At the beginning of every new year, everyone sets goals of various things they want to accomplish: lose weight, get in shape, make more money, take more vacations, etc etc. How many of these goals do we actually achieve? This year, it’s time to actually meet and exceed those goals! Of course for the first month, it’s easy to be on track but afterwards most people lose motivation. Well here are a few tips to keep you on track for the entire year:
1. Write down your goals.
It’s easy to say that we want to achieve something, but it’s a proven fact that when we actually write down our goals then it makes it more feasible to achieve. Instead of simply writing down your goals, how about creating a vision board? A vision board is a visual collage that depicts several things in relation to your goals. Place the vision board somewhere you can easily see it, where it serves as a visual reminder of the goals you want to accomplish and where you want to be. If you constantly see it, it’ll be more ingrained in your mind.
To create a vision board you basically take a few magazines and cut out photos and phrases that illustrate where you’d like to be. You can even have a vision board party with your friends where you all get together and discuss your goals in a fun way. Here are a few examples of vision boards:
2. Break your goals down into daily or weekly mini-goals.
Remember in school when you had an agenda book to write down all your homework assignments? Get a yearly planner that will help you write down daily tasks that will help you get to where you need to be. I love to make to do lists all the time, and writing things down and crossing them off makes me feel like I’m making progress. My favorite place to buy planners from is TJ Maxx and Marshalls because they’re really affordable (under $15!) and they’ve got so many cute options. Another thing that helps with writing in the planner is making sure the planner you buy is visually attractive and eye-catching. I find that I’m more likely to use the planner when I think it’s really cute instead of plain and boring.
3. Create accountability partners.
People are more likely to complete a task when somebody else is going to check on them. Same thing goes with creating and setting goals. Create accountability partners within your friend circle, or even with your co-workers. Share your goals at the beginning of the month and have monthly check in coffee dates to see how each other is doing. You can even make it a competition; people love to get competitive and it makes things fun. With an accountability partner, you can motivate and push each other to reach your goals.
What are some tips that you have for reaching your goals?