New Year Goal Setting

Team Challenges

Last year when Kelly proposed the Self-Care challenge (see blog articles ‘Putting the Self back into Self-Care’ and ‘Self-Care Challenge Part II’), I didn’t realise how rewarding I would find the experience. I am still working hard to achieve a 30 minute break from work every day and quickly realising that I am gaining just as much from the journey as I am sure I will from the end result.

A key driver for me to succeed in my challenge has been the encouragement and support from my colleagues. So I thought it would be worthwhile for the entire team to identify a goal for behaviour change that they would like to achieve in the New Year.

Over the past few weeks the team have been sending me their SMART goals, which are published below. Each team member will provide a reflection of what inspired them to set their specific goal and their experience in working towards the goal later in the year.

We hope these SMART goals will give an insight into our team and motivate you to identify and achieve one key goal for behaviour change this year!

Team Member: Alexandra Walsh, Associate Consultant

Challenge: Brain Break

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My SMART Goal:

I, Alexandra Walsh agree that beginning 17 February 2015,

I will take a 30 minute Brain Break at the end of each day. This means setting aside at least 30 minutes of time where I do not think about work, and engage in another activity that focuses on someone and/or something else. This Brain Break does not include the car trip home from work but will be spent doing something I enjoy.

This is attractive to me because I have experienced the positive effects of taking this break - it enables me to clear my thoughts, feel rested, mentally energised, and more creative.

If time pressures such as multiple due dates/deadlines and working past finishing time arise,

I will manage these by setting a calendar alert or alarm for the same time each day to ensure that I take the Brain Break even if I need to continue working afterwards.

If these actions are not achieved, I understand that the consequences for me will be feeling less energised and rested, which in turn may result in less efficient and productive work.

I will know that this is working when I:

  • Feel more mentally rested at the end of each day and have less recurring ‘work thoughts’;
  • Come up with more creative ways to solve problems that I have been thinking over, and feel less concerned with these problems;
  • Engage in the 30 minute Brain Break automatically instead of needing an alert or reminder.

I will review my progress towards this goal on 30 June 2015, with the LFCS team.

 

Team Member: Betina Osley, Team Coordinator

Challenge:  Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy wallet!

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My SMART Goal:

I, Betina Osley agree that beginning 17 February 2015,

I will vow to ensure that I am always working to change my mindset to work towards a Healthy Mind, Healthy Body and Healthy Wallet.

This is attractive to me because if I achieve this goal, I will be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle which will mean having more energy, being less tired, being able to save more money and not feel guilty about habits I have formed!

If the following obstacles should arise: like me falling back into old, bad habits such as not bringing my lunch into work or buying take away for dinner.

I will manage these by understanding what part of my process is going wrong and how I fix it. If it means narrowing my focus to just one area (i.e. planning meals for just breakfast and lunches), this may also be something I can look at.

If these actions are not achieved, I understand that the consequences for me will be that I will continue to feel tired and sluggish and my savings will not increase at a healthy rate as I am spending too much on unnecessary food.

I will know that this is working when I see (more of/less of) the following: This will start to show when I find myself with more energy and more time to spend with my husband. It will also show when I start to see my savings increase.

I will review my progress towards this goal on 30 June 2015, at the Left Field offices with the whole Left Field team.

 

Team Member: Jessica Fraser, Senior Consultant Psychologist

Challenge: Chaos Management

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My SMART Goal:

I, Jessica Fraser agree that beginning 17 January 2015,

I will create an organised environment and develop a more structured way of thinking, which allows me to achieve ‘balance’. This means devoting time and energy to all meaningful and fulfilling aspects of my life. This includes:

  • Further developing my project planning skills to allow ‘buffer time’ in my schedule
  • Effectively utilising available resources to ensure I always have an ‘energy reserve’
  • Learning quickly from my successes and shortfalls, and holding myself accountable for actioning these learnings
  • Taking action to maintain my personal resilience to ensure I have a clear mind to manage ‘chaotic’ periods at work
  • Making ‘prioritisation’ a habit by building time into my schedule for relationships and personal pursuits and upholding these commitments 

This is attractive to me because I would like more quality time dedicated to my relationships, my personal interests and my clients. I would like to be more efficient with the way in which I use my time and energy. I would like to stop feeling frustrated, disappointed and missing opportunities.

