It's hard to believe 2017 is almost over. Like most years, this one flew by. While most people make resolutions for themselves at the beginning of each year, I prefer to set goals. In my opinion, resolutions tend to have a negative connotation, like "stop smoking" or "loose weight". Making blanket statements like these also don't offer any time frame to accomplish the goals you want. Here are some tips you can use to set goals for yourