With only two months left of 2018, it’s just the right time to start planning goals for the new year. In 2019, we want to come up with a list of realistic, achievable and measurable goals that we can keep ourselves accountable with. Here are some tips to help you personalize your list.
Reflect on the Past
Although Henry David Thoreau once said “never look back unless you are planning to go that way,” we believe in the beauty of reflections. Looking back at the past year, celebrate your achievements and ponder your failures. See which goals worked for you and which did not. Learn from your mistakes in the past and visualize a future, defining success in your own terms.
Take Baby Steps
Resolutions have a tendency to be grand and unrealistic. Make sure that your goal for the year is possible, setting sub-goals prior to reaching that grand finale. For example, if you are trying to get published in a national magazine, aim for reaching those local outlets first. Make sure that you are not reaching for the stars and that you are building a solid foundation beneath your feet. Steadily tracking goals in the short term can build towards a greater purpose, one step at a time.
Steadily tracking goals in the short term can build towards a greater purpose, one step at a time.
Just because you may have graduated years ago, doesn’t mean your lifelong journey of learning has come to an end. Motivate yourself to grow and become a better person through different methods of learning, such as reading, networking, communicating with mentors and more. Especially with our increasingly digital world, it is important to make an effort to maintain connections with those who we care about.
Out With the Old, In With the New
Ringing in the new year, we must make space to welcome all the new experiences and achievements. Now is a good time to clean out your space, both physically and mentally. Go through your closets and cabinets to filter out those items that have been collecting dust over the years. Clear your head of old irrelevant information and enter the new year with a sense of clarity. Being on top of your organization game will always put you a step ahead of the rest. Your next year’s self will thank you later.
Setting goals for yourself can be a daunting task, especially if past resolutions have a tendency to be unmet. With the help of these tips, curate a list of goals that are personalized, measurable and most definitely achievable in the new year.