Do you have goals? I'm not a fan of New Year Resolutions... why? Because first usually people don't keep them and second why wait? Why get into the habit of whatever you need to do or start working on your goal right away? I've found that if I wait for a certain date-- that date usually never comes or else if I don't write something down I eventually forget about that "resolution". So this New Year I didn't write down any resolutions, but that doesn't mean I don't have goals or things I would like to accomplish this year.
One of my favorite things that helps me organize goals is a planner. I like to see the entire month spread out as well as have a week by week section where I can write things I need to get done and then check them off later! Did I mention that I'm Check-off list kinda girl? :) I love seeing everything done with finishing check marks!
Someone encouraged me awhile back to make small goals that I knew I could accomplish rather then huge ones which I hoped I could accomplish. This really helped me because at the time I wasn't accomplishing much, but once I made bite sized goals- things became easier to accomplish. Later I could re-evaluate, see where I might be wasting time, fix it, accomplish even more, and sometimes challenge myself with extra goal or two. Last year I made a check-off list with my study goals this became a very nice way for me to see how I'd progressed and even though I didn't make the goal (note to self: next time factor in Holidays). I was very pleased with seeing progress and accomplishments!
The Bible says: "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. ~Colossians 3:23-24
Here are some of my Midwifery Goals this year (which I'll break into months on paper):
- Buy a planner (that's an important one!!)
- Complete several of the larger modules: Main Midwifery Modules, Basic Skills (hands on), Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Vocabulary, etc.
- Reading through these books. I made a goal of reading 40 books this year~ 5 of which are listed on the first link.
- Complete a doula course and receive the certification (this one is the equivalent of 6 months!)
- Observe at least one birth (maybe more in the months ahead).
- Possibly go to a Midwifery Conference (more of a "I would like to").