan to achieve my reading goal and resolution.

So take out a clean sheet of paper, write out your goal plan and post it somewhere you’ll see it. Also, highly recommend using that calendar on your phone and posting reminders for yourself. Every day, every week, every month. You’d be surprised come December 2017, and pat yourself on the back.

Happy New Year peeps!!

My Latest Discovery, GoodReads.com

I was on Twitter the other day (when am I not on Twitter?!) when I came across my friend’s tweet recommending a book she had just finished reading. Being the bookworm that I am, I clicked the link, my eyes widened and my jaw dropped! I had come upon a gem by the name of GoodReads.com.

Mind you, I know the websites for Borders, Barnes & Noble (once-upon-a-time I used to work at both places for the discounts) and Amazon.com exist. However, to come across an entire online community dedicated to books and amazing authors put a big smile on my face after a rough week of following the events in Egypt.

If you haven’t checked out GoodReads.com yet, please do! I’m slowly but surely adding all my books which you can view on my profile. Feel free to add me and share your favorite reads. I’m currently reading By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho and so far I’m liking it. Anyone read it?

Do consider yourself warned that if you are a fan of books as I am, you will catch yourself browsing through this site for hours! Enjoy! =)