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New Month, New Goals: Time to Plan for Success

04 July 2024

By Beth Cameron

New Month, New Goals: Time to Plan for Success

​At First Choice Recruitment, we understand the importance of setting clear objectives and planning to achieve them. Whether you're seeking a new job, aiming for a promotion, looking to enhance your skills, or generally improve your routine and wellbeing, remember: if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!

The Importance of Goal Setting

Goals provide direction, focus, and motivation. They transform aspirations into actionable tasks and allow you to measure your progress. Without goals, you're just reacting to events rather than proactively shaping your future.

Why Planning Matters

Planning is the roadmap to your goals. It's about breaking down your objectives into manageable steps, allocating resources, and scheduling activities to ensure you stay on track. A well-thought-out plan can spot any risks, anticipates challenges, and maximise efficiency. It keeps you organised and focused, making it easier to monitor your progress and adjust your strategies as needed.

Steps to Effective Planning

1. Define Clear Goals: Start with the end in mind. What exactly do you want to achieve this month (or beyond this month!)? Your goals should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART).

2. Break Down Goals into Tasks: Once you have your goals, break them down into smaller, manageable tasks. This makes them less overwhelming and easier to tackle. Create a checklist or a project plan to track these tasks.

3. Prioritise: Identify which tasks are most critical to your success and tackle them first. You could use techniques like the Eisenhower Matrix.

4. Allocate Resources: Determine what resources you need to accomplish your tasks. This could include time, money, tools, or assistance from others.

5. Set Deadlines: Deadlines create a sense of urgency and help prevent procrastination. Assign realistic deadlines to each task and stick to them.

6. Monitor and Adjust: Regularly review your progress. Are you on track to meet your goals? If not, why? Be flexible and willing to adjust your plan as circumstances change. Continuous improvement is key.


Overcoming Challenges

Even the best-laid plans can encounter obstacles. Be prepared to pivot if something isn’t working, and try not to hesitate to ask for help when needed.

15 Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health and Wellbeing*

1.       Prioritise Self-Care: Schedule regular "me time" for activities that you enjoy or that relax you.


2.       Stay Active: Engage in regular physical exercise, which can help reduce stress and improve your mood. Even just a few minutes a day is better than nothing!


3.       Food is fuel: Consume nutritious foods that support both physical and mental health.


4.       Sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to help maintain mental clarity and emotional stability.


5.       Practice Mindfulness and Meditation: Incorporate mindfulness practices or meditation into your daily routine (or even once a week… whatever suits you!).


6.       Stay Connected: Maintain relationships with friends and family. Try to surround yourself with positive influences and reduce exposure to negative ones.


7.       Limit Alcohol and Avoid Drugs: Try to minimise harmful substances.


8.       Set Realistic Goals: Break larger tasks into smaller, manageable steps.


9.       Learn to Say No: Don’t overcommit yourself. It’s okay to set boundaries!


10.  Take Breaks: Ensure you take regular breaks to avoid burnout.


11.  Seek Professional Help: Please don’t hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. Our app for our candidates also offers 24/7 support.


12.  Practice Compassion and Gratitude: Keep a gratitude journal or take time each day to reflect on things you’re thankful for. Also… be kind to yourself!


13.  Stay Informed: Educate yourself about mental health and wellbeing. By doing this you will learn healthy coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.


14.  Limit Screen Time: Reduce time spent on screens, particularly social media, to avoid unnecessary stress and comparison.

15.  Volunteer: Helping others can improve your mood and give a sense of purpose.



* Disclaimer: This content has been written by Beth, our designer and marketer. Although Beth has a personal background in mental health and has worked for mental health organisations, she is not a mental health professional. That being said, all of these tips have been taken from credible sources such as Mind and the Mental Health Foundation.



A new month is a blank slate, a chance to set new goals and outline a plan to achieve them. At First Choice Recruitment, we believe in the power of planning and are here to support you every step of the way.

If you’re looking for guidance on setting your career goals or need support in finding your next opportunity, get in touch with us at First Choice Recruitment. We’re here to help!

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