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It’s that time of year again!
You’ve gained 5lbs from holiday eating and spent more money trying to be the best gifter in the world.
Like most people, you’re probably thinking about what New Year’s Resolutions you’ll make this year.
Not spend as much money.
Get rich quickly or win the lotto so you don’t have to work another day at that dang job of yours.
We have good intentions when we set these goals, but most of us are missing the most important step that helps many people to have more success at accomplishing their goals.
Writing them down!
This may sound ridiculous, but it’s true!
This simple task makes some people more successful at accomplishing their goals than others.
The other ways that make people more successful at accomplishing their goals is by setting appropriately achievable goals and then revisiting them frequently to monitor your progress.
Making a list & Checking it twice!
But seriously….make a list.
Just write down all the things you wish to accomplish in 2019. And it doesn’t have to be too specific just yet. We will get to that part in a bit.
When I first made my list, it was stupid long. I’m talking about 30+ things I wanted to accomplish. My mind was racing lol.
But this helped me to see areas where I wanted to feel accomplished in. These things would also give me a feeling of satisfaction and purpose.
Once that list is done, you can now categorize it into short term or long term goals.
But how do you determine which goals should be short term and long term?
Short Term Goals
The smaller easier goals you set for yourself are typically labeled as short term. They are goals set to be carried out within a short time frame. Anywhere from a weekend to a month.
Examples can include starting a garden. That is something you can do in a weekend. But still, make a plan. Specify what type, how many plants, and mark on your calendar which weekend you want to get it done.
30 Day Challenges
These are becoming quite popular across the masses. Why? Because one people, for the most part, love a challenge and two the challenges are only 30 days.
This makes it fairly simple for people to commit to. And guess what? Habits are formed after 21 days of doing it, so many challenges turn into full blown habits.
I actually read about one that I want to start and complete in January as one of my goals towards self care.
The challenge is called the gratitude journal.
Being a first time mom and trying to turn my blog into a full blown income can be pretty stressful at times.
So each night for 30 days the idea is to write down 3 things that made you smile that day or 3 things you’re grateful for.
At the end of the 30 days, you will have a little journal list of 90 things that make you happy.
Talk about a fresh bump in positive thinking! And who knows I may enjoy it so much that it will just become a daily habit!
Long Term Goals
These goals should take anywhere from 30 days to the whole year to achieve. Long term goals should also follow the SMART method.
Your short term goals can also be part of your long term goal in the grand scheme of things.
This is where I personally would put my fitness goal. Because I want to develop it into a daily habit, not just a short term task. (Hmm perhaps start with a 30-day challenge?)
With these type of goals, you definitely don’t want to bite off more than you can chew. Aim to have 2-3 big goals to pick at over the year.
Perhaps joining a club? Or taking a class. Or dare I say again….creating a budget to save money and stick to it all year!
I have a post on that too! Read it here!
To make your goals more achievable, you want to apply the S.M.A.R.T goals method.
What The Hell Is A SMART Goal?
S.M.A.R.T is the acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time Bound.
Specific– your goals need to be written our clearly of exactly what you want to accomplish
Measurable– set up a way to track your progress. Through a journal, checklist, or spreadsheet.
Achievable– your goals should be challenging, but obviously achievable. (Don’t make a goal to fly to Europe this year when you know financially that won’t be possible, at least for the time being)
Relevant– your goals should be relevant to your overall life plan. Don’t just make up goals for the sake of it. Make goals that align with what you really want to accomplish in life.
Time Bound– goals work best when you give yourself a target deadline to meet. Even if you meet your goal early or even a week later than planned. It helps with motivation when you know you’re on a “time limit”
The SMART goal method can and should be used for any size goal. Like the short term and long term goals, I mentioned before.
You want to take each goal through these next steps in order to make them more actionable. This process will also allow you to hone in on the most important goals to focus on and to eliminate things on the list that are not as important.
Remember, our goal is to make our resolutions achievable!
Our SMART Success Story….so far
So our long term goal from last year was to get serious about our debt freedom journey.
We wanted to pay off our debts or at least a HUGE chunk of it before our son was born because we knew that financial stress on top of a new addition to the family could be a recipe for a strain in our relationship.
Now, this was a pretty lofty goal to accomplish in one year. We followed the SMART method and decided to break this long term goal down into several short term goals.
Long story short, we paid off so much, I was able to leave my job to become a stay at home mom. Yay!
If you want to read exactly how we did it, click here.
So here are my goals for 2019
- I plan to create and stick to a schedule of posting new content to the blog by every Tuesday.
- I will spend 3 hrs weekly on professional development towards blogging. (Courses, research)
- The 30-day Gratitude journal (I will start in January, because it just may turn into a full year journal habit)
- Go on 2 small camping trips (within Texas) one in the spring and then again in fall.
- Go on 1-2 big camping trips (in a different state), one during the summer and then again in December 2019
- Commit to 45-50 minute workouts 3x a week (gotta be able to run from the bears on the camping trips, and keep up with my son too)
- Commit to 2 saturdays a month for date night. (Did I mention this first-time mom thing is SUPER easy? ha! Be glad I took a shower today)
- Get outside with Greyson (my wolf pup, I mean son) at least 4x a week for 30 minutes or longer.
- Call a friend 1x week. (This is actually a big deal for me because I can be quite the hermit crab when it comes to actually talking to people.)
- Finally, to grow my blog in terms of traffic and income earnings. Ideally, I want to triple those numbers of where I am now by my 1-year blogger-versary month which is August
What About You?
Ok, I spilled the beans on mine. Now it’s your turn! What are some things you want to achieve this year? What are your tricks for keeping yourself accountable?
I want to know! Leave me a comment below! Also, if you enjoyed this post feel free to share it!