The New Year always excites me. I love starting over, starting anew and refreshing my life, and the New Year is the perfect time to do so. Each year, I like to take a look back at the previous months’ photos in my phone to remember all that I’ve celebrated. This year, there was so much that made me happy, I actually got exhausted looking through the photos.
Set Achievable Goals
The chances you’ll completely change your life in one year are slim, but making strides towards a goal with smaller steps each year is definitely something you can achieve. Instead of setting lofty goals, set goals that are attainable and realistic. Realistically, can you save $15,000 in one year? I can’t. But I can pay off my credit card balances.
When I have due dates that are open-ended, I end up pushing them off until the last minute, or not doing them at all! I’ve found that by setting “internal” due dates, I’m much more likely to get it done. If you’re at all a procrastinator, you know how important a deadline is for productivity.
Write Your Goals and Display Them
Some people save images of their goals as their phone screen or their desktop background as a constant reminder of what they’re working for. This year, I used my creativity to hand draw my goals on a sheet of paper and I plan on sticking them to the back of my bedroom door so that I have to look at them every single day. It was fun to draw out my goals (I made them super cute) and I even included checklists for goals along the way.
Check In Every Month
It’s like Group Therapy, you’ll need to check in on your goals every once in awhile to make sure you’re still on track. Every first of the month is a good way to check in if you have year-long goals. Other goals (like savings goals) can be looked at every other month or even every quarter.
My Goals for 2017:
- Lose Weight and Get Toned: 2016 was all about working out – and that I did, a lot! However, I didn’t lose any weight because I ate so much bad food! Instead of putting a goal on how much food I won’t eat or how much workouts I will do, I’m making it a goal to lose weight and get toned. I have specific goals for the wedding, and I know that will help keep me accountable.
- Read 20 Books: Last year I set a goal of 12 books and ended up reading about 15, largely in part to the 4 I’ve read this past week. 🙂 I really love reading and I’m hoping I’ll be able to read 20 this next year.
- Pay Off Credit Cards: Since we purchased a home and started planning a wedding this last half of the year, I’ve been spending a little bit more on my credit cards. I hate carrying a balance, but unfortunately I’ve had to the past couple months. I want to pay off all that I spent in 2016 and spend less in 2017.
- Get Back in the Blog Swing: I really missed blogging the last half of 2016. I wasn’t focusing on content as much and I had so much going on that I had no time to plan ahead. I have specific growth goals for my blog and my social accounts and hope to achieve all of these while making myself proud of the work I’m producing!
What are your resolutions for 2017? Share them with me!