Years seem to go by faster than they used to. Do you find yourself setting goals in January, just to abandon and forget about them in March? With these 10 simple steps, you can be on your way to a productive and happy new year!
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1. Envision What You Want to Accomplish in the New Year
What is it that you want to accomplish in the new year? By sitting down, silencing the cell phone, and quietly pondering the upcoming year, you can clear your mind for fresh vision. Are there specific goals that you want to accomplish by the end of the year?
2. Make it Attainable
Your goals should be attainable to avoid unwanted failure. Do you want to get healthier? Don’t set your goal for losing 60 pounds. Instead, consider setting your goal for living a healthier lifestyle. Do you want to become more organized? Set your goal as utilizing a planner this year. Need more tips for managing your day? Check out this post!
A vague goal could the first step in not reaching what you want to reach in the new year. If you are interested in becoming more budget-minded then set a specific goal about it. Here is an example: “This year, I want to become more budget-minded with the amount of times that we eat out at restaurants.” That is a lot more specific than: “This year, I want to be better with money.”
4. Make Goals for-physical, spiritual, emotional, mental
Separate your goals into various categories. Try to have a goal for each of these categories: physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental. You can tie many goals to these categories because they make up most of your needs.
A physical goal could be to exercise at least two days a week. For spiritual goals, you could start writing in a prayer journal or making a designated time for your “quiet time”. Emotional and mental could be anything from communicating your emotions better with your spouse to making time for yourself at least one evening a week.
5. Place in Plain Sight
Make a list of your goals, or numerous lists, and place them in areas that you use frequently. It won’t do you much good to place your list of goals in the office that you rarely use. Put them in your planner, next to your bed, in your Bible, in highly frequented areas. Daily reminders of the goals that you want to attain will only help you reach your goal.
6. Revisit Throughout the Year
Don’t forget to look over your goals throughout the year to see how you are progressing. Do you need to readjust your list? Are they too challenging or too simple? Look back over them every few months.
7. Set Time Limits
Some of your goals may not need to last a full year. You may want to reach them in 6-9 months. Other goals may take longer than a year. Write down the time limit for each one. It will help when it comes time to revisit your them and check your progress.
8. Give Reasons
Why are you setting these goals for your life? Do you want to live a healthier life? Why? Do you want to take more vacations? Why? Specific reasons will make you want to attain it more and will also give you the extra nudge to persevere!
9. Ask Yourself Questions
Reflecting on your past year and what you accomplished or didn’t quite reach will help you attain your upcoming goals. Ask yourself questions. What do you want to accomplish this year? How do you want to feel about yourself? What do you want your relationships to look like? Self-reflection is ALWAYS a good idea.
10. Reflect on the Year with Your Spouse
Discuss with your spouse what goals you want to attain together in the new year. What do you both want to work on? Do you want to accomplish financial freedom? What endeavors will you start together?
Have you written down your goals for the new year yet? Let me know your tops for this year in the comments!