New Year Goals: How to Write Goals for Life, Not Just for January
Updated: Aug 25
We're two weeks into January and I don't know about you but it's around this time that I normally start to slip away from my 'New Year’s Resolutions'. As hard as I try, I just can't keep up with the four-page-long list of life-changing tasks that I set myself! For example, I say that I'm going to 'be healthy', and 'be a better blogger', and 'get up at 6am, meditate, do a work out, make my lunch from scratch, and save the planet every morning before work' and I wonder why I can't keep up!
Well, this year I've decided to change things up a bit. Instead of the strict 'resolutions' that I would normally set, I've created a list of simple, achievable goals to aim for, and so far, so good! Yeah, we're only a couple of weeks in, but I'm still going strong and I don't seem to be slipping any time soon. I think I've finally cracked it!
So, I thought I'd share with you a few tips on how to make sure that the goals you are setting are positive, achievable, and simple enough to accomplish! Basically, this is how to make sure your goals are for life, not just for January.
* To check out my list of achievable goals, scroll to the end of this post! *
1. Be specific!
We’re all guilty of making those way-too-general goals. ‘Get fit’, ‘eat better’, and ‘read more’ are just some that spring to mind! These kinds of goals are not only ridiculously generic, but way too difficult to uphold. Why make life harder for yourself? Instead, cut the bigger goals into smaller, more manageable ones. For example, instead of ‘read more’, change it to ‘read at least one book a month’. Suddenly, it seems much more achievable, and it’s so much easier to maintain. If, say, in three months you’ve only read two books, you can re-evaluate your goal, and change it to something more realistic, like one book every two months! Not only will this help you to keep up with them, but it stops you failing and beating yourself up about it!
2. Add dates!
Leading on from the previous point, adding dates to your goals gives you something to aim for, but make sure they’re actually achievable! Don’t aim to gain 5000 Instagram followers in a month if you know you normally get 500, for example. If you divide your goals up into weeks or months you won’t be at risk of over-facing yourself, and they’ll become much more achievable!
3. It’s all about the positives!
Sometimes, when setting goals, it’s easy to think about all the negative things we want to change. ‘Stop being so lazy’, ‘lose weight’, and other phrases mean you end up focusing on all the things you don’t want, rather than the things you do. This is a great way to make you feel like sh*t and means you’re manifesting all of that negativity! Instead, make sure you’re putting a positive spin on your goals. Focus on the things you want, rather than what you don’t want and you’ll be much more inclined to achieve them! Think; ‘Encourage my productivity’ and ‘get all the nutrients my body needs to excel’.
4. Be Kind!
If you’re like me and you start to slip around about now, be kind to yourself! Instead of beating yourself up for failing, think about why you’re slipping. Was the goal actually achievable to begin with? Remember that New Years ‘Resolutions’ don’t have to be set in stone! And contrary to popular belief you are allowed to set goals at other times throughout the year. Set yourself a date a few months in to reflect on your progress and make any changes necessary to make sure that you can achieve your goals. And remember, if you don’t stick to them there is a reason for it, and that reason isn’t because you’re rubbish!
Hopefully these simple points give you an idea when forming your own goals, and they help you to stick to them this year!
If you haven't yet decided on your 2020 goals, or you’re struggling to keep them, why not check out my list for inspiration?
My New Year Goals:
1. Create routines that help me to use my time wisely and try to follow them as much as possible
2. Exercise at least once a week to boost my mental and physical health
3. Have a self-care day or night once a month at least
4. Plan time to sort out the spare room – work on it on weekends for next month
5. Work on my writing – create blogging calendar and do some research on writing for magazines
6. Repeat affirmations as often as I need to improve my confidence
7. Go to the library more and try to read one book a month