January 7th 2019
With every new year comes a heap of challenges, obstacles, and roadblocks. Here are some simple tips you can use to help you stay on track and thrive in the new year ahead!
I find that the most difficult part of a new year is not just starting strong, but remaining consistent in achieving your goals throughout the entirety of the year. I am the kind of person who gets in a really good groove from January to March before life starts picking up and I begin to fall off and break all of the good habits I have gotten myself into. However, 2018 was a special year for me because I found myself remaining more consistent and driven than I had been in previous year.
It was through small changes that I began to see the world change little by little and I can’t wait to get into an even better groove going into this year. So here are 5 tips to help you start the year strong and keep going all year long!
- Make goals visual- I found that making my goals something I can see was a huge part in remaining consistent throughout the year. I think the best example of this is my blogging plan which I started doing right at the beginning of the year. I created a spreadsheet to use each month when planning blog content and it helped me to not only create engaging content all year, but also helped me to never miss a post. You can utilize this visual plan in many different ways. Some people love bullet journals, others like to keep diaries or logs or, if you’re like me, you keep spreadsheets. Something as easy as even setting your alarm on your phone daily to remind you of a certain task or habit can really help give you a physical reminder of your goals.
- Incorporate goals into your schedule- I want to dedicate more time to reading and yoga this year while also regulating my time for blogging and other work. I find that, a lot of times, I fall out of healthy habits because I forget to make time for them. If you want to start going to the gym for at least 3 hours of your week, put it in your planner and make sure that time is only used for that. For example, gym time every week will be Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 5:30-6:30. If there are any conflicts then you adjust the schedule to fit your needs, but you don’t make unnecessary plans in that time slot if you can avoid it. By setting that time as “busy” time like you would if you had a doctors appointment, you are less likely to double book yourself.
- Find people with similar goals- Finding friends with similar goals or going out and meeting people who are reaching for the same things you are is a great way to build healthy habits and be held accountable for your own success. This works really well for me because I am competitive (to a healthy extent) so when I see a friend working on our similar goal, it pushes me to get off my butt and do the same! When a friend of mine spends a day brainstorming and working on blog stuff, it encourages me to get my laptop out and do the same. By seeing other people working hard towards similar dreams as you, you will be more likely to want to thrive with them instead of being left behind.
- Get in the habit of “making it up”- If you missed an exam in school, you’d have to make it up. Think of your goals in the same way. If you miss out on whatever you intended to work on in a given day or week, make it up. Don’t drive yourself crazy and try to cram 6 hours in at the gym because you missed a week. Instead, find other ways to make up the time. Add a half an hour into each workout the following week or take time during the days you know you’ll be missing your workout to get some extra steps in. The key here isn’t filling the time, it is thinking of the goal and acting with the intention to keep it.
- Remind yourself of your desired end result- My mom has been drilling this into me a lot. I want to move out and get my own apartment (solo, no roommates) by the end of the year or early next year. So for now, I am saving up. Whenever I buy things that seem trivial, she always tells me to think about how that money could have been used to help me furnish my apartment. Now I have gotten into the habit of doing that whenever I am reaching for a goal. Will that cookie help me reach my goal weight? Will putting that half finished blog post up help me reach my goal of quality over quantity? Thinking about your desired end result before acting helps keep you starting strong and going strong. However, don’t get so fixated on end results that you deprive yourself of fun. Splurge on a new jacket, eat a cookie once and a while, and let yourself accept when the blog post is “good enough” if it means preserving your sanity.
These tips may not work for everyone but they have worked for me and I find them to be quite helpful when I am struggling to stay on track. What is one tip you have for starting strong and staying on track every year?