New year, new you, huh girl? I am not mad at it at all. There is nothing like starting a new year, it’s like a clean slate to create a master plan, and actually stick to it. Every year people make new resolutions or goals, and a lot of us have trouble actually following through with them. There is a science to setting obtainable goals that you’ll actually stick to. Don’t waste another year with no follow through. Here are my tips for setting obtainable goals this year, that you can actually stick too.
1. Write Them Down
There is nothing more effective than actually hand writing down your goals. Write them down somewhere and make sure they are visible to you on a daily basis. I used to have a goal board posted in my closet, I walk into my closet every morning to get dressed, so I had no other choice but to look at the board. Posting your goals somewhere is a daily reminder that you have shit to do! Keep them close, so you don’t forget what you have to accomplish. Writing them down is a consistent reminder and a great way to obtain your goal.
2. Make Them Measurable
This is an important one. Many of us make goals, without having a way to track or measure them. Sure you want to lose weight in 2019, but how much weight? Give yourself a hard measurable number or figure, so when you reach that figure you can cross it off your list. Tell yourself how much, or how many when setting goals.
3. Give Yourself a Deadline
Deadlines give you a sense of urgency. Pick a date, and stick to it! Each goal should have a solid deadline, and no “by the end of the year” stuff either, make it a solid date like May 23, or by your birthday or anniversary. Setting a deadline keeps you focused, and accountable.
4. Be Specific With Your Goals
Having goals as specific as possible is a major key. I mean, give yourself as much detail as possible, so you know exactly what it is you want to accomplish. So, you want to make more money, well how? or you want to travel more this year, okay, where, and with who? Outline your goals with as much detail as possible, get specific and have a game plan on what, where, how and why.
5. Focus on One Goal at a Time
Okay, so this one is strictly opinion based, but I think it is much easier to write all of your goals down, and check them off one at a time. It’s way harder to focus on doing a million and one things at once, and youre more likely to not get anything done this way. Have you ever had like a million things to do, and instead you take a nap? haha the overwhelmingness consumes you, and makes you less productive and less likely to actually get shit done. So, take your most pressing goal and handle that first, then move onto the next until you’ve checked everything off your list.
Now that we all know how to set goals effectively, I wanted to share with y’all three of my goals for 2019, using the tips above.
I want to earn $5,000+ a month within the first six months of this year. By June 30, I need to average a total of $5k a month with my side hustles, including blogging, VA work and wedding planning.
Attend 6 networking events, one every other month, and connect with at least 3 new people at each event. Connecting will include exchanging business cards, following up via email, phone call or meeting, and nurturing the relationship throughout the year.
Learn Spanish and teach my daughter Spanish before her second birthday (May 24, 2020). I’d like to become fluent in Spanish myself, and be able to teach and communicate with my daughter in English and in Spanish by her second birthday.
Okay, so how did I do on my goals? I wrote them down on in my journal as well. I give specific details, made them measurable, and gave myself hard deadlines. Share with me your goals for 2019, and try using my tips mentioned to help you set your goal! And remember baby steps are still steps forward.
Doing something small everyday that will get you closer to your goal is the right way to do it! You don’t always have to do it all at once. As long as you’re making progress, and moving forward your still killing it.
Good luck and Happy New Years!