As the year winds down, it’s often a time for reflection and a time to look ahead to the next year. Are you living the life you want? How did this year go? Did you get closer to reaching your goals? Where and who do you want to be next year at this time?
I have a busy life at home and at work. As an introvert, I also have a never-ending supply of ideas. It’s impossible to do everything that you would like to do and you must prioritize. To reach your goals, you need a plan. Can you find a quiet place to give your most important priorities some serious thought? As an introvert, you have a great gift for reflection, but you have to give yourself some time and have a quiet space for deep thought.
Get yourself a notebook or your favorite device and answer the following questions:
What are the major things you want to accomplish this year?
What are the big lifetime goals you want to accomplish?
What are some short-term goals?
What are some long-term goals?
What are the day-to-day things you need to do?
What do you want to do each day?
What does an ideal day look like for you?
What should you stop doing?
With these answers, now map out your typical day, week, and month. As part of your plan, build in a weekly time to find a quiet space to review your progress. How are you doing? Do you need to make some adjustments?
As you are building this plan, keep your introverted needs in mind. You are a gifted thinker. You need time to clear your mind, prepare, reflect, and think. Taking a little time to plan and prepare will help you focus on your projects and work more efficiently. Recognizing when you need to recharge and allowing yourself some quiet time to reflect inwardly is necessary to keep you sharp and energetic throughout your day. Understanding and taking care of your introverted needs will allow your mind to function at it’s most effective and will become a powerful tool in your success. Learn more in my new e-book, Minding Your Time: Time Management, Productivity, and Success, Especially for Introverts.