It’s that time of year again; time to celebrate the closing of a chapter that is 2019 and reflect on this past years’ successes, failures, moments of joy and sadness and think of how your 2020 could go better. If you’re like us, chances are you’ve made New Year’s resolutions in the past and couldn’t stick to them. We aren’t alone, thousands of Americans this year will make goals for the new year and abandon them by February. So should we even try again this year? Is it really going to be a “new year, new me”? Yes! Don’t give up on yourself just yet, here are some tips that will make achieving this years goals more attainable.
- Don’t be vague with your goals
When making your goals, being as specific as possible will make it easier to track progress and cross milestones throughout the year. A goal setting framework called S.M.A.R.T. makes it easier to create goals that you can achieve.
SPECIFIC- Be specific with your goals. For example, instead of saying “my goal is to lose weight this year”, a more specific way of saying this would be “I want to lose 20 pounds this year” or “I want to go down two dress sizes this year”.
MEASURABLE- Make sure your goal is something that you can track. What will reaching your goal look like? What does a milestone look like?
ACHIEVABLE- Keep your goal challenging, but also not too extreme. Take a look at your resources in life that will help you meet your goal.
RELEVANT- Does this goal help further what you want for yourself in the long run?
TIME-BASED- Give yourself a timeframe and deadline for your goals
- Have a support system
You’re human. There’s going to be days when you lack motivation and want to give up, but sometimes just knowing that you’re not alone and you have people that want to see you succeed can be just what you need to pick yourself back up.
- Find a friend that you can trust. Share your successes and failures with each other. Keep encouraging each other and have regular get-together’s to update each other on yalls progress
- Participate in a Facebook group that’s right for you. When trying to find the right group to join, find out the purpose of the group. Is the group trying to tackle the same goal? Are they encouraging each other by lending advice and support?
- Get involved in your community. Maybe your goal was to participate in a 5K, there may be a running group in your community. If your goal pertains to be financially responsible, many communities put on free seminars you can attend.
Surrounding yourself with positive, encouraging people can help keep you accountable. Recognize if the people around you are helping or hindering your progress.
- Remind yourself of your goals everyday
If your goals are out of sight….then they really are out of mind. This can be just as simple as putting motivational sticky notes on your mirror or your desk at work. Put a reminder on your phone. Just make sure you’re reminded of your goals everyday and the reason you made the goal.
- Establish a day-to-day routine
Take a day out of your week to write out a routine for the week. Make a list of your daily tasks that include simple things like what you need to do to keep your home clean and organized or even tasks you want to accomplish before you go to work each day. Structure your day by morning, midday, and evening tasks.
Take advantage of the times you have the most energy. During these peak times is perfect for you to accomplish projects that require more time and effort. Factoring in nutrition and exercise can help boost your body’s energy to get more accomplished.
Really test-drive your routine for 30 days and document it. End your 30 days by evaluating strengths and recognizing points that need improvement. Tweak your new routine if needed.
Buy a planner or download a free scheduling app to help you stay on track. Don’t spread yourself too thin and realize that creating a healthy day-to-day routine will take time to progress.
- Invest in your goals
Recognize what is necessary to sacrifice in order to accomplish your goals. Evaluate how much time you spend on things that could be replaced with working on your goals. Cut down on bad habits like binge-watching Netflix or eating out for every meal. Serious determination to achieve your goals may require more time and effort to get where you strive to be.
Some examples of what you should ask yourself:
- Does your goal require more of your time?
- Do you have to wake up or go to bed earlier?
- Do you have to say no sometimes to going out with friends?
- Do you need to expand your knowledge by doing research? (ie: buying a book)
- Maintain your mental wellness
It’s important to remember that we are our own worst critic. Failure’s are bound to happen so don’t be too hard on yourself. Incorporate time for what you need mentally and physically to reduce the stress and anxiety that come with new life changes. Feeling great about yourself can spark the motivation you need to get things done. Blogger Shelby Franklin shares 5 types of self care to maintain a healthier and happier you!
- Reward yourself in the process
Treating yourself to something that doesn’t clash with your plans is a great way to help you stay motivated and stay on track. You’re truly trying and seeing progress in achieving your goals.
Don’t get stuck on an escalator, if something isn’t working, change, adapt! Only you stand in your way. There’s 365 days in the year and 365 opportunities to take advantage of!