At the start of every new year, many people tend to set goals for themselves. Most of the time, these goals can be unrealistic, which is why after a few weeks, you may give up on your goal(s). Setting unrealistic, large goals can add unnecessary stress to your life. It can also leave you feeling disappointed with yourself for not following through. Personally, I like to set short-term goals for myself that I know can accomplish in the given time period. This helps me to stay motivated, and complete my goal, while improving some aspect of my life. It’s so much easier to set short-term, realistic goals for yourself. After all, it’s said it only takes 21 days to form a habit!
- Vision Boards
Vision boards are a perfect way of setting goals for yourself. Basically for a vision board, you get a medium/large board and you find images that inspire you and relate to your goals. So, if your goal is to save money and travel to Europe, you would include images that revolve around saving, Europe/traveling, etc. The best way to make your vision board motivational is to keep is clean and simple. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with tons of images. It’s also helpful to keep this board in a spot you see everyday like an office or bedroom. This way you’re constantly reminded me of what your goals/visions are!
- Waking Up Earlier
Hear me out on this one! I personally hate waking up earlier than I have to. I tried waking up earlier a few days before work to complete some errands I wanted to get out of the way and WOW did it help me feel less stressed. Waking up 1-2 hours before you need to can help you feel more awake and motivated. I loved not feeling rushed, enjoying my morning coffee, and getting my errands done before work so I didn’t have to run around after. This is a relatively simple goal to complete, too. The hardest part is actually getting out of bed! To make this easier you can wake up earlier in increments. One day try 30 minutes, the next 45, the next day an hour. It will be easier to adjust to than just waking up 2 hours earlier than you’re used to. To keep yourself more alert throughout the day try throwing a workout in there, too!
Leading into the New Year, most people have spent a lot of money. With Christmas and New Years just ending, you may have spent more than you planned on gifts, credit cards, the bar, clothing, etc. Budgeting isn’t just beneficial at the start of a New Year, though. Having a set plan on how much money to spend each week, can help you plan better for future events – like things you put on your vision board!! There are apps you can use to this, but I’ve found it’s easiest to just use Microsoft Excel.
- Drinking More Water
This one is pretty easy! Most of us probably struggle to drink enough water every day. I know I do because I always get headaches. If you struggle like me, there are simple fixes to this! Pictured below is a water bottle with little reminders to drink water at every hour of the day. Don’t feel like buying one? Make it yourself! You can use stickers or a sharpie on a reusable water bottle and reach the same result.
- More Self Love
Whether it’s as simple as doing or your makeup or putting a face mask on to make yourself feel better – do it. Make it a priority to make sure you feel loved and confident. Try complimenting yourself more. Each day try to pick out three things you love about yourself. Do something(s) that makes you happy each day. Self love and self care is essential to see positive growth with yourself!!
I hope you found some of these resolutions applicable to your life! I will definitely be trying all of these out for myself! Happy 2019!! Make this your best year yet ☺