I like to take time at the beginning of each year to think of the year ahead and plan for things I’d like to see happen in my life. This year I’ve decided to set 12 goals, some bigger than others, and focus on one goal each month. Focusing on one goal at a time is manageable and not as overwhelming as setting New Year Resolutions that are all supposed to happen immediately without any plan.
My goals for the first few months of the year are going to be goals I hope to make into habits; being present, working out regularly and preparing a monthly budget. Then I’m going to match goals seasons that are fitting, and lastly sprinkle the others in where they fit.
When choosing your goals remember they need to be measurable and attainable. Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to save a million dollars when you earn $100,000 a year; planning to win the lottery is not a plan! Start goal planning by making a list of things that are important to you, then add things you would like to do and projects to be done.
I start my goal planning by making a list of things I want to be part of my year. “Be present” was at the top of my list this year. From here I take time to expand on what these ideas mean to me and what steps I can take to accomplish them.
Be Present. For me this means spending quality time with people when I am with them and not being interrupted by my phone during this time. While social media has many benefits, I find myself mindlessly scrolling when I have someone important right in front of me. To accomplish this goal it may mean I leave my phone in the bedroom, out of sight and use, to spend time with my family. As well as leaving my phone in my coat pocket or purse when I’m out and about with friends and family. I want on the task at hand whether and not let my mind wander off.
I hope this helps you set your goals as we move in to a new year.