Happy New Years!! I don’t know about you guys, but I went into 2020 so excited for a new year. As everyone has experienced however, it’s turned into a mess. For 2021, more than ever, I am focused on making realistic resolutions for the New Year and setting strong goals for myself. I am going to be graduating college in May and I really need to start looking forward and changing some little things in my life to help my mental health. I will share with you all my personal new years resolutions at the end, but right now, I am going to go over some tips so I can help you guys create realistic new years resolutions for 2021. Let’s jump right into it.
Creating Realistic Resolutions
Tip 1: Self-Reflection
This can be done in a couple of different ways. You can look back at the photos throughout your past year, re-read old blog posts, or read your past journal entries. Self-reflection is all about looking back and thinking about what you did through the past year, and what you want to change. It is also the time to see how you’ve grown as a person. When doing a self-reflection, you really need to be honest with yourself and your intentions.
Tip 2: Set quarterly goals rather than yearly
One thing that I have learned when it comes to goal setting is setting goals for each quarter of the year rather than for the whole year. A lot of times, people will set goals for the year and then drop them within a week or two of January. However, there are a few benefits for doing goal setting in quarters instead. You can break up your goals into smaller parts and in more reasonable time frames. This will help you accomplish the goals faster and keep track of them.
Tip 3: Set goals that are actionable
When coming up with your goal, you should be able to have clear goals
Tip 4: Track your goals
Make sure your goals are specific so they are not only easy to follow, but easy to track your progress. By tracking your progress with your goals, you can make sure that you are holding yourself accountable.
Tip 5: Write your goals down
Another way to hold yourself accountable, write your goals down so you can look at them often. This can be in your phone, laptop, or in a notebook.
Tip 6: Focus on changing systems
Change systems in your life instead of trying to change something big. For example, say you’re trying to wake up earlier every single day. One way you could do this is by setting your alarm for an early time and not changing anything else. However, the better way is to change the “system”. Instead of just setting your alarm earlier, also start your night routine and go to bed at an earlier time, and limit your electronic usage at night. This is changing the “system” that you are in, instead of just changing one thing.
Tip 9: Get a partner
If you struggle with holding yourself accountable, you can always get a partner. They can be someone you trust and you can accomplish things together. It can also be more fun to do things with someone else and make your goals more attainable.
Tip 8: It’s okay not to complete your resolutions.
Like I said earlier, most people make resolutions and drop them the first week of January. And that is totally okay. But if there are some changes in your life that you want to make, you just have to hold yourself accountable. Accomplishing goals all depend on how badly you want it. So if you really want to do something, make sure you push yourself to get it done. But if there’s something you don’t think you can do, don’t push yourself too hard. These are your personal goals.
I hope that these tips help you in creating goals and realistic resolutions for this year! Let’s crush 2021!