Happy New Year everyone! 2017 was certainly a year that taught me a lot about myself. I was put in a lot of situations that were truly eye-opening that made me grow up a lot quicker than most people my age. I don’t consider that a bad thing though. I really began thinking more about my future, my career, and what things overall I want to accomplish in my lifetime!
The best time I think to be setting goals is the new year! It’s a perfect chance to start fresh and really make 2018 a year to be proud of! But goals can sometimes be a bit difficult to keep up with. I can tell you that sticking to New Years’ Resolutions can be a bit tricky. Last year one of my goals was to go to the gym more. I’m quite happy with my weight, but I felt like I really want to take the time to make myself stronger and healthier.
Although I did go to the gym more in 2017, it lasted for until about March, and that was the last time I stepped foot in a gym. That was the one goal I slacked on in 2017 (I’m sorry I just hate working out L). I did, however, meet my semester GPA, started the blog I’ve been wanting to for a long time (here you are!), and so many more things! Those goals took time and patience to accomplish. Here are some ways to stick with your New Year’s Resolutions this year!
Only you can know what things you can manage and what you can’t. When setting goals this year, think about what you can actually accomplish in the time you’re given. For example, this year I’m trying to grow my blog’s social media accounts this year. If my goal was “I want 5 million Instagram followers by the end of 2018.” Um, that’s a bit of a stretch, especially since I’m a full-time student. A more manageable goal would be to get 500 by the end of the year! That’s something I can definitely do if I post enough! It’s challenging enough but still something I can do.
Make A Plan
So you have a goal in mind, that’s good! Now how are you going to reach it? Writing down the steps you need to take to reach your goals helps keeps your mind organized and on the ultimate prize. Say you want to gain 500 Instagram followers. What steps are you going to take to reach that goal? Follow more people? Take better pictures? Have more engagement with your followers? Comment on more pictures? If you can’t list the steps you need to complete a goal, it probably isn’t a goal worth pursuing.
Break Your Big Goals Into Manageable Ones
With your goals for the year, you’re probably going to be thinking about only the big picture. Although you should be, you also need to be looking at the pieces getting to the overall picture. So say you’re wanting 500 Instagram followers by the end of the year. Instead of just thinking about the end number, try setting monthly goals.
To get 500 followers by the end of the year, I need to be gaining around 42 followers a month. 500 doesn’t seem so scary now! Breaking it down even smaller than that, getting 42 followers a month means I need just about 1 or 2 followers per day! That seems so easy! Don’t let your goals intimidate you, break them down into smaller ones for greater victories!
Work At Your Own Pace
It’s normal to get discouraged, especially when you see someone who seems to be reaching their goals before you. Although seeing people around you prospering may be difficult if you aren’t, keep focusing on yourself. Don’t worry about anyone else! The more you worry about the people around you, the less progress you’re making on your goals and that’s not why you made them! Work on your goals at a pace you’re comfortable working at, and the progress will come.
Make Yourself Accountable
If there’s a goal I’m really trying to work towards, I make sure to tell other people what I’m up to! Having other people know my goals keeps a few set of eyes on me making sure I’m true to my word. Tell a few what you’re wanting to accomplish and keep up with you to make sure you’re actually doing what you said you’d do!
Some goals are more difficult to reach than others. When you complete a small victory for yourself, make sure to treat yourself. You earned it! Going back to my Instagram example, say I need to hit that 42 followers a month but I get 60 instead! That’s a big win! Go out and buy a pint of ice cream or buy a new shirt! You earned it.
Although your deadline for your resolution might be at the end of the year, you should be setting deadlines for yourself throughout to make sure you even accomplish your goal by that time. If you want to lose 100 lbs by the end of the year, you need to be losing around 8 lbs a month. Instead of having one deadline which is the end of the year, you now have 12! One for every month. I know plenty of procrastinators who will start projects or assignments at the end of the year, a few weeks before the due date. Setting yourself early deadlines makes you more inclined to start the project earlier.
Keep Track Of Your Progress
Most people quit their goals early on because they aren’t seeing any progress or not enough. Just know that not every goal can be completed in one day! Some take time, like losing weight, building blog audiences, or getting a better GPA. If you start tracking your progress of your goal, the results may surprise you! You may be doing better than you thought, or right on track. If you aren’t making your goal, that’s okay too! It shows that you need to be doing something different or try an alternate plan to get yourself the results you want.
What are your goals for 2018? Leave a comment below!