Happy new year!!!
You made it through another year, and this year, you plan to be the best version of yourself by setting a whole bunch of resolutions. When I was first introduced to the idea of setting new year’s resolutions, I was fascinated by the idea of creating a list of things to make me a better person for others and for myself. However, the word “resolution” was too intimidating so I called mine “goals.”
To me, goals can be as small and as big as you want them to be. I realized there are things I can accomplish in a year, but most of things I want to do takes yearly commitments to accomplish. For example, eating healthy can be a hassle to start, but after making it a habit, it should come naturally and be out of the way of my other goals. Learning a different language, however, takes a lot more effort and a lot more practice.
I have added a few minor strategies this year, and I’m going to share it with you. The goal making process doesn’t have to be complicated, but it should not be too easy either. If the goal is too easy, then, it’s that much easier to chalk it up as luck instead of accomplishment. It’s not yet a perfect process, and it works for me so feel free to modify it to your pace and personality.
1. List everything you want to accomplish this year.
It’s not too late to start doing your goals. Just because it’s already passed new year’s day, it doesn’t mean you have to wait a whole other year to make your goals and start your adventure.
Take a piece of paper and write down everything you want to accomplish this year. Don’t worry about the order or how you’re going to accomplish them yet. This is about listing everything that is in your head and in your heart that you think is going to make you a better version of yourself.
2. Chart your daily routine.
Figure out how much time per day, per week, and per month that you have to dedicate your goals. Remember that there is only 24 hours in a day and that you have to sleep, eat, and shower, too. By accurately calculating your time to dedicate to your new goals, you will not be disappointed or think that you have failed if you truly do not have the time to do work on your goals.
The easiest way for me to do it is to draw two circles for each day. Each one represent the full 12 hours period. Then I allocate how much time I take to sleep, drive, eat, shower, walk, oops-I-forgot-about-that-event factor. After that, I have two circles that look like pie charts. The piece of pie that isn’t claimed is the time I have per day to dedicate on exploring new possibilities. I do this 7 times for each day of the week because my weekends look different than my work week.
If you realize that you don’t have time from exercise #2, this is an important step. Take the paper from exercise #1 and assign priority on them by writing a number on each line (1 being important and 10 being not so important). If it still looks like a lot of goals to accomplish, the next step might help.
I divided my goals into three different categories: daily, weekly, and monthly. Some tasks can be accomplished by doing it once a month while others will be more useful if I do them in a smaller interval every day. I do this step because after prioritizing my list, I still have a lot of fun things that I want to do.
Take your list from #1 (with #3 already done to it), and categorize the high important ones. For example, if the high important ones are walk more, find a new exercise, use the fitness equipment at home, then it can be a “Physical Well Being” category. Even though you may not have time to dedicate to walking more every day, it may help if you walk every other day and use the fitness equipment every other day that you’re not walking. This way, each week, you make a big progress toward the category “Physical Well Being.”
5. Find support.
Tell your friends and family about your goals. They will encourage you, especially if they can relate to your goals. They can act as a mentor and give you tips and tricks to make your goal easier/more fun throughout the year. They can also play as your counterpart so you both can share stories on the struggle and what works. And as far as moms, I know they will encourage your and be your biggest cheerleaders all the time.
6. Progress report.
One week at a time, check in with your support group. Tell them how you did and what struggle you had. This will keep you in check with yourself because as you’re writing/talking to them, you probably will come up with solutions on how to do them better the next week. If a weekly check in is too often, do a bi-weekly or monthly check in. Writing down your progress can also encourage yourself on how far you’ve come. Sounds corny, but YOU are your best motivator.
One of the things that helped me stay focus when I was reducing the home last year was to continuously look back at how much I’ve accomplished. Reducing from a 1200 sq ft apartment to about 200 sq ft space was not easy. In the end, Jason and I were surprised and proud of ourselves that we could somehow fit everything we need and love into such a compact space.
7. Turn your goals into habits.
At the end of each progress report, decided which goals you want to turn into habits. The key here is once you turn something into habits, it will be part of your routine the upcoming year and you don’t have to worry about prioritizing and categorizing. Habits are easier to do because you tend to fall back on the usual rather than trying something new (I guess that depends on your personality). If you’re one to fall back on your habits, good news! Your next year’s goals should be the upgraded version of this year’s.
If this year’s goal include walking three miles a day, then next year’s can be walking three miles a day in a shorter time period. Eating healthier can be turned into cooking healthier. Something like reading 30 minutes per day can turn into reading more books per day because you’ve practice reading faster.
That’s it! Sounds simple but that’s beauty of it. The process is supposed to be simple but the goals don’t have to be. One of my goals last year was to be more outdoorsy because apparently the outside world isn’t all just spiders and flying bugs. I went to a geocaching event and had a lot of fun, including painting an amo box.
What does my goal this year look like? I will show some of them to you here as examples of what the list looks like after going through the process I wrote about above. My goals are:
- Write more. This blog is going to be my tool for that. I used to publish every Wednesdays, but I’m going to move it this year to every Fridays to give me more time to write throughout the week.
- Photography shows. As much as I want to write, I like taking pictures more. I want to start showing more pictures, but first, I have to organize them. I am two years behind as far as organizing all of the pictures that I dumped from 4 different devices into my computer.
- Read more. 30 minutes per day. I’m going back to reading books cause my phone/table doesn’t smell as good.
- The usual healthy motto. Eat more veggies. Walk more in the morning. Rest more because life isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon.
I hope this helps you make your goals for this year. You can find some ideas for your goals on my goal idea post. If you like this post and want more of it, follow Trekking Techies by clicking the Menu and “follow” button.
Stay tune next week for a list of New Years Goals idea.