2019 is here and so are my goals for the year! I’m not huge on the term ‘resolutions’, since it insinuates that there’s some sort of problem that needs fixed. I prefer to look at my visions for the year as goals to improve what I’m doing or to try something new. Many of these goals are carrying over from 2018 and may even expand into 2020. Some are areas that I’d like to re-focus my attention to. In terms of goal setting, I do like to utilize SMART goals…yes, I know, it may remind you of work since this framework is used often in the workplace, BUT I think that it is easier to measure progress towards the goal when in this format.
Let’s break it down…
- Specific – This is where you identify the who, what, when, where, and why of your goal. This will help you analyze of the steps that will be needed to get from point A to point B.
- Meaurable – What will the end result be? Are you striving for a specific number? How will you know when you’ve met the goal? If possible, determine a specific number you are aiming for. Do you want to lose 15 pounds, save $2000 for a trip, or reduce your wardrobe by 20%? Think of a reasonable measurement that can be tracked throughout the year or time frame you are setting.
- Attainable – You want to make sure your goal is actually possible. Think about your resources and experiences in the past when determining if your goal is one that can be successful. It is ok to be ambitious, but you will likely want to break down your goal into smaller steps that can be reached along the way. This will give you little victories that will keep you motivated towards the larger goal! If you’re wanting to save a certain amount of money, sit down a research your monthly spending so get a realistic idea of what you have leftover that can be saved!
- Relevant – Is this goal that you’re setting something that you’re actually interested in? Once you reach the goal, will you continue living that way or regress back to your old habits? Make sure the goal that you are setting for yourself is one that will hold your interest and motivation for the duration. Of course there will be ups and downs throughout, but if you’re not excited about it from the get-go, you’re less likely to stick with it!
- Time Based – Set a time-frame for when you would like to accomplish the goal. Is this something you’d like to accomplish in 3 months? 6 months? 12 months? Establish an end goal with checkpoints along to way to track progress and stay motivated. Sometimes a special event, such as a trip, wedding, reunion, etc., can be motivating time frames for sticking to your goal. Be cautious, though, with a shorter time frame. You want to make sure that the changes you are making have time to ‘sink in’ and become habits that stick around for the long haul!
- Write it down & post somewhere visible – I keep a bullet journal that I use at daily. This keep my goals fresh in my mind. You could write it on a sticky note and stick it to the fridge. You could set a daily reminder in your phone. You could create a home decor piece that displays the goal on the wall. The sky’s the limit!
- Tell your friends & family – People are interested in supporting others on their journeys! Friends and family are great for accountability. Plus, if you tell someone, it is likely that you are serious about the goal and achieving it.
- Post on social media – LET THE WORLD KNOW!! Again, this can be great for accountability and support. It may surprise you who else out there had similar intentions for the year.
- Like to utilize a template? Here a link to a FREE printable SMART Goal Template.
- An informative post I found on MoneyCrashers.com with examples and motivation for reaching your goals. It’s not just financially based, so check it out for any other goals you may have.
Here are a few of my goals for the year:
- By the end of 2019, I will not have purchased any new clothing items*. I will do so by avoiding stores such as TJMaxx, Outlet Stores, Target, etc. that I would normally go to ‘just to browse’ and end up with at least one new item I didn’t really need. I will rely on Alex and my friend Sara to keep me accountable. Sara has a similar goal, so we’ve decided to help each other stick to it! *With the exception of absolute necessities such as socks/underwear and a new pair of running shoes mid summer for marathon training.
- By the end of 2019, I will have participated in or volunteered at one race event per month. I will accomplish this by keeping a race calendar and researching potential races each month in my area. So far I have races for May and October. 2 down, 10 to go!
- By the end of 2019, Alex and I will be moved back to Ohio! We will do so by meeting with a realtor this month to get the house selling process underway and also continue to network and apply for jobs in desired locations ‘back home’.
- By November 19, 2019, I will reach my fundraising goal of $1500 for World Wildlife Fund. I will accomplish this by engaging family, friends and followers in conversations throughout the year about why it is important to support this charity. I may also create environmentally friendly and reusable products to sell and possibly host a bake sale with the proceeds going towards my goal. I will track this goal on my Personal WWF Fundraising Page.
I’d LOVE to hear what your goals are and to help with accountability!! I’m wishing you a 2019 full of breakthroughs, successes and happiness!