Over the past couple of days, I’ve shown you my theme for the year and my personal goals. Although I hope those posts were interesting, I understand that they might not be entirely helpful if your own goals aren’t the same as mine.
But have no fear! Today, I’m going to give you 5 tips to help you get on top of your New Years Resolutions and tackle them like a boss.
Let’s get started!
- Plan, plan and plan some more. Don’t just say ‘drink more water’, you need to give future you more clear instructions. How many glasses? What time of the day? Could you have a specific bottle/glass that you drink it from? When will you refill this receptacle? Where will you store this receptacle? The more thinking you do now, the better chance future you will be able to follow your train of thought.
- Subdivide bigger goals into manageable tasks. The great thing about a year is that it’s already divided into chunks. Depending on how large your task is, you can easily subdivide your goal into 4, 12, 52, or 365 mini goals. Say, for example, you want to write a book. Maybe in January your goal is to create detailed character profiles. Maybe February will be a month of plot development and structuring. Then March you start writing the first 3 chapters. And so on and so forth.
- Try to link your goals. Say you write out your New Years Resolutions and you write; ‘Read 100 books, Exercise for 30 minutes a day, Spend more time with family and friends’. Already, that’s 3 different things you have to think about every day nevermind work, cleaning, personal care, sleep etc. Instead, try to create families of activities. For example; stop getting fast food, cook using more fresh ingredients and drink a glass of water with every meal. Or, wake up at 6:30am, have a glass of water first thing in the morning and plan a 10 minute morning workout. Both these groups of tasks can be achieved in the space of an hour, meaning you’ll stay inspired and feel accomplished at the end of the day. As the month’s progress, these goals will become habits and then you can move on to a new block of goals. Personally, I like to use each month as a slot to develop a habit, it keeps things consistent.
- Have a couple of really easy to achieve goals. Having a couple of goals that are easy to achieve can be very motivational. For me, it might be ‘Plan every day in my bullet journal’ – something I do already, but it’s still a good habit and something I can be proud of at the end of the day.
- Try habit stacking. If one of your current habits is brushing your teeth (and I really hope it is) try stacking the new habit of flossing on top of that, meaning that every time you brush your teeth you force yourself to floss. By attaching this new habit to something you already do every day it factors it into your routine for you, meaning you have a trigger to remind you and thus making the whole thing a whole lot easier to achieve. Some other examples would be drinking a glass of water when you wake up, planning your workouts into your bullet journal or planner and eating 1 portion of veggies with every meal.
Although all these tips should be a big help in keeping your goals on track, the most important thing to remember is that growth takes time and nobody’s perfect. There will be days when you do absolutely nothing, but don’t let that deter you, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and treat tomorrow as a brand new start.
Please leave your own tips in the comments below, I’m always on the hunt for a new hack!