Today is Friday, January 31, 2014. It's time for evaluation of some things in your life -- being as how today is
Ask yourself questions like these:
If some outside force prevented you from meeting your goals, identify it.
Be sure to be honest about any attitudes on your part that may have contributed to the situation.
An example may be:
If you can, find out what it is that contributes to the undesirable thinking or behavior and seek to eliminate that from your life (at least for a limited period of time).
From the above example, here is a potential scenario:
"I allowed myself to get distracted from finishing that book by watching a video online. The next time I am parked, I'm going to read a minimum of 5 pages before I go online."
When you engage in the desirable behavior, reward yourself appropriately.
Unless you just didn't try, having made a little progress toward worthwhile goals is better that no progress at all.
Now there are cases where outcomes must be evaluated on an "all or nothing" basis.
One such case in point is with air-tight vacuum sealing bags.
Either the bag holds a seal or it doesn't.
In the case of a vacuum bag that didn't hold its seal, determine if:
Today is a good time for evaluation on your 2014 budget, too.
According to a Time article dated yesterday, "nearly half of Americans ... are living paycheck to paycheck."
I would like to see the day when nary a professional truck driver is living paycheck to paycheck.
I urge you to realistically assess or evaluate
One of the things you can do to help you press forward toward your goals is to create a "vision board." One website states:
"A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life."
There are programs and services online to let you create a vision board, but of course, you can make a digital vision board for free in just about any free graphics program.
Find images that encapsulate your goals and paste them to your digital canvas to remind you of your goals and why you should strive to meet them.
PsychologyToday.com says to throw away your vision board and have an "action board" instead.
But in order to take action, you have to know which direction to go, right?
From time to time, your vision may change.
People's circumstances change all the time.
The time to evaluate what is and isn't working for you -- and why -- may happen many, many times in your life.
Take your evaluations and work to make things better for yourself.
Finally, there may be times when only someone else can evaluate how you've done.
Those who do the evaluating may be
In my case, I set out to write a blog post every non-holiday weekday (Monday through Friday) this month.
I succeeded in writing and making the posts.
But was it valuable to our readers?
This is your time to evaluate our content.
Did any of these posts help you?
If so, how?
Could they have been better (such as appear in video format)?
Please share your comments.
Note: This article -- which was originally written and published on January 31, 2014, by Vicki Simons -- was updated slightly in 2018.