If the following obstacle should arise: I am time poor and prioritise other commitments over my agreed actions,

I will manage this by reprioritising, requesting support from others and researching strategies to motivate me during busy periods.

If these actions are not achieved, I understand that the consequences for me will be reduced time dedicated to my relationships, my personal interests and my clients; reduced efficiency and productivity, and feelings of frustration and disappointment.

I will know that this is working when I see (more of/less of) the following: less clutter in my environment, less unnecessary worry and frustration, more clarity in managing projects, projects completed early and consistently upholding and gaining fulfillment from personal commitments.

I will review my progress towards this goal on 30 June 2015, at LFCS Office with LFCS Team.

 

Team Member: Kate Higgins, Administration Assistant

 Challenge: 27 y.o. woman seeks HEALTH for lifelong partnership.

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My SMART goal: 

To be more consistent with healthy lifestyle choices that will help me become a more resilient and efficient person in all areas of my life.

I, Kate agree that beginning 17 February 2015 will

  • Improve my physical life through: consistent and regular exercise (aim: 3-4 times/week); better sleep habits (consistent waking time); and eating for health (and not torturing myself with guilt when I do have a “treat”).
  • Improve my mental health by: practicing mindfulness strategies (3-4 times/week); allowing time for self-reflection; and allowing time to be creative!
  • Improve my social health through: maintaining social events (aim: social 2 times/week even during peak Uni times).

This is attractive to me because it will help me to see life in a new light and not be so bogged down by negative or influenced thinking. Also, I know there are bountiful benefits for leading a healthy life.

If the following obstacles should arise: lack of focus on health or falling back into old thought patterns.

I will manage these by reminding myself that I am living with a goal of ‘health’ and this is going to help improve my productivity, energy levels and enthusiasm for life! I will also ask people around me to encourage me and help me keep on track.

If these actions are not achieved, I understand that I will not be living to my best capacity.

I will know that this is working when I see (more of/less of) the following:

  • More: Confidence, energy and enthusiasm.
  • Less: Concern with what people think and negative thinking patterns.

I will review my progress towards this goal on June 30 2015, at LFCS with LFCS Team.

 

 Team Member: Kelly Maniatis, Managing Director

Challenge: Inspired Living

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My SMART Goal:

I, Kelly Maniatis agree that beginning 17 February 2015,

I will create a lifestyle that supports my passion for my family, my work as a psychologist and my team at LFCS. This includes:

  • Working smarter not harder: utilising my time at work efficiently and producing work that is of high quality without too many double-ups or reworkings; stopping and reflecting on whether I need to do the task or should I delegate/develop others in the team to do it
  • Developing strong working relationships with my team to have fun at work in building the need for organisational psychologists in Brisbane
  • Taking time on Fridays to develop personal relationships with my son and husband
  • Working a half-day on Mondays and using the afternoon time for self-reflection and personal development
  • Eating healthily and being physically fit (to avoid flus and illnesses throughout the year)

This is attractive to me because I will like to be seen as happy, optimistic and inspiring to people, particularly young professional women.

If the following obstacles should arise: My mental habits of taking on too much and not focusing on my vision

I will manage these by taking stock and being accountable when I go off course.

If these actions are not achieved, I understand that the consequences for me will be not a happy family and work life balance!

I will know that this is working when I see (more of/less of) the following: having Friday’s as a family day, being able to take a few weeks off, to see a happy and productive team who take the LFCS vision to another place that I hadn't dreamed of.

I will review my progress towards this goal on 30 June 2015, at LFCS Office with LFCS Team.

 

Follow our progress by visiting the LFCS blog throughout the year!

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