On January 1st, I along with millions of others will create resolutions loaded with goals and aspirations – and due to the over-analyzer that I am, I also take in consideration how I can maintain them throughout the year.
Like some of us do, we start off with our best intentions and then somewhere down the line we fall aside and are distracted by life. This year, I am determined to stay focused by putting my plan on here to hold myself accountable and perhaps some of you can identify with me and discover a method that works best for you.
By pinpointing mini-goals (or short-term goals) that ramp up to meet your long-term goals makes the process and approach less daunting and feasible. When breaking it down into smaller, more attainable goals, you are able to gain success on a frequent basis. Thus leaving you with a feeling of accomplishment and positive vibes which is much needed in order to move forward and push through!
Below are a few planning tips on how to organize your resolution, goal or aspiration in mind:
- Identify goal
- Develop a plan/strategy on how to get there
- Outline a realistic plan
- Break it down into mini-goals
- Mini-goals should be stepping stones to meet long-term goals
- Create a timeline and insert deadlines for mini-goals/long-term goals
- Reward yourself when mini-goals/long-term goals are met
Here are a few tips that help me to stay focused and motivated:
- Eye on the prize
- Tracking progress
- Positive Attitude
I am far from perfect and after looking back on previous years, I have noticed a pattern of falling off the bandwagon around the 1 month mark. I am sharing my list of top 3 goals that include my past excuses and my proposed strategy on how to execute my strategy.
*Apologies for the janky chart – the blog doesn’t like my table format.
|Goal (long-term)||Plan||Excuses||Strategy (mini-goals)|
– Tone and fit
– Weight loss
|Hit the gym 3-5 days a week||– Too tired
– Working late
– Social activities
– Too cold/hot
– TV/couch potato
|– Find a workout buddy for accountability for encouragement and discipline
– Find a hobby/sport that tricks you into getting in your cardio and circuit training
– Calorie/sodium intake
– Clean food, less carbs
|Actively work on daily habit of clean eating||– Hangry (hungry + angry)
– Food is tasteless
– Timely preparation
|– Researching recipes that include food you enjoy
– Portion control
– Food app
– Preparing meals ahead of time
– Buying a home
– Beefing up savings account
– Adding more to my 401(k)
|Save XX amount per month||– Retail therapy
– Want vs. need
– Wild spending habits
– Expensive sports/gym
– Eating out vs. eating in
|– Delete store email notifications
– Limit social activities
– Limit sports and entertainment
– Learn to live on a budget while adding to savings and 401(k)
Hopefully this info was helpful in way to motivate you to knock out your goals and feel successful come January 1st, 2017!!!
In the meantime, cheers to a successful 2016!!!!
Do…..or do not. There is no try!