New Years Resolutions? No, Goals!

Hey you! Happy Monday! Grab your coffee, tea, or wine and let’s get started. Today, I am drinking a hot chocolate with a Christmas tea steeped with whipped cream on the top. As I prepare for my last finals, packing and cleaning my house before the holidays, I think about the end of the year coming around the corner. Like I said in my blog on Reflection, many people end their your reflecting. I love to reflect, but my favourite thing is planning for the New Year. I love to make resolutions, but I don’t look at them as resolutions. I think of them more as goals.

I like to make one big goal for the year. This goal is something for me. Last year, my goal was to read 80 books. This year, my goal was to read 120 books. Next year, my goal is to write a book. This primary goal has to be something achievable but still a challenge. With these goals, there are always subcategories. As I showed in my blog on How I Read Over 100 Books in 10 Months, I made a monthly and weekly goal to achieve my overall goal. I don’t like to look at it as a resolution because I find goals have more potential. With a goal, you can think SMART. 

S-> Specific (The more detailed your goal is, the more likely you will achieve it.)

M-> Measurable (Make sure you can track your goals. For my goal of reading, I used an app called Goodreads. It is also even better to have people around you to keep you accountable.)

A-> Attainable (Can you attain it? Is it physically, emotionally, or actually possible.)

R-> Relevant (Why do you want to achieve this goal? Is it relevant.)

T-> Time-Based (How long will it take for you to achieve it? Is it possible time-wise for you to achieve it?)

So, lots of people set a fitness goal for their New Years Resolution. I would first look at my goal and decide what my exact goal is. So, for a fitness goal. I would say something like: be able to run 5km, or work out at least five times a week for 45 minutes. By using these exact numbers, it is more clear exactly what I need to achieve. 

It is measurable because I will track it using a fitness app and working out with my friend. I actually would then ask myself if I can commit to something like this. Do I have enough ambition to achieve this goal? Why do I want to accomplish this goal? Is it for myself or someone else? 

Last, I focus on time. Will I have enough time to work out five days a week for 45 minutes? How will I track this? What if I miss a day?

It is essential to look at these factors when trying to achieve a goal. However, I think this year really taught me that things could change without a plan. Nothing ever goes as planned. It is crucial to make SMART goals, but you always need to remember that things change. It takes more time to stress about changes rather than just accepting them and readjusting them. 

I also like to set routines for the New Year. Although my routine is continually changing nearly week by week, I still want to follow a consistent schedule. Schedules really help me to achieve my goals. They help me stay organized to maintain as much free and productive time as possible.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year. I wish you all the best. Stay safe over the holiday season.

-Caitlin ❤

Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.

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