A New View on New Year’s Resolutions

Over the years I’ve set endless New Year’s resolutions that have almost never been successful. They have either been way too unattainable, I never wrote them down and forgot, or I just simply threw them out. It’s so easy to set goals that are out of reach but sound good and it’s also easy to just stop working towards them once the year gets in full swing.

This year I’m going to try something different. Instead of setting goals like “lose weight”, “eat better” or “get better grades”, I’m going to be more specific and attainable. I won’t be setting all long-term goals but instead more short-term goals. I’m also going to write them down and have someone hold me more accountable.

So, what do some of these goals look like and why am I setting them? Below you’ll find a little snippet about each goal I’m setting and why I’m setting it. Maybe one will spark your interested or influence you to create one similar that works into your schedule.

Long Term

Saving Money

This is almost always on my list of goals but this year it’s going to be different. For the first time I am more financially on my own which is forcing me to really take saving money seriously. While this is slightly stressful of a goal, I also feel really ready to finally begin to conquer it. So what’s my plan exactly? Well, for starters I’ll be putting away at least 10% of my earnings into my savings. This will be left up to vary depending on the week being that some weeks my earnings will be a little less or more. Also, some bills will vary also causing my spending to be a little higher. In other words, it’s really hard to set an amount I want to save but I will be setting more of a monthly budget helping me conquer my goal of saving.

Eating Healthier

Also a goal that I’m constantly talking about is eating healthier. While it’s more of a lifestyle I want to take on, it has to start a little smaller but still is under the “long term” section because it’s no easy task. I am a lover of all things sweet, salty, and gluten-packed and have a hard time maintaining any sort of balance. I am the kind of eater that lets my feelings and cravings dictate when I will be eating. Changing this will be my first goal for eating healthier. I will listen to my body and eat 1. when I’m hungry and 2. something I *need* to eat not always something I *want* to eat.

Short Term

Getting to OTF 2x or more a week

Getting to Orange Theory is just a little sub-goal of my “Eating Healthier” goal. These two guys most often go hand-in-hand so here we are! With my busy schedule this semester and I am leaving room in this goal to fluctuate with my availability.

Meditate 3-5x a week for any amount of time

I have had a lot of trouble with staying focused and grounded throughout the year. It has caused me to be easily distracted and not as successful as I feel I could be. Because of this, I will be trying to meditate more this year. I’m excited to see how it’ll impact my day to day life and overall how I’ll feel.

Plan blog content a week in advance

Now this resolution is totally new to me. When I started my blog, I wasn’t as prepared with content and a plan as I wished I had been. That will be changing this year! I hope to have my content planned (and maybe even written) a bit in advance.

With the New Year right around the corner it’s easy to start throwing out goals left and right but try not to. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many or too big of goals. Sit down and really think about what you want from this new year, and what will help you obtain those things. Derive your resolutions from those desires and give yourself the room to change them as you grow.

What are some of your resolutions?

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