How to master & keep track of your 2019 goals

You started the new year off with big dreams and aspirations. You think “I am definitely going to be healthy, drink more water, switch up my workout routine, achieve inbox zero, start saving, and run my all-time-consuming side hustle!” But then you realize that it's late-January, and you’ve finished binge-watching “You” instead of focusing on you (yes, Y-O-U) and your resolutions.

We’ve been there (Peach Salinger, FTW) and it sucks to disappoint ourselves, but know that it’s never too late to buckle down and refocus on your goals (trust us, we are constantly rearranging and reevaluating our to-do lists at The Cosmos). Here are practical and easy-to-do tips to help you follow-through on all your career and personal resolutions in 2019. Scroll on to turn your goals into reality!

  • Reflect on last year’s failures and celebrate your achievements. Before setting new goals, write down five failures or mistakes you’ve made in 2018. Once you identify the mistakes from your past, take some time to reflect. What should you do differently this year to come up stronger and better than before? Next, and most importantly, write down five of your career and personal achievements, big and small. We tend to ignore our accomplishments, when in reality we’ve done so much (we’re all go-getters and high-achievers here, after all) and we deserve to feel pride in how much we’ve learned and grown.

  • Break down goals into specific tasks that have concrete timelines and numbers. If you want to begin investing, set a deadline for setting up your 401k. If you’re planning on changing careers, email five people who have successfully made a similar transition over the next three weeks. Like the bullet journal method, "next action" items with measurable to-do’s are key for checking off those bigger, loftier goals.

  • Meditate for 15 minutes every morning. When you’re thinking about the past or future, you’re prone to feelings of regret or fear. By being in the present, you can focus on what matters most. The "4-7-8" breathing technique works for moments of stress, but for regular mindfulness practice, use a meditation timer or listen to a relaxing track. Remember, you can only effect change in the now.

  • Journal in the evening. You might be thinking, “Journaling? Really?” We know. Asian women are busy AF. However, setting aside some “me time” for reflections on a regular basis will help you keep track of your goals and gain understanding of all the emotions that come with big life changes. You may find that your priorities take a new trajectory as the year progresses too. Do you really want to travel 40 minutes to get to that fancy gym downtown? Is your goal more costly and time-consuming than you realized? You’ll have better chances of keeping your resolutions if you approach achieving your goals as a well-documented journey, not a destination.

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Written by Amy Wang-Hoyer

Cassandra Lamwork, productivity
How to Write Your Best Ever Year-End Review

Life isn’t easy, but The Cosmos is here for you. We’re creating How To Guides for Asian women, by Asian women to unpack and tackle the real shit we go through. Because we deserve to flourish and thrive together.

If you are not required to write a year-end review for your company or client, this guide can still be helpful. Take a moment to reflect on your work year with us to set yourself up for a success in 2019!

Writing your self-review is probably the last thing you want to do before the holidays (I promise to do mine after one more episode of Terrace House...) but it’s one of the most important steps to owning your career success.

F*ck the patriarchy by standing in your power and writing the best ever year-end review. This is your chance to show your manager all the boss moves you’ve been making. Research shows that women are less likely to talk about our achievements, which can hold us back from promotion and leadership opportunities. We know this can feel uncomfortable / awkward / weird / ”omg do I have to” so we put together this custom guide to support you. All you need is Google Docs to get started!

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  1. Write your career goal in big bold font at the top of the Google Doc. "I want to _______."  A promotion? A cross-lateral move? An opportunity to work with a new exciting partner or client?

    1. Cosmos Tip: An impactful review is more than a summary of what you did. It’s your chance to orient your manager around YOUR career goals, to help them become your best champion. By writing it at the top, you can anchor your review around this outcome and get your message across.

  2. Now write a 1-sentence “headline” that describes your work this year. Imagine you’re on the front page of the New York Times. What would it say? 

  3. Identify 3-5 specific situations that support that headline. Consider using the Situation / Behavior / Impact framework:

    1. Situation: What happened? What was the context? 

    2. Behavior: What did you do? 

    3. Impact: What impact did that have on your company, team, customer, user, etc.?

    4. Use “I” statements -- yes, your team helped, but this review is about YOU. Don't hesitate to let your contributions shine!

    5. Cosmos Tip: Start a fresh Google Doc at the beginning of the next year so you can proactively drop scenarios throughout the year. This way, you aren’t stuck wondering WTF happened next time around!

  4. If you’re asked to provide peer reviews, make a shortlist of 3-5 people who’ve worked closely with you. Don’t just choose your friends -- think about the people who worked most closely with you. Grab a coffee with them and let them know your goal (see step 1!). Being more hands-on in the process empowers your colleagues to advocate authentically for you - the first step to helping others help you is to ask, the second step is to show them how!