Happy New Year!
As a chronic list maker, goal setter, and just planner in general I get excited when the new year comes around because it means I get a fresh start to set new goals. I wanted to share with you today the things I’ve learned over the past few years about making goals or new year resolutions and successfully achieving them.
1.Make easy goals.
When I say easy I mean ridiculously easy. Think of goals that you are 100% sure you can achieve. I believe that by making and completing easy goals, you give yourself momentum to tackle larger goals. For example, one of my goals is to simply hang up my coat and purse everyday instead of draping them over the couch.
2.Use the buddy system.
Accountability is a proven method used to reach and maintain goals. Ask a friend to join you at the gym a couple times a week or volunteer at a soup kitchen. You can also come up with goals together and encourage each other throughout the process. Send each other motivational text messages or emails once a week as a reminder that you are still there for them and working towards the goal.
Just like #1 make the reward very simple at first. Don’t make your first reward of the year a brand new pair of Jimmy Choo heels. Start off with something small like a new lipstick or magazine. It is also best to space out rewards. Once you have completed a goal go ahead and reward yourself but then increase the difficulty of the goal and the length between rewards.
4. Do a little every day.
Over the past 4 months I have been trying very hard to break my habit of procrastinating. I have done a really good job too and the way I have been accomplishing this is by taking a goal and breaking it up into daily tasks. It is not a new concept that doing small parts of a larger task each day will help you complete the task with less stress. It is, however a hard concept to put into place. One goal I made a few months ago was to keep the house more organized and tidy.
I used to let my laundry and house cleaning pile up until it was complete chaos. Then I would have to dedicate an entire day or two just to cleaning up those messes. Now I try to clean a little every single day so I don’t have to waste my weekend with a dust rag in my hand. I also like to use the 60 second rule. If something will take 60 seconds or less to clean up I do it right then instead of leaving it for later.
This same idea can be applied to a new year resolution. Think of some 60 second tasks you can do each day to work towards your goal.
5.Write it down.
We are all so busy it is possible to simply forget about a goal. So, writing down your goals and keeping them in sight will help remind you. Try writing them on a post-it note and sticking it to your mirror or on a colorful piece of paper you hang on your fridge. I like to sometimes set an alarm on my phone with a single word or phrase that reminds me of a goal I’ve made. (ex. Take Vitamin) This year I am going to try journaling again. It is a great way to check in with yourself for a few minutes every night and process your feelings from the day. Through this process you can track the progress of your current goals and you may even discover some new goals.
I hope these tips help you achieve whatever goals you are making this new year.
Here are some of the goals I am making this new year:
~Hang up coat and purse in the proper place everyday. (Remember Tip #1)
~Journal everyday or at least every week
~Volunteer in some capacity
~Strengthen yoga practice
~Run a race
~Experiment with new recipes
~Pass Medical Interpreter Certification Exams
~Work on new content for this blog. (Maybe more videos!?)
~Find joy every day in the small things
~Be happy and healthy!
What are your resolutions or goals for this new year? Comment below, tweet me @imperfectperla, or follow me on instagram (@liveloveandtiu) and comment on my new years post.
I wish you all a very successful year.