Simple Goal Setting Tips For The New Year


One of my favorite things is the feeling a new year brings. The feeling of hope, new beginnings, and possibilities. Planning and setting goals has been my routine at the end of every year, but this year I decided to be more intentional and simple with my goals and how I plan. Here are a few simple goal setting tips for the new year.

Sometimes simple is better

It can be so easy to get caught up in the feeling of having to set big goals for the new year and although that can be great, sometimes simple is better. You don’t have to want to accomplish it all just because of a new year. Maybe your goal is to do more of what makes you happy or be more present in each moment. Sometimes small goals are the most fulfilling goals. Just make sure that you have still have measurable ways of knowing when that goal has been completed.

Find a system that works for you

Just because something works for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you and that’s okay. Spend time figuring out what works best for you when it comes to actually staying on top of goals and daily tasks.

A few ideas for where to plan your days + weeks:

– Use a traditional paper planner in a layout that works best for you (monthly, weekly, or daily views).

– Keep everything digital with a digital calendar and use your phone’s to-do list and reminders.

– Create a bullet journal with the layouts and pages the work for you.

– Use a new piece of paper or sticky note every day to quickly jot down what you need to get done.

A few ideas for ways to plan your days + weeks:

– Keep a weekly to-do list of what you want to accomplish that week with any deadline dates included. This way you don’t feel discouraged if you don’t complete a task on a certain day.

– Keep both a weekly to-do list overview and a daily to-do list. Remember to add smaller tasks too.

– Have a monthly overview with appointments, work schedule, class schedule, etc.

Keep your goals where you can see them

This could be writing them on a sheet of paper and taping it to your bedroom wall so you see it every morning. Or keep it on a list on your phone that you look at once a week. For me, this year I wrote them on a blank page in the back of my journal and put a piece of tape on top of the page so I can easily find it.

Break each goal down into smaller steps

This does wonders for making a bigger goal seem more attainable. Write down the top main goals you want to complete, and then list a few smaller goals/steps you can do to help complete that goal. For example, one of my goals this year is to track my spending and finances for the whole year. My smaller goals for doing this are writing down weekly spending + saving in my planner, and then transferring that over to an Excel spreadsheet I already created at the end of every week.

Be kind to yourself

Having big goals is great, but it’s also important to be kind to yourself if something doesn’t go as planned. Life is filled with surprises and sometimes what we thought we wanted at the start of the year isn’t what we want later on. Or maybe a goal isn’t completed to the certain point you had in mind. Life has a funny way of working out in the end and giving you exactly what you need, so be kind to yourself and enjoy where this next year takes you.

Just know that you do not have to do it all, and you don’t even have to set any goals if you don’t want to. I hope you all have a wonderful new year!

29 responses to “Simple Goal Setting Tips For The New Year”

  1. Geniussr says:

    I like these tips and ideas for the new year… writing in traditional journal always helps and yeah I try to stick my goals list in study where I spend most of my time… thanks for sharing this wonderful and motivational post hon… Happy New Year…❤️

  2. cate says:

    I find that using a traditional planner is the best idea ever. It always works. right now I have 3, one for work, one for the blog an done to keep track of my eating habits (let’s see if this works ).

    Cate // 35mminstyle / blogging + photography

  3. Daniel says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’m setting goals I wanna achieve this year very soon! Happy New Year to you xx

  4. Nina says:

    Such a great post. Happy New Year!!
    xx- Nina

  5. Ivana Split says:

    These are all great tips. Writing things down in a planner does help and so does breaking our goals into smaller steps. Planning is important when it comes to realizing our dreams but I also like what you said about how we should be kind to ourselves and enjoy the moment.
    I wish you all the best in 2020!

  6. Eli says:

    Totally agree with your tips. A teacher told me that the goals (either professionally or personally) should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely.
    I hope we can achieve ours!
    Have a wonderful beginning of 2020!!


  7. Jessica says:

    I love these, especially the last one. Happy New Year dear!
    Jessica |

  8. Mariann Yip says:

    I started my new years by meditation and goal setting so these tips were helpful!

    Happy New Year 🙂

  9. I love this time of the year and agree, in that keeping goals where you can see them is always helpful. I keep them two places in sight. I also love using a traditional planner but I also use digital apps to keep everything in.

  10. Great post! I love your tips, I think it’s useful to a lot of people.
    Happy new year dear!

  11. Mica says:

    Such good tips – especially that one about being kind to ourselves! it’s important to set achievable goals and to be kind when things pop up and we need to make changes we don’t expect! 🙂

    Happy new year! Hope that you have a lovely weekend ahead of you! 🙂 We will be having a quiet one.

  12. These are great tips for the new year. I am trying to simplify and I got a new planner that lays out my goals. Have a terrific new year Kara!

  13. Lovely says:

    Happy New Year beautiful! Thanks for these tips wishing you the best 2020 has to bring.


  14. Kinga says:

    Good to achieve goals 🙂

  15. Quinn says:

    All perfect advice for any time of year, but this week especially! Simple really is best, you’re so right. Breaking things down into smaller steps makes your goals just…make sense. Being consistent is so important too! You’re so wise, Kara. Happy and healthy 2020 to you, beautiful!


  16. Hi Kara dear,
    You always came across with so interesting subjects.
    My goals are so simple, I want to recover my health!!
    I think simple goals is a good start!!

  17. Miri says:

    What an inspiring post dear. I totally agree with you: Simple is sometimes better and more achievable

    lots of love, Miri | Meet Miri

  18. Nina says:

    These are wonderful tips. I love using reminders on my phone, and weekly planners are so helpful too. Happy New Year Kara.

  19. Jamila says:

    Yes, I love to use a paper planner as well in writing down my goals so I can see them everyday and have an opportunity to reflect. Cheers to a great decade starting with a fabulous 2020!

  20. I’ve actually decided to start setting goals for myself this year
    ! I’m going to start small with daily goals and work my way to bigger ones!

  21. Natalia says:

    I love your tips, specially the one about simplicity. This year I changed my dynamic of goals. Instead of getting all these ideas of what I want life to be like, I’m focusing only on the things I can do: learn a new language, workout x times per week, help someone… it is way more realistic and relaxing.
    Have a wonderful 2019 🙂


  22. I also love New Year and new begging when I can plan and set a goals. I enjoy in that process so much. Your tips as well as photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing and Happy and successful New Year.

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  23. Vanessa says:

    These are great tips dear! I write mine down in my journal and I always make sure to make realistic goals because I do want to achieve them. 🙂
    Happy Wednesay, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  24. Sakuranko says:

    I started this year wiith a monthly planner

  25. Sakuranko says:

    I started this year wiith a monthly planner

  26. Missy May says:

    I like SMART goals and this sounds like that to me. Achievable! Thank you, Kara for the tips. Cheers to the new year! 🙂

  27. Vanessa says:

    These are great goals, cutie! Happy New Year!

    Happy Thursday, babe!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  28. PerlaGiselle says:

    Ahhhh! Kara, you’ve done it again! You are always providing such great tips. I feel that last part is so important! So many people get discouraged when they go slightly of course. Thank you for such a great read! <3

    PerlaGiselle |

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