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The A to Z of OT: G is For… Goal Planning

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”  One of the main ways occupational therapists assist clients is by helping them set and achieve goals.  In order for a goal to be achievable, it must be a SMART goal.

Learn more about SMART goals and how an occupational therapist can help you achieve these in our previous post, An OT Knows How to Help You Achieve Your Goals.

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and to celebrate we will be sharing a new series called the A to Z of OT.  In our attempts to further educate the public about what Occupational Therapists do we will be highlighting twenty-six of the awesome ways OTs provide Solutions for Living.  

We encourage you to follow along and to add to the discussion by highlighting other awesome things OTs help with for each corresponding letter!

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O-Tip of the Week: Identify What is Helping and What is Hindering Your Success

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of January our O-Tip series will concentrate on creating achievable resolutions and goals for the new year.

When working to achieve any goal there will be things that both help you and hinder you.  We refer to these as facilitators and barriers respectively.  When planning goals identify the facilitators and barriers you expect and have available to you.  This step will help you to create an achievable plan.  It is also helpful, when you regularly monitor your progress, to identify unanticipated barriers and facilitators you have found while trying to achieve your goal.

Try using our FREE printable Barrier and Facilitator Goal Planning Worksheets (below) to get you closer to success today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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O-Tip of the Week: Get into the Habit…

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of January our O-Tip series will concentrate on creating achievable resolutions and goals for the new year.

If you’re wanting your resolutions to stick long-term you need to turn the healthy behaviours into healthy habits.  Learn how to create lasting habits that will help you reach your goals in the following post from our blog, featuring a free printable habit tracker!

Solutions for Living:  Forming Healthy Habits

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O-Tip of the Week: When Creating Goals Use Proactive and Positive Language

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of January our O-Tip series will concentrate on creating achievable resolutions and goals for the new year.

When creating your goals try changing the phrases “I hope to” or “I want to” to “I WILL.”   Let the power of a proactive and positive mind guide you to success this year!

Learn more about how the phrases you use can help you achieve success this year in the following article from our blog.

Solutions for Living:  Say “I Will…” this New Year

 

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O-Tip of the Week: When Setting Goals Think “SMART”

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of January our O-Tip series will concentrate on creating achievable resolutions and goals for the new year.

Make sure when setting your goals they are SMART goals.  Learn all about SMART goals in our goal planning guide, complete with a free printable to help you on your way!

Solutions for Living:  Goal Planning Guide

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O-Tip of the Week: When it Comes to Goals Don’t Just “Set It and Forget It”

Our O-Tip of the week series we will be providing valuable “OT-Approved Life Hacks” to provide you with simple and helpful solutions for living. 

For the month of January our O-Tip series will concentrate on creating achievable resolutions and goals for the new year.

We encourage you to set goals and resolutions not just at New Year’s, but throughout the year.

Follow our guide to help you create resolutions you can achieve and start you on your best year yet!

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Goal Planning Barriers and Facilitators

Now that you’ve set goals for the year ahead using our SMART Goal Planning worksheet, let’s delve deeper into how to achieve these goals by looking at barriers and facilitators towards success.  While a barrier is something that may stand in the way of you achieving your goal, such as time or budget constraints, a facilitator is something that can help you, such as a helpful friend or professional.

Considering the goals you’ve set take time to look at the barriers and how you will overcome these and the facilitators you can utilized to help you reach your goal using our printable worksheets.

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If you’re looking for more helpful tools, be sure to visit our Printable Resources page. 

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Goal Planning Guide

To assist you with your goal and resolution planning for the year ahead we present the SMART Goal Planner.  In our previous post, The Complete Guide to New Year’s Resolution Success, we discussed the need to create a SMART goal.  Which means a goal should be:

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting

Use this printable worksheet to help you create and achieve your SMART goals in 2017!

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For more helpful tools for both Children and Adults visit our Printable Resources Page.

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Make 2016 Your Best Year!

Happy New Year!  For many of us, this is when we take time to reflect on the previous year, and set Resolutions or Goals for the year ahead. However, significant research highlights that many people who set resolutions or goals for the year end up abandoning these before the end of January. Why does this happen and how can you ensure the positive changes you wish to make come to fruition?

Check out the following infographic created by Weight Watchers: “The Life and Death of a New Year’s Resolution”

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Here is a summary of this helpful graphic:

1.       Set A Realistic Goal:   Many people start December 31st or January 1st with the mindset that this is the year for change.  They make a resolution to lose 20 lbs, or eat healthier each and every day, add $10 000 to their savings, or quit smoking immediately.  These resolutions are fantastic!  But are they realistic?  You know yourself and your limitations best.  Ensure the resolution you are making is achievable.  Start small and build upon it.

2.       Create a Plan with Milestones:  If you are hoping to lose 20 lbs in 2015 it would be extremely unhealthy and unlikely to do this in one month.  Create a plan of what is an attainable amount to lose each month to reach this goal and HOW you can accomplish this.  If you’re struggling with creating this plan, enlist the help of a professional who can help you along the way!

3.       Make Your Goals and Milestones Public:  Use social media to your advantage!  Making your goal public on facebook or simply via an announcement to your friends will help hold you accountable, thus helping you stick to your plans.

4.       Celebrate Success:  When you reach a milestone on your plan, it’s time to celebrate!  Take time out to be proud of what you have accomplished and give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.  Knowing that you accomplished a small part of your plan will keep you motivated toward the next goal.

5.       Use Technology:  In the world today it’s easy to find apps, and devices to help you reach your goal.  Whether looking to save money, reduce debt, lose weight or kick a bad habit, as Apple says:  “there’s an app for that!”  Invest in a FitBit (or other wearable device) or app to help you with your goals.

Whatever your resolution we hope these tips help you to make 2016 your healthiest and happiest year yet! 

 

Originally posted January 5 2015.