When you know what you want from life, you can plan it well.
To make the changes take the baby steps one day at a time. It isn’t easy to suddenly start preparing for PMP and put 4 hours a day.
Pen down what you want next month and the coming year. Set your priorities, look at it realistically and then decide your goal.
Change is good and forming new habits are better. For me, I have planned my goals that I need to get done for the next 6 months- both personal and professional. I have listed them down and on a weekend chalked it out- what I can do instead of what I want to do.
Turns out, I need more time to do self studies and am always running out of time. All the travelling and hectic schedule was taking a toll on me and I missed being super- happy about life. Also, I tried reading while commuting to work which I used to successfully in Chicago when I took public transport. Now, reading in jam packed streets of India seems impossible. I tried, hated myself for not being able to do it and wasting 45 minutes everyday twice doing nothing.
So, I changed. I wanted the happy positive feeling that I could keep to myself for the rest of the day and also use the time. So, I started listening to podcasts- motivational stuff, things that will inspire me. I download them on Sundays, to keep me busy for the next 5 days. And I have enjoyed it very much.
I have also kept my list very lean- no additional distractions. Focus on things you can do and that will make you happy.
This is something I read and am sure you will like how people chisel their own career paths
I also read that when you have decided on something, don’t share it because chances are you won’t do it then. I read these 2 different articles in complete different context but in a way they made sense.
So, don’t make random new year promises this year. Don’t right down pages and then feel silly for not doing them. Keep it lean and keep it right and don’t judge yourself too often- I think you will be fine.