Happy New Year! A little late, I know, but better late than never! And who actually starts New Year’s resolutions on the 1st?! Either way, I think this will be helpful for you in the future when it comes to setting goals 🙂 I thought writing a blog post about this topic would be fitting for this time of year because of all of the goals we set for ourselves. When it comes to New Year’s resolutions some people are all for it and some people don’t see why we can only set goals one time of the year, which I understand! Grind all the time am I right? But I do think that the New Year is a great time to reflect on the past year, learn from your mistakes and successes, and implements all of those things into making the next year even better! I have learned a lot (especially in the past few months) about effective goal setting and what works best for me, so I thought I would share some tips that I have with you guys! 🙂

#1 – Categorize your goals!

I found this to be really helpful for me because then I was able to break down different aspects of my life and make goals for each one. Some different categories you can use are financial, health, personal, social, professional, etc. You see where I’m going? So instead of making this big long list of goals that are all over the place, place them into separate categories to not only organize things a little more but to make sure you’re maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Personal development is just as (actually more) important than your professional goals! Using different categories will help you to make sure that you’re not leaving anything out 🙂

#2 – Be specific!

If you’re not being specific with what goals you want to achieve, then how can you expect to achieve them? So for example, instead of saying you want to lose weight, decide how much weight you want to lose and the steps you’re going to take to get there, i.e. I want to lose 10 pounds in 8 weeks by exercising 4-5x a week and fueling my body with nutrient-dense foods 80% of the time. It is really easy to say the things we want to do, but if we don’t specifically write out how we’re going to achieve that or exactly what it is we want, then it’s going to be a lot harder to get there.

#3 – Be realistic!

I’m not here to tell you that you’re never going to achieve your goals. What I’m here to tell you is that you HAVE to be realistic and understand that things don’t happen overnight. It is so easy to say that we want to be healthier or save a bunch of money, but those things take TIME. Most things do. So set goals that will challenge you, but will also be achievable in the desired time period. If your goal is to have $10,000 in your savings, that’s awesome! But maybe this year (or however long) start with $1,000 and go from there. Life happens and things don’t always happen in the time period that we want, so be realistic and know that it may take months or even years to reach that goal. I’m three years into my health journey so I can be the first to tell you that it didn’t happen in six months or even a year 😉

#4 – Plan it out!

Here is where I think most people struggle. We set these great goals for ourselves, but we have no plan of execution. Get yourself a planner (I will share some below!) and schedule out how you are going to achieve the goals you have set for yourself. If you have a big project you are working on, create checkpoints every week/month to continue to hold you accountable. Setting reminders on your phone is also really helpful! Don’t just say you are going to do these things, make a plan, and EXECUTE! If you want to have more nutritious meals, plan them out ahead of time and make the darn food!

START Planner – This is the planner I have! It is pricey, which is why I asked for it for Christmas. I LOVE it!! It comes with a TON of different sections so you can plan everything! I have the weekly version, which I like! But I think next year I would do the daily version, just depends on your personal preference!

Passion Planner – This is one that I have seen a ton of reviews on! I like how its a thinner lightweight planner.

AmazonBasics Daily Planner – This looks kind of similar to the passion planner, but even more simplified! It’s also a daily planner, which is great!

Some other awesome ones I found:

#5 – Start small.

We tend to set these huge goals for ourselves (which is awesome), but it takes a lot of little things to get there. So break it down and set smaller goals for yourself that will take you closer to the bigger goal in mind. If your end goal is to save x amount of money, start with taking a small amount out of every paycheck. If your goal is to get to the gym 5x a week and you only go once or twice now, start by making it a goal to go 3x a week and go from there. If you set these huge goals then they’re most likely going to just keep getting pushed off and you won’t actually ever get there. So start small and take the steps that will end up accomplishing something BIG 🙂

#6 – Don’t give up!

Whatever you do, don’t give up! If there is a goal(s) that is really important to you but there seems to just be so many obstacles, keep going! Sometimes things have to get put on the back burner because life happens, but don’t let it just slip away. Hold yourself accountable and work your butt off until you’ve reached that goal! And then work harder 😉 Good things happen to those who work hard and put in the effort 110% of the time.

I hope you guys have found these tips to be helpful while you are setting your goals for 2019! Comment below, what are some of your favorite ways to set goals for success? We’d love your feedback!

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