“New Year, New Me!” When thinking of the New Year we often think of it as a new start, a clean slate, or a year to improve ourselves. How do we improve ourselves?! Typically by making New Year's Resolutions, of course. However, I’ve found that just making a list of resolutions can be challenging to stick to. This year, instead of making New Year's Resolutions I am committing to making some goals for myself. Goals are more effective than resolutions because a goal is a target to reach, where as a resolution is an intention made. Here’s what I’ve learned about effectively creating & reaching your goals!
WRITE 'EM DOWN
Don’t just say your goals, write them down. The physical act of writing down your goals not only helps you remember them, but also helps you visual them.
When setting goals, use the SMART mnemonic, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, & Time-Bound.
What goal are you trying to accomplish & why?
By creating clear & specific goals, your efforts towards achieving them become more focussed.
Here are some categories of which you can write specific goals:
How will you know you’ve achieved your goal? What is your intended outcome?
Creating measurable goals ensures that you can track your progress & stay motivated.
What actions will you put in place to ensure you achieve this goal?
Your goals should challenge your abilities, yet still remain attainable.
Is this goal in line with your long term objectives?
Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take.
What is the timeline for achieving this goal?
Create an exact date that you will accomplish your goal. Then write down the steps you will take each day, week, or month to achieve your goal.
I hope you found this post to be helpful; let me know some of your goals in the comments below!
Have a Happy New Year!