Are you struggling to keep up with your goals or New Year resolutions? Well, you’re not alone.
About 52% of people who make resolutions believe that they can achieve them, but only 12% actually succeed to do so. If you take the right, meaningful steps and share them with your family and friends, you’re more likely to achieve your goals.
Every New Year comes with new resolutions to achieve. You should be honest with yourself when setting up SMART goals and commit to achieving them. Some common resolutions include:
- Exercising regularly
- Sticking to a healthier diet
- Losing weight
- Quitting smoking
- Making better financial decisions
- Spending more time with the family
Whatever your resolutions for the year, make sure they’re realistic and you can actually stick with them. However, setting goals and achieving them is always easier said than done. And, that’s where planning and organization come in.
Beautiful planners and calendars are functional and can motivate you to keep up with your resolutions for the year. Here’re a few ways you can stay on track with your New Year goals:
1)Reassess Your Goals and Make them More Specific and Realistic
Don’t setup a big, general goal like, “I’ll become rich.” Instead, make tangible, specific goals that you can easily achieve.
If you want to save money, for example, determine the exact amount you’d like to save. Why do you want to save the money? What would you like to do once you attain your goal? Visualize possible positive outcomes of achieving your desires and goals. What do they look or feel like?
Create an affirmative statement towards achieving your goals to repeat to yourself. A good positive reinforcement is quantifiable. For example, “I will save $200 every week because I’m strong and able to work.”
You can check in on such a statement and make it a reality. You can easily reduce the frequency of eating a favorite food that’s problematic than avoiding it altogether.
2)Break Down Your Goals into Smaller, More Attainable Objectives
Although it’s good to aim high, you can’t save one million dollars in a day. It isn’t realistic. Create smaller tasks, objectives or sub-goals you can work on towards achieving your goals.
Small tasks are easier to achieve and can boost your confidence, training you to attain more difficult goals in the future.
Studies reveal that when you focus on your general objective and sub-goals, you increase your productivity. You’re able to focus and put in more effort towards achieving the goals.
You’ll get frustrated trying to achieve too much so fast. Eventually, you’ll give up. However, the structure of sub-goals towards your general goal can improve your motivation levels.
Therefore, if you want to save one million dollars, set smaller goals of saving $200 per week. Keep on meeting your target of weekly savings and you’ll eventually meet your ultimate goal.
3)Creatively Use Digital Planners and Printable Calendars
Digital planners are convenient, easy to update and come built into electronic devices, such as smartphones and laptops. However, writing in ink is special and beneficial in many ways.
Moreover, a stylish calendar makes organization fun and enjoyable. Printable calendars with beautiful floral designs can inspire you to keep up with your goals. However, the best calendar or planner is one that you actually use.
A leather binder planner with full-page wall printouts offers more space for note-taking whereas smaller ones can give your workspace some flair. Foldable planners can add a pop of color to your workspace.
Hang up the wall printouts in beautiful frames. Use bright washi tape to decorate your calendar or planner. Alternatively, include your favorite prints and quotes to make a collage and an inspiring space.
With proper organization skills and lots of dedication, you can easily tackle all kinds of resolutions.
4)Make It Fun
Find ways you can make your plans fun enough to achieve your goals. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, you can burn a specific amount of calories in your body to attain your goal.
You may wear your favorite workout clothes that make you look your best to stay motivated. Ask your friends to join your workout sessions and keep you going. Alternatively, you can engage in fun physical activities to help you shed off some calories.
Every time you meet your sub-goals, reward yourself with something you like. Pick something you’d like to reward yourself in advance. This ensures that you have something to expect, in turn motivating you to achieve your goal.
Small rewards go a long way in getting you motivated to achieve your goals or resolutions. If you have to treat yourself to something sweet, eat it in moderation. Whatever you pick for a reward, make sure that it’s enjoyable and doesn’t contradict your goal.
For example, you can go to a movie with a loved one as a treat if your resolution is to lose weight or live healthier.
6)Track Your Progress
Monitor how far you’ve moved towards achieving your goals. Take note of every sub-task or sub-goal you achieve towards reaching your resolution.
Every time you achieve your short-term goals, you’ll be motivated to work even harder. Furthermore, the short goals are easier to keep and achieve.
Keep a symptom journal or a food diary to help you stay on track.
Near Year comes with new resolutions. If you’re struggling to keep up with your goals, there are various things you can do to stay on track. Create SMART goals and reassess them along the way, make fun objectives you’ll enjoy working on, and motivate or reward yourself.