For this new year, I’ve decided to bring some changes into my life. I know this is sort of late, but I wanted to talk about the goals I’ve set for myself this year, this blog being one of those goals. Last year, I was introduced into all sorts of new things and a new style of living. Yet, even with these new changes in my life last year, I still do not feel like I grew as a person (except I learned to go shopping on my own). So here are my 2017 New Years Goals:
This is my goal’s page in my bullet journal.
- Keep up with assignments
- Do assignments ahead of time instead of waiting until the last minute
- Study more often
- Don’t go to bed with unfinished assignments
- Speak up in class (a major one because I have a social anxiety)
- Start eating more healthy
- Cut out fast food
- Try new exercises/exercise challenges
- Go to the gym/walk every week
- Get a job
- Save up for apartment/summer class/new car (a dream, actually)
- Pay on credit card
- Pay on Diamond’s vet bill
- Plan a budget
- Keep up with electric bill
- Don’t spend money on stupid shit (I’m terrible at this)
- Read more
- Practice self care
- Work on anxiety
- Work on public speaking (no choice in is because I’m taking a public speaking class)
- Do more art
- Write for book/fan fictions
- Start a blog
- Start a bullet journal
Those are my 2017 goals. While it might seem like a lot, these are actually little things that I can actually work on and get done. I already have two of my goals done (the blog and the bullet journal). For my goal of working on my anxiety, I’m already in the midst of setting up appointments to see a new counselor and psychiatrist, which also helps me with my goal of public speaking because I have to do these steps in order to excel in my speeches for my Philosophy: Intro to Moral Communications class.
Now I’m going to give you some advice on setting goals and making them, even if setting goals seems overwhelming or pointless.
First of all, get a pen and some paper. Or maybe just your notebook on your favorite electronic device. Take notes on any goals you want to do over the year. Make sure you write them down in a place that you’ll check back to regularly. I put my goals in my bullet journal because I plan on using it all year.
Organize your goals into categories. This helps you figure out what aspects of life you want to work on over the year. Mine are obviously, school, health, finance, and personal because they’re aspects of my life that affect me the most in my life at the moment. You can add any categories you like that affect your life, such as relationships, work, spirituality, etc.
Set realistic, attainable goals that you can work with over the year. Don’t set big goals that will be difficult to reach and take multiple steps that you’ll get tired of in a couple months within the year. If you want to lose weight, don’t say that you’ll completely cut out all the unhealthy food in your life. Realistically, you won’t be able to do that. Instead say that you’re going to start eating more healthy food choices so it doesn’t seem like you’re taking anything away from your life.
Set goals that you can work on with a partner. Want to start going to gym or working out but don’t know when or where to start or if you’ll have the motivation to finish it out. Have a close friend or family member join you on whatever your goal so that way you won’t lose motivation to finish it. It’s even better if the other person has the same goal and you can say that both you accomplished it together.
Think about what you would like to improve over the year. This could be that you want to loose weight or you want to get fit and healthy, or it could be as simple as wanting to improve your cooking or painting skills. In my goal to do more art, this includes improving my painting skills because they’re pretty bad. Though you don’t have to be bad at something to want to improve it. You can simply just want to polish a skill you’re already good at.
Think of any new hobbies that you want to try. Maybe you’ve always wanted to get into hiking or photography but you’ve never had/made the time for it. This year could be the year that you start that new hobby that you always wanted to try. Or maybe you saw someone mention it online and you thought it would be pretty neat to try. Do it! Hobbies are great and there’s nothing better than being passionate about something. The new hobbies that I want to bring into my life are this blog and my bullet journal because they seem like fun ideas. An alternative to this is maybe freshen up on an old hobby that you use to have but stop making time for. I used to write all the time but now I don’t. I plan on bringing that hobby back because it was fun and I miss it.
Anything can be a goal whether it’s for personal improvement, getting your life back on track, or even just trying something new. Also, you don’t have to use the New Year as an excuse to start a new goal. You can make goals for any time of the year and you can set the end game to whenever you want as long as you stay committed.
I hope you have a wonderful New Year and that you reach your goals for this year!