I saw a goal setting seminar for next year pop up on my Instagram ads today and I decided that for 2018, ironically, I’m going to cut out buying into that crap because I’m a sucker for an Instagram ad/productivity hack.
Am I maybe jumping the gun as far as goal setting for the new year? At first I thought so. But then I asked myself, “Do you want to be the kind of person joining the gym on Jan 1st and stop going within the month?” Nope.
I’m a true believer that having goals for the new year is great but we all know that 99% of people drop them all by the end of the first month.
When is the last time you actually completed those things or kept them up?
But if you’re proactive and start changing your mindset now and really reflect on what you did well this year and what kind of fell off, your goals are so much more attainable next year.
Take some time (aka sit down and get off your phone) and truly think about what you wanted to do this year. As far as your health, fitness, in your job, with your routine, your finances, your social life.
Did you do what you wanted to do this? What did you achieve? What went well? Don’t feel bad about what you didn’t achieve. Just commit to setting better goals so you can make it happen this coming year.
Think about what kept you from achieving those goals. How can you prevent that from getting in the way this year? What exactly do you need to do to get where you want to be?
Don’t throw out the same damn goal ideas you’ve had every year – work out more, eat better, lose weight, save money, etc. If you throw crap out like that and don’t really quantify it or elaborate, how are you ever going to attain them because you don’t even really mean it?First of all, don’t set too many goals. If you have over 10 goals for the new year, you’re going to forget about the majority in a week.
Be realistic. If you’re not in the habit of working out, don’t make your goal going to the gym 7 days a week for 2 hours a day. Set a goal of going 2-3 times a week and work your way up from there.
And then find a way to track these goals. It’s hard to stick with goals that you can’t consistently track. I’m much more accountable if I have a way to see it on a daily basis. You could get a white board calendar, you can use an app – even just Google calendar.
It’s easy to write a giant list. But take the list and categorize them. Then choose the best one in each category and stick with it. What I’m going to focus on in the coming year is working out, food/meal prep, social media (less of it), and time management/scheduling.
So as far as working out (as a category), I want to be in the gym 5-6 times a week with 2-3 days of cardio, even if that means working out both Saturday and Sunday. I have a ton more goals when it comes to working out but that’s the one I’m emphasizing for 2018.
I also want to follow a scheduled calendar – right now I write a schedule almost every week and forget about them an hour later. This includes actually time blocking and not getting distracted.
Other categories could be things like food. Say you want to start meal prepping – start with a goal of meal prepping at least your lunch and then you can start doing all of your meals.
My point is that you can’t do it all when it comes to goals – you have to pick and choose.
Goals are also much more attainable if you quantify them without being overzealous.
For instance, if you want to lose 10 lbs, don’t set your goal to just be “lose 10 lbs” – set it in increments per week or month.
Another goal I’m adding to my list is to stop getting caught up in social media for minutes or hours – basically to stay in my own lane and stop comparing myself to others.
Here are some other goal ideas:
Read more books – let’s say one a month
Do a Whole30 – I promise it will change the way you relate food to how you feel on a daily basis
Track your spending for a month – you’ll be surprised how much $ you spend on crap
Try meditating – 1 minute a day
Try something new – a hobby, a sport, writing, painting
Learn to find comfort in being alone – even live alone if you can (one of the best decisions I’ve ever made – you’ll learn so much about yourself)
Stop following people that don’t add anything to your life or bring enjoyment to you
If you’re in a relationship, do something for your partner once a month that is totally selfless
So while tomorrow marks 2 weeks until Christmas, take some time and think about what you want to do next year to make it to the best year yet.