How a chicken can help you make 2014 your best year yet!

We are well into 2014! Ya!! How is January treating you so far?

As you may know, I spent 6 months in Australia, and rounded off the year in stunning Dubai! It was the first year I was out of the UK for New Year’s (Scotland doesn’t count!) and it was nothing short of mind blowing amazing. You can see a bit of the record breaking fireworks in the short video below.


What I love about Dubai is it really is a land where dreams are created, planned and manifest. Now it’s a rapidly growing hub for business and tourism and it was the perfect place for me to go and do some 2014 masterminding amongst an incredibly successful group of people. 2014  has a lot to live up to, and I have have been challenged to do some out-of-my-comfort-zone stuff with my life and  my business too. Are you also up for a challenge? Do you want to make 2014 your best year yet? Do you want to see in the new year in a gorgeous place in good company? I’m working on some things, this space…!

How do you make 2014 your best year ever? Well, I’m not going to do the usual goal stuff, some of it is really good, so why don’t we do it? Why do we give up? How can it be different this year?

I’m doing my goal setting like this, so thought I’d share it with you:

1. Crystal clear vision of your future

2. Written down

3. Pinned up where you see them every day (bathroom mirror/fridge door are old favourites)

4. 12 month, 3 year, 5 year goals

5. Stepping stones on how to achieve them. What are the 10 most important things you need to do right now?

6. Incude timelines to achieve them

7. Get organised. Schedule dates. events, trips, alerts in your planner/journal/phone. Broadcast them to your friends/followers for accountability. Get a large wall planner and add them in.

8. Plan and execute daily, weekly, monthly activities. Tick them off as you complete them.

9. Give yourself rewards for reaching a milestone. You will be busy achieving your dreams and goals and other things will have to be sacrificed in the process, like TV, socialising, dinners out etc. Reward yourself with these things once you complete a self set milestone. Distractions exist when there is a lack of focused action When you are doing what you said you would do and complete it, then you can reward yourself with the night out, TV show, etc etc

10. Get yourself an egg timer. Chunk your tasks into 30 min or 60 min intervals. To be really, really thorough, a mentor of mine told me your day chunked into 30 min time slots can make you super productive (I’m personally still working on that one).

Which of these 10 steps are you already doing? Let me know your productivity tips, share in the comments below! Get going with these, and next week I will give you another 6 things you want to get going to make 2014 your best year yet 🙂

To your goodness and your gorgeousness,

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  1. I am doing most of these things. But one thing I don’t do is rewarding myself very often. I spend a lot of my time being focused on those around me that I forget (or don’t have time) to be good to myself too!

    • Hey Amanda! Yeah, they are popular things to do – if we do them! Self care is huge!!! Reward yourself when you achieve the milestones you set for yourself, it feels so good!

  2. I love this post! So many great nuggets of info. I typically set my intentions for the year, but I like the idea of looking 3 years and 5 years out. I’m also going to try the egg timer 30 minute segment idea. I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    • Thank you Emily!! 3 and 5 years can seem such a long way out, but looking back at goals I set back then, lots have been achieved – it’s amazing! A few not, probably because it wasn’t really my goal or something in me changed and it was no longer that important. I’d love to hear how you get on with the egg timer!

  3. Love this perspective! Especially the egg timer, it works!! I use it all of the time to get me started. I also like to keep things really focused by only committing to 1-5 things per day. I use what I call my post it rule. Whatever MUST get done that day is written on the post it (in black marker because it takes up more room).If I finish everything I can move on to more, but I don’t have to if I don’t want to. This keeps to -do list overwhelm at bay and I feel productive every day which creates momentum.
    Works like a charm!

    • Heya Susan 🙂 Love your comment! 1-5 must-dos in black marker pen on a post it is a FANTASTIC way to approach productivity and is so doable! I can see how those things just get done and how YOU are the one in control, not the pile of stuff!!! Love it, thank you!!!

  4. LOVE your 10 steps, farah – quick and easy, which make them DOABLE. i’ve got #1, 2, and 3 down, and have actually been working on a variation of #4, 5, and 6 this weekend. need to spend more time concentrating on #7-10 (i’ve been doing #8 for a few goals, but not for all). thank you!

    • Hi Apri!Thanks for your comment 🙂 ! have 6 more steps which I am about to post. I think somethings just become 2nd nature after a while, yet a reminder and the simplest tips are always the ones which, if we actually do them, the stuff gets done!

  5. Hey Farah, first of all – I LOVED your title! Secondly your 10 steps are an excellent reminder for getting into gear for 2014. Thanks for sharing.

    • Awww, cheers Sonja! Even though its a new year, goal setting can of course be done at any time, I guess it’s a time of reflection and taking stock, and we generally have the time to look forward. This may mean congratulating yourself on a task you are half way through! Have a super 2014 🙂

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