We’ve all been there: every New Year, we dream big and tell ourselves that this is the year we’ll finally get it together and achieve that long awaited goal. Then, a few months down the line, all attempts to keep up our resolutions are long gone and forgotten about. This is not different for our (flexible) work goals.

If that sounds familiar, you’re not alone – research shows that ¼ of resolutions are abandoned within a week, and less than 1/10 people actually manage to keep their resolutions until the end of the year. Why does this happen? Well, it turns out there’s a science of sorts when it comes to making sure you get the most out of your resolution(s) – read on for 3 main pitfalls to watch out for when setting your goals.

Having unrealistic (and unachievable) flexible work goals

Taking the opportunity to change yourself for the better is always good, but it’s how we go about it that is key to success. Rather than pursuing big, fantastical but unattainable goals, it’s a good idea to focus on smaller, more realistic goals to ensure that you have the best possible chance of achieving whatever it is you set out to do. In flexible work, this could mean setting slightly lower financial goals, or aiming to learn new skills one at a time. 

Expecting immediate results

Don’t lose hope – good things come to those who wait. On average, it takes around 2 months to form a habit and for behaviour to become automatic. It takes time for you to see results from all the hard work you put in towards your goals, so don’t be put off if it takes longer than expected to get to where you want to be. Slow and steady wins the race! In flexible work, remember that it might take a number of shifts until an employer recognises your dedication. And it might take several applications until you get the job you want.

Lack of support

No matter how independent you are, we can all benefit from a bit of support to encourage us to keep going on the days motivation run low. Support can come from many different sources – friends, family, and even paid coaches and counsellors. We hope to support you with inspiring stories on our social media profiles and in our blog. Read up on how others have achieved their flexible work goals.

Now you have all the important tips for successful goal setting and achievement. Good luck!