#saskedchat January 7th, 2016 – Goals: Setting & Strategies

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Our first chat of 2016 focused on goals – setting them and strategies for following through. Many of us often make resolutions for the new year, hoping that this will be the year that we stick to them or at least a few of them. For this chat I also tried out a new chat service at Participate for which I included the transcript link for this chat. I’m going to be using Participate for the next few weeks to see how it fairs as I take part in chats and moderate #saskedchat.

As one would expect, there has been a multitude of articles related to setting/making and keeping resolutions. Like many people, I often set resolutions but didn’t follow through. However, last year, I decided to do something a bit different and only focused on one specific goal – reading a book every two weeks. I have to say I did pretty well, averaging a book every 2 1/2 weeks. Sometimes I read more while other times I didn’t have the time to read but my goal was flexible enough that it allowed me to make adjustments throughout the year. Although I’m not setting this as a goal this year, I am hoping that the habit of reading will continue because, really, that is what we hope to do in a resolution, change a habit.

For many teachers, the beginning of the new year is near the mid-point of the school year so it’s a great time reflect on the goals that were set for the school year to see how things are going. As an administrator, the new year provided an opportunity for me to do some reflecting on the months that had passed, look at some of the data from the beginning of the year, check in with teachers to see what supports they needed and just take stock of where things were at the school level and for myself at the professional and personal level.

This year I have decided to do a #oneword365 focus instead of any resolutions.

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway!

Choose just one word.

One word you can focus on every day, all year long… One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.

It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps.

That was how we began the chat – one word focus. For me, my word is presence.

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Maybe it’s my age or maybe I’m no longer buying what many are selling but it seems that with all the focus on innovation and change in the last little while, much of the focus is not on now but sometime in the future – what can we change, how can we make it better, how can I be happier then – instead of being present now with the people who are with us and looking at making today, now, a great day. We do need to look forward, to plan, to gauge how things are going but too often we’re looking ahead – once this or that happens or when I get this done or when I can afford that or can go to this or that place.- while what we are doing today almost goes unnoticed – it’s just what we need to do to get to there – wherever there might be. It’s like now, today, the place we are in and the people we are with aren’t as important as what will happen, maybe even tomorrow. For me, being present now, with the people around me and what I’m doing is a focus for me this year.

What’s your focus for the new year? Did you make a resolution or are you doing something else?

Check out what the #saskedchat participants are doing and what else we discussed in the archives.

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I am a husband, father, son.... I am currently working on my PhD in Education - Curriculum and Instruction. My focus is teacher professional development and social media integration. I have a beautiful, supportive wife who has been my partner for 28 years. We have 8 wonderful children who are amazing individuals. Together, we are exploring the world around us, sharing our stories, and enjoying the journey!