It’s that time of year again: “new year, new me.” Yep, we’ve all heard it before. Everyone is talking about their New Year’s resolutions and how they’ve become a whole new person since January 1st. Don’t get me wrong, that’s all well and good…if you’re actually going to make changes.
We’re all guilty of setting goals that we don’t actually follow through with, but this year I want it to be different. I want to not only think of new things to accomplish in the new year, I actually want to write them down, focus on them, and achieve them. If you’re like me and truly want to follow through with your New Year’s goals, this post will be very helpful to you. I’m going to share some tips that will help you set achievable goals for the new year!
Categorize. It’s really helpful to put things in categories. This year, I broke my resolutions down into the following groups: relationships, health, money and self. This way I am able to see a few goals in every category, instead of a daunting list of 50 things in a row.
Keep it concise. I don’t know about you, but I know if I make a super long list of things I need to accomplish in 2018, I’ll be very overwhelmed. Try to keep your list short, including only the most important goals you want to achieve.
Make it personal and don’t rush. Setting goals should be a meaningful and personal process; it’s not some list that you should throw together in two minutes. You should take the time to reflect on the past year you’ve had and think about the things you want to stop doing and start doing. Also, take the time to think about your ultimate goals, and the things you will have to do to get there.
Be strategic. After you’ve reflected on last year, think of new goals that actually make sense for where you are in your life. For example, if you just graduated from college, one of your goals for 2018 could be to save $200 from every paycheck to go towards paying off your student loans.
Make sure they’re specific and measurable. It’s not enough to just say you want to “drink more water.” Well….what is “more water”? You’ll help yourself in the long run if you quantify “more”. For example, instead of saying “more” say, I want to drink at least four 20 ounce bottles of water a day. This way, you will actually know if you’ve met your goal because you’ve been specific with what you want to do and how you’re going to do it.
Make sure they’re challenging yet attainable. It’s important to set goals that will be a realistic challenge for you. I’ll use myself as an example. I do not exercise on a daily basis; I go to a workout class twice a week. Instead of saying I’m going to work out 6 days a week, a challenging yet attainable goal for me would be to workout 4 times a week. This would be a good, gradual start for me because it’s double the amount that I’m working out now, yet not so unrealistic that I know I’m never going to do it (ie. going from 2 days to 6). If you meet your new goal with ease, then you can definitely increase it to be more of a challenge.
Don’t lose them. Put your list of written goals in a place you won’t forget (if you don’t want to literally write, you can type it in the notes on your phone or computer; maybe even make it your background). You can tape your list to your mirror, put it on your dresser or some other place that you’ll see it every day. You don’t want to lose track of the list that you’ve worked so hard on.
I know that setting new goals can be hard, but if we make a conscious effort to set a few meaningful goals, I think we can definitely stick to it! What are some of your goals for the new year? How do you keep track of them? Let me know in the comments!