Goal Setting 2019December 17, 2018 |
It’s our first blog post of 2019, and we would like to wish you a very happy new year! There is something really exciting about starting fresh – the image of penning your name on the first page of a crisp new diary, perhaps cleaning out your closet, mapping out your year of work, play, and travel ahead, and of course goal-setting comes to mind. You are granted another opportunity to reflect on what you have accomplished, what you have learned, what you are grateful for, and what you can change and even let go of – physically and emotionally – to make yourself lighter.
Reportedly, only 8% of people claim to have achieved their new year resolutions by the end of the year. With all the hectic twists and turns that life brings you, it isn’t surprising that we get thrown off track or lose motivation to commit to our goals. So, here are a few pointers to make goal-setting more manageable this year.
- Make Categories
This is one approach to organizing your goals while addressing all your essential purposes in life. Try working with the following categories, making one or two goals under each: Relationships (this could be with family, friends, significant others, or even strangers), Health, Work and Finances, and Hobbies/Fantasy/Bucket List. Selecting just one or two goals for each category will ensure that you’re keeping things realistic, focused, and more attainable, and organizing this way will bring you clarity and therefore a higher chance of committing to and achieving these goals.
- Write them Down
Write down the goals you have made under each category. It helps to see them in front of you visually, and forces you to articulate each one, again clarifying what they are and taking them out of a vague space into actionable tasks. Writing them down will help when you want to later refer to them, plus, even if you didn’t look at them again, the act of writing something down helps you retain its content. Finally, you can take this a step further and write down your goals spaced out over a time schedule, giving yourself deadlines or periods to focus on a few in particular. Once you’ve created a plan for yourself, it is much easier to follow.
- Start Today
The best piece of advice in regards to goal-setting is to start right away on achieving your goals. Procrastinating them tends to leave you with a sense of frustration or guilt, while taking even one little step towards a goal does a world of good for your emotional state and happiness, and fills you with further motivation. Take your one clear goal, and break it into smaller pieces or steps that you can enter into your schedule immediately. For example, if your goal under the “Hobbies/Fantasy/Bucket List” category is to cook more or become a better cook, you can split this into little actionable chunks, by scheduling in a cooking class, an afternoon trying one specific recipe, or time spent exploring a food blog of a cook you admire. Taking these small steps increases your inspiration to continue on your path and will build to achieving your goals down the road.