31 January 20244 min

Achieving more success in the New Year - make it a recurrent practice

Written by

Oana MihailescuProduct Coach

Do you know that joke: January is just a trial month?
From when you wake up after holidays until you pass the Blue Monday, you might realize what exactly you want from this new year. As we usher into it, many of us are motivated to set goals and make resolutions that will lead to personal and professional growth. Some work wisdom principles that I have learned during my years of experience in organizational transformation, which holds immense potential for success and which I want to share with you.
In this article, we will explore 3 benefits on how you can become more efficient and successful by incorporating these practices into your life so you can pave the way for a fulfilling and prosperous year.

1. Clarity of Vision:

Product management emphasizes on the importance of defining a clear vision for any project or goal, from top management to teams. Similarly, in setting resolutions, having a well-defined vision is crucial. By adopting the product management approach, you can articulate your goals with precision, ensuring that your resolutions are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) and combining this with data-driven-decision-making, will give you a higher precision on the 'what and how'. Product management relies on data to make informed decisions. Incorporate this practice into your resolutions by tracking your progress, collecting relevant information, and using insights to make adjustments. Data-driven decision-making enhances your ability to stay on course and achieve your goals, by being clear and articulated.

I see many times people just fighting for dreams which are not even theirs, or they are just afraid to start (because they don't have a clear plan), or they just read it in an article/see it at someone else and they think it is cool. Without bringing a meaningful contribution to your life, you might just end up in having endless professional and personal life plans and at the end of the year you will just feel tired, unfulfilled, bored or without even understanding your purpose. So double check on the why is this important to you and maybe visualize how will you feel by having this dream come true. You are almost there!

2. Strategic Planning:

One of the core principles of product management is strategic planning. This involves identifying objectives, analyzing potential challenges, and devising a roadmap to achieve success. Applying this approach to your life practice can help you develop a systematic plan of action, making your goals more attainable and manageable.

How can you obtain this? By breaking into smaller chunks and even more , until you have the actions which shouldn't take you more than 1-2 weeks. And no, you don't have to come with an overarching plan now, you just need to work constantly, repetitively and keep your focus. If I already lost you by rule number 2, let me go back to rule number 1 and explain why it can't work without it.

In the world of product management, efficient resource allocation is key to success. Translating this to your resolutions, means being mindful of your time, energy, and supplies. Prioritize tasks, eliminate unnecessary activities, and focus on what truly matters to make the most of your efforts.

Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.

3. Celebrate success:

Product management encourages iterative improvement based on feedback and analysis. Apply this principle to your resolutions by regularly reviewing your progress, identifying areas for improvement, and making necessary adjustments. This adaptive approach ensures that your goals remain relevant and achievable throughout the year.

Two important aspects that you should take into consideration: be constantly grateful for what you have achieved until now and ask for help, when you feel blocked. Remember, you are not alone, it doesn't mean you are less worthy if you are open about this, you are still the mastermind behind it.

Share your resolutions with friends, family, or colleagues who can provide encouragement, advice, and support.

As you embark on a new year filled with possibilities, consider integrating these 3 principles into your resolutions and enjoy the journey. Embrace the power of these principles, so you can have better planning and make 2024 a year of meaningful and sustainable growth.

Dare to dream the impossible the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.