Better approaches to creating worthwhile goals, doing annual reviews, and defining wealth

Building Blocks: Actionable insights to build an Intentional Life

Hey everybody,

Happy New Year!

Here’s another batch of actionable insights to start your week off right, so you can be more intentional with how you live, work, and create.

Let’s get started.

Insight 1: Not all goals are created equal

Instead of wasting your time making New Year’s Resolutions you’ll abandon in 3 weeks, here’s a better approach to setting worthwhile goals using evidence-based psychology:

A Better Approach to Setting Worthwhile Goals

Insight 2: Treat people like people, not cogs

It’s Annual Review season.

While your competitors continue to treat their employees like cogs in a machine, add these 9 questions into your annual and quarterly reviews.

They’ll help you build a team of happier, healthier, more cooperative, more engaged, and more productive human beings:

Question #1: Do you have the energy to execute your responsibilities or are you tapped out?

Question #2: Do you have the mental bandwidth to do X?

Question #3: How can you improve team dynamics?

Question #4: How can you prioritize mental wellness in the workplace?

Question #5: How can you set better boundaries in the workplace?

Question #6: Where are the bottlenecks we’ve been ignoring?

Question #7: How can I improve communication?

Question #8: How can I become a better leader and empower others to become better leaders?

Question #9: Where can I turn for thought-partnership and improve my critical thinking skills?

Go here for the full breakdown of how to incorporate each question into your company’s annual and quarterly reviews:

Want To Improve Your Annual Review? Ask These Questions

Insight 3: Wealth means more than money

Time is our most precious resource. It’s why I try to share as many actionable insights as I can to help people be more intentional with how they live, work, and create—so they can make the most of the time they have.

Here’s a quick read about Morgan Housel’s perspective on the value of having the freedom to spend our time however we want:

The Highest Form of Wealth

Question for the Week

What epic goals do you have for this year?

Insights in Action

One of the best ways to clarify your thinking is to write it out.

So if you want to develop your thinking on this question or start applying insights from today’s newsletter, send a tweet to @CoreyWilksPsyD with your thoughts and put #BuildingBlocks at the end so I can find it.

Not ready to “think in public” yet? No problem. You can also reply to this email if you want to share your thoughts with me.

Until next time—memento mori,

Corey Wilks, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Certified Professional Coach