Well, 2018 is almost over and I’m bringing you the last post of the year.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the different ways that I could write this post and it excites me to think of all the new things I want to accomplish in the new year. Isn’t it crazy how drastically different we feel from December 31st to January 1st? In reality, nothing really changes. For me, it’s just the idea of closing a chapter and starting something new that excites me! 2018 was so good to me and I want to make 2019 even better. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my top tips for setting and actually achieving your New Years goals.
Categorize Your Goals
One of the things that helps me the most when trying to get things done is writing down lists. And, to take it a step further, I also categorize my lists. My Google Calendar task list is divided into many categories such as The Honest Pisces, Personal Tasks, Wedding Tasks, Online Orders, etc. You get the pictures. Within these task lists I write down individual goals or tasks I need to accomplish as well as due dates if applicable. For me, keeping things organized helps tremendously. I can easily find tasks for specific projects and can cross them off when I’m done.
This is the same with your goals. Categorizing and subcategorizing your goals can be a great way to keep track of them and see where you’re making process in different facets of your life. This year I separated my goals into Financial, Personal/Physical, Blog, Wedding, etc. Write them out. Flesh them out. Trust me - fleshing out your goals plays a huge part in you actually being able to achieve them which brings me to my next point…
2. Explain How You Will Achieve Them
It’s one thing to just write down a goal and another thing entirely actively achieving it. In the past, I would just write down a goal like “Lose 20 pounds by the summer” but didn’t actually write down how I would lose the weight. Going into 2019, if I write a goal down i’m also going to write down three things that are going to help me achieve that goal. So now my goal will look like:
Lose 20 Pounds before Summer by
Cutting out soda
Working out 3x a week or more
Taking morning or afternoon walks
The three tasks that you choose might not always work. You might have to go back to the drawing board and find something else that works. However, the point is that you have a game plan. Having a plan is the important part.
3. Set Attainable Goals
Part of setting yourself up for success is setting goals you can attain. That’s not to say that you can’t become a millionaire within the next year, but start small. Set the goals that are going to help you become a millionaire instead of writing down “become a millionaire.” Does that make sense? This comes back to my previous point: make sure you have a plan. It’s incredibly hard to achieve big goals if you don’t start small first and don’t have a plan.
Setting small, attainable goals are a great way to build up your confidence towards achieving much bigger goals down the line! Remember K.I.S.S. or keep it simple, silly. Wether it’s cutting out soda or learning to produce less overall waste, being able to cross off a simple goal on your list is huge!
4. Set Numerical Goals with Deadlines
Unfortunately for 99% of the population, setting vague goals doesn’t actually push us to accomplished them. In my Senior year in college I took a professional writing course and one of the most crucial things our professor taught us was how to properly create tasks and goals. Because, believe it or not, there is actually a right and a not-so-right way to set goals.
The best way to ensure you’ll accomplish a goal is to set numerical value to it and assign it a dead line. There’s a significant difference between “I want to lose weight” and “I want to lose 20 pounds by July 1st.” By setting a numerical value to the amount of weight you want to lose, you have a definite goal to work towards. By assigning it a deadline, you’re giving yourself a time frame in which to accomplish said goal. Remember, if you lose 18 pounds by July 5th you didn’t fail! The whole point of really defining your goals is to push yourself!
5. Forgive Yourself for Failing
A really big part of trying to make life changes (big or small) is failing. And a really big part of making sure those life changes stick is making sure you pick yourself back up after you fail. Weight loss is at the top of almost everyone’s New Year’s Resolutions and it’s the thing that trips people up the most. We feel like as soon as we have a cheat meal (or cheat week, let’s be honest), once we’ve fallen off the bandwagon we can’t get back on. FALSE! You can always get back on the bandwagon. Just admit you fell off and try again. On the other side of the coin, don’t constantly fail and use it as a pass. You have to try.
With all of that said and done, my biggest tip to you would be to not call your goals “New Years Resolutions.” Don’t go out of your way to mention them to anyone. Don’t gloat about them. Just keep your goals to yourself. Work on them in silent. That’s one of the most important things I have to work on in the coming year. Celebrate quiet victories. If you fail, no one can judge you. Talk about your failures after you succeed. Trust me - it works.
While you’re here and you’ve made it to the end of the post, I just want to wish you a successful and prosperous new year! Chase new opportunities. Create new dreams. Travel more. Prioritize the things that make you happy! And remember - you don’t have to wait until the new year to make big changes! Thank you so much for reading this year’s last blog post and for supporting and reading my posts in 2018. Even bigger things are happening soon!
See you next year!
The Honest Pisces