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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!