We tend to write New Year resolutions on New Year’s Eve, and then we end up forgetting them all year long. Here are some tips that will help you actually achieve your resolutions this year.
- Calendar (Paper calendar or your phone’s calendar)
- Notebook (paper notebook or your phone’s notebook)
- Pen (if you are not going digital)
1. Decide what areas in your life you would like to work on:
- Religion and Spirituality
- Personal Growth
- Social life
2.Set clear SMART new year resolutions in each of the above areas. From now on, we will call your new year resolutions as your new year goals.
SMART goals need to be:
- S – Specific: Decide on a precise goal.
- M – Measurable: make sure that your goal can be quantified.
- A – Attainable: It’s not going to the moon. (Unless an astronaut is reading this article!)
- R – Realistic: make sure that your goal is something that you can do, given the resources you have.
- T – Time-bound: Set a deadline of when you want this goal to be done.
3.Set sub-goals that will help you reach each goal. Detail the smaller goals that will help you achieve the bigger goals. For example, if your goal is to run the 42 KM marathon in November, then your sub-goal will be to go to the gym at least once every week from January until November. Another sub-goal will be to eat healthy, etc.
4.Divide your goals into monthly goals. Decide what month you would like to achieve each goal, then write it down on your phone’s calendar (or actual calendar if you have one). Sticking to the marathon example, if the marathon is in November, decide to write your goal in such a way: “I would like to run the 42 KM marathon this year in November” then in your monthly goals of November, write it. As for your sub-goal, write for each month’s goals: “I will go to the gym every week to prepare myself for the marathon in November.” Repeat it every month if it is something that you need to do monthly. Same applies to eating healthy or cutting back on junk food.
5. Divide your monthly goals into weekly and daily goals: After deciding that you need to run every month in order to be fit for November’s marathon, write weekly goals that include: “Go to the gym on Wednesday from 6:00 pm till 8:00 pm”. So for every Wednesday, write that you need to go to the gym, so you make sure that you don’t do any other activities. In this case, it will be much easier to use a digital calendar since you can have a recurring event, yet don’t let this issue fret you.
6.Take it one step at a time: do not worry yourself with all the goals that you have, take it one month at a time, then one week at a time, then one day at a time and if you abide by your plans, you will definitely achieve your goals.
7. Remember the word “Realistic”: when talking about your SMART goals, I mentioned realistic, so keep the realistic part in mind and do not set goals that are far-fetched and don’t set too many goals! Just think in a smart way and set smart goals.
8. Implement and have fun! The most rewarding part of this whole goal setting/new year resolution issue is having fun and implementing your goals, so implement them and have fun!
9. Reflect: same as you should be doing with everything in life, you need to step back and reflect on your goals and plans. This is where you can amend and alter goals and sub-goals, also add-in some more.
I leave you with one of my favorite New Year Resolution quotes by Oprah!
What are your new year resolutions for this year?
Are you excited to start implementing them? I know I am!