When it comes to new years, I’m noticing the word ‘resolutions’ less and less. Instead it’s all about ‘goals’ or ‘intentions’ – and I am totally down with that.
It feels less restrictive. More achievable. And what’s not to love about that?
I thought I would quickly jot dow my goals for 2017 here as an online reminder to myself and offer up a few tips for you to help you keep yours.
If you have any similar goals – let me know in the comments, maybe we can support each other?
Be more intentional
A friend recently recommended I watch the documentary ‘Minimalism‘ on Netflix, so I did… and I loved it. It really resonated with me and the way I’ve been thinking lately. It cemented that for 2017 I want to be more intentional with what I buy, what I consume digitally and what I do in general.
As a start I’ve made a Pinterest board on minimalism, had a total clear out (5 bin bags of clothes and other rubbish – GONE) and unfollowed any brands/people on Facebook that were filling my newsfeed with junk. I think curating and editing what you take in via social media is a small way to take control of what you consume.
Tackle a fear
Driving is a huge source of anxiety for me and it’s something I want to try and tackle this year. I don’t think I’ll ever truly enjoy driving, but if I can drive to places I don’t know without wanting to break down in tears – I’ll be happy. First step is to go on SatNav adventures at weekends.
Listen to my body
The latter few months of 2016 saw my gym routine fly out the window. I know I feel better when I eat well and exercise, and I know I’m capable of sticking to a routine, I just need to get back in the swing of things.
Read 1 x book per month, write once a week
I was given lots of lovely books for Christmas this year including writing prompt books, so I want to make good use of them all! I’m going to try and read 1 book a month and write something in the prompt books at least once a week.
Tips for sticking to your goals
- Quality over quantity – don’t go crazy and set yourself 30 goals, it won’t happen. Pick a few key ones and focus on them.
- Break goals into actionable steps – think about what you need to actually DO to make your goals happen.
- Make yourself accountable – tell someone about your goals (or write them in a blog for all to see!) this will make you more likely to stick to them.
- Look at them every day – put your list somewhere you’ll see it every day as a reminder.
- Check in at the end of each month – how did you do? What do you need to work on? What did you achieve?
- Don’t beat yourself up if you fail – nobody’s perfect. Learn from it and adapt.
What are you hoping for in 2017?