2020 is just around the corner and many people are now starting to look towards a new year and a new decade and focus on what they’d like to achieve in both their work and personal life. This year, we decided that instead of making New Year’s Resolutions (and subsequently forgetting them within the first few weeks!) we would spend time setting goals for ourselves to help us keep on track and help us to succeed in 2020.
Setting goals instead of resolutions can be useful for many reasons – without goals, you often lack focus and direction. They allow you to take control of the direction of your ambitions, and provide a benchmark for whether you accomplish your goal, providing you with the opportunity to reassess and move forward in a productive way. Life Hack explains that setting measurable goals is more likely to lead to success in seeing your hopes and dreams come to fruition.
So, where do you start? Goal setting is a process which requires consideration, so here’s some useful tips to get you started and help you see in the New Year with a positive outlook!
When setting goals for yourself, it’s important that they’re realistic and achievable but also ones that inspire you and will motivate you too. If they don’t, then they’ll become difficult to achieve, and in the end you might not see them through. Setting aside time to think about what your intentions are for 2020 will allow you to see what it is that you would like to achieve – taking a long walk in nature, sitting down in front of the fire with a hot cup of tea or sitting alone in a coffee shop are some of our favourite ways to take time to reflect.
It can often be overhwleming to be holding so much information in your head – daily tasks, birthdays, special dates, what’s for dinner.. the list goes on! Writing down your goals allows you to free up some of that space in your head. The physical process of writing something down makes it seem more real too. Track your progress and check things off as you go – you’ll get a great sense of accomplishment which will motivate you too!
And of course, you wouldn’t be able to do this without some lovely stationary – here’s some of our favourite planners to help you get organised:
In a social media crazy world, it is often difficult not to look at others and compare your successes to theirs. It’s important to take into account that everyone is on their own journey and it is okay to be following your own path. Spending time comparing yourself to others also takes time away which you could be spending on your own goals!
Life often gets in the way of things – a big event, a weekend away, your kids are off school. When these things happen, it doesn’t take much for you to forget about your goals and shift your focus on to other things. However, it’s important to come back to your goals and remember that it is a process rather than a resolution which sets out to resolve something. Review your goals and set reminders to ensure you’re keeping on track!
Will you be setting yourself goals for 2020? We’d love to hear some – let us know in the comments!
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