The New Year always holds the promise of new goals, routines, habits, dreams. In 2013, only 8% of Americans successfully achieved their New Year’s resolutions. EIGHT PERCENT. Ouch.
I think we can all figure out a couple of reasons as to why so many of us don’t keep our New Year’s resolutions…
We set unrealistic goals and unrealistic expectations for achieving those goals
We don’t truly commit ourselves to achieving our goals and we try to tackle them alone
The first few weeks of the year, everyone has a new sense of life and how they want to start the New Year. Goals seem more attainable and we seem to have the entire year to tackle them! However, the weeks fly by and we start coming up with excuses and push our goals back…
“I’ll start tomorrow.”
“I’ll wait to start on Monday so I can enjoy the weekend.”
“I’m too tired.”
“I can’t do this.”
“I don’t have time.”
…and the list goes on and on.
This year, I am trying something totally new and I already love it. I came across Day Designer on Facebook and I have loved it ever since! Day Designer (Whitney English) has an amazing free printable called “HEART Goals“ and EVERYONE should use it. You create daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals for 5 areas in your life. Don’t feel like you have to come up with everything right away, off the top of your head! I still have blank areas on mine, but, I feel more determined about these goals than I ever have in the New Year. This goals worksheet will help you think of more attainable goals that apply to your daily life. Day Designer also has a Daily Planning Worksheet that can help you incorporate better time management in your day-to-day and totally organizes your week.
So, how can we set goals that we can actually stick to and what kinds of goals should we focus on?
1.) Focus on attainable goals that can help you in your day-to-day life such as:
Improving your time management skills, aiming to get more sleep, start drinking more water, setting aside time for personal reflection and prayer each day, making sure you are setting aside time for self-care, following your budget more, decreasing your excess spending, and eating healthier foods, making an effort to exercise more or start exercising. My husband and I use our Fitbits to keep track of our steps, sleep, etc. I used mine constantly while pregnant to monitor my heart rate since I suffer from pregnancy induced tachycardia.
2.) Focus on goals that not only benefit yourself but others around you
Think things like volunteering more, donating at least one item each month (or a big yearly donation) to a women’s or homeless shelter, setting aside more time each week to spend with your kids doing something fun (my oldest girl LOVES crafting together so I want to do at least 1 hour a week of crafting with her)
3.) Choose goals that better yourself in multiple areas
Trying to eat better and exercise on a regular basis not only gets your body healthier, it also gets you healthy emotionally and mentally; taking time each day for prayer and reflection not only gets you healthier spiritually, it also allows you some time to yourself to decompress from the day (especially important if you have kids or a stressful job)
What are your goals for the New Year? Do you think you’ll successfully achieve them?