So January is over and many of us made and possibly have already failed at the “New Year New Me” mindset. But why? Sometimes it seems that we make goals with all the best intentions but falter at the last hurdle, or in some cases at getting started all together. Below are some helpful ways that I’ve found of achieving my goals.
Assess your goals
- Are they achievable or are you expecting too much from yourself?
Sometimes it seems we as people think we can do too much in too little time. Take for instance myself just last year I wanted to set up a business, graduate university, have the baby all my December. I decided this in January when I first found out I was pregnant, I was due in October, I finished my course two weeks before I was due and the business was a bunch of scribbles in a notebook. Not only was it not possible for me at that time, it was too much stress and an unreasonable deadline.
Break them down
- Can you break your larger goal down into smaller more manageable goals?
If your goal is to lose 5 stone, why not break it down and set yourself small tasks to help yourself along. Meal prep, drink more water, exercise for 30 mins a day etc. A simple to-do list will make your life easier in the long run.
- Is your goal something that can be done better if you take longer or does it need to have a set deadline?
Weigh up what is needed from you and how long you have to do it. After you’ve broken it down into tasks you can decide how long it needs to do. For larger goals, I like to give myself 3-6 months, but I also like to have daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists that way I know what needs to be done. If it’s on the daily list it’s more important or rather higher priority than something on the weekly/monthly list.
- Do you find yourself saying “I’m going to do … by …” then never completing or even starting the said task?
In my experience, if you have people who know your goals and tasks then you are more likely to stick to them. So what should you do? Tell your friends and family, ask someone for help and whilst you’re at it keep people updated. Friends and family want to see you succeed so telling them your goals is a good way to have them keep you on track, if possible asking someone to help or join you is a good way to keep motivated and if you feel you need a bit of a push post on social media your progress or talk to someone; keeping people updated will likely motivate you to continue especially if you’re finding it hard.
So do you have any goals you want to achieve this year?
If so share them in the comments.