“2015 – a brand new year, a brand new start.” Although new year’s day is technically just another day in our lives, it is always nice to be reminded about our hopes and wishes, our desires and values in life after living our lives for years. After all, we all grow a year older and a year wiser with the different experiences we gained along the journey right? I am turning 22 in about a week’s time, and I have to say that there are still so many things that I want to achieve and look forward to in my life.
You see, there is a difference between New Year’s resolutions and New Year’s goal. If you look up the definition of resolution in the dictionary, it says that a resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something; while the definition of a goal is the object of a person’s ambition or effort, an aim or a desired result. If you really want to achieve something at the end of 2015, you will be better off by setting goals for the resolutions you want to achieve.
Set up SMART Goals
An effective goal is a SMART goal. A goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Although some of your resolutions might not come with a SMART goal (e.g., a resolution to be less uptight or to smile more often cannot be timely or measurable), many of the career/self-improvement related resolutions can be.
Take your time to brainstorm a list on your resolutions, and on the second page ask yourself “How am I going to achieve these resolutions?” Try to quantify it, set a deadline for it, so that you can see if you’ve progressed over the year. For example, a new year’s resolution to be more healthy can be separated into very specific sections: To drink at least 2 liters of water every day, to sleep for at least 7 hours a day, to work out at least 3 times a weak, to eat junk food less than 4 times a week.
Know your priority and limit, don’t be too ambitious or greedy with your goals
One lesson I learned over my NYR last year, was that I was too greedy with my goals. I wanted to achieve so many things that I got stressed up by the goals that I set for myself. You have to keep in mind that there is only 24 hours in a day, you have limited amount of income and your energy span is also limited. Focus on the few things that you value the most and do well in them instead of spreading your attention across many things and not do well in any of them.
Make a checklist of your goals
Quantified your goals? Make a checklist of them too! Take the “stay healthy” new year’s resolution as example. Ask yourself at the end of every week or month, “Did I drink 2 liters of water on most of the days this week? Did I go to the gym 3 times this week?” Note them down in your calendar or create lists on websites/apps like Wunderlist. It might seem really technical in the beginning, but these little actions will slowly turn into habits in which you no longer need a checklist.
Remember that your New Year Resolutions/Goals may be written at the beginning of the year, but they are meant for the whole year
The biggest mistake many people do, is that they forget their new year’s resolutions soon after February. It is understandable, especially when we get overwhelmed by work/studies as the year progress. Try to remind yourself about your goals of the year; print the list out and stick them next to your study desk. Look at them every now and then (not every day) so that you are reminded about it and feel guilty about slacking off. I have a monthly reminder on my calendar that says “NYR Reflection time!” just so I will take a look at my list too.
And those are some of my tips on setting your New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2015. I personally spent the past 2 days thinking of what I want to achieve over 2015 and made a list out of it, then altering it to suit my limitations and priorities. It’s not an easy job, but I guess my goal-driven personality made me enjoy the process a lot. I was going to share them here tonight along with this post, but I am getting tired and this post is getting too long, I guess that can wait while I get my beauty sleep!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and are motivated to set up an actual New Year’s resolutions for 2015. Comment here or tag me @wendyvazzy on Twitter or Instagram to tell me about your New Year’s resolutions! 🙂