How To Guide: 2017 (New Year’s Resolutions)
Hello! Welcome to 2017 (several days in) and to my new series of How To Guides for 2017, where I will be showing you fun and effective ways to make this YOUR best year yet! I will show you how to set goals, different ways to keep yourself on track, etc.!
It’s that time of year again: a fresh start, a time to hit that refresh button. If you are like most people you are eager to reset and get back in the game now that it is a new year. Here are some tips for how to set your new goals and how to stick to your new resolutions!
Make sure your goals are SMART.
A SMART goal is:
- Specific – What is your goal? Is it specific enough or is it too broad? What needs to be done for you to achieve your goal? Why do you want to reach your goal?
- Measurable – How can you measure your progress? How will you know if you’re on track?
- Attainable – Can your goal actually be achieved?
- Realistic/Relevant – Can you achieve your goal? Is the goal worth it?
- Time – What’s your time frame for reaching your goal?
Write down your 2017 goals and objectives.
Writing down your goals for 2017 is a very important part goal setting.
Completing this step can help you remember your goals and why you want to achieve them. Make sure you write your goals down somewhere you can see them everyday, to help keep them in the front of your mind. Out of sight, out of mind.
Ways To Map Out Your Goals:
- Writing a list of your goals.
- Making a vision board or visual journal.
- Putting post-its around your home that list your goals.
- Placing reminders on your phone, calendar, or planner.
- Getting a lifestyle/goal app that will help keep you on track.
- Creating a blog to track your progress.
Create a plan.
In order to stay motivated and on top of your goals, you need to create a plan detailing how you will reach your goals. A plan can help you stay focused and make you feel less
Your plan should detail the steps you need to do in order to reach your goal, what will happen as you reach each step, when and how you will track your progress, and more. Being detailed with your plan will help you reach your goal and become successful.
Break your goal apart into smaller goals.
Having a full year to reach your goals is a long time, and you may forget about your goals or just become overwhelmed by the hugeness of them.
I recommend starting with a few select main goals and then breaking those down into smaller goals or steps that will help you achieve your main goals.
Some articles and posts that I have read suggest setting 12 smaller goals, one for each month of the year. Basically, each month will be a step closer to your overall goal.
An example I found: if your goal is to become a blogger in one year, your monthly goals may be something such as:
- January – Think of a blog idea and a name.
- February – Start a blog and create a blogging plan.
- March – Create an editorial calendar.
- April – Find ways to monetize a blog.
- May – Reach X amount of page views.
- June – Attend a blogging conference.
- July – Guest post on 10 websites.
- August – Grow your email list to X subscribers.
- September – Build an emergency fund for X months.
- October – Reach X in blogging income.
- November – Grow a social media account to X.
- December – Become a blogger!
Be SMART, envision your goals, create a plan of action, set smaller goals, and have an amazing year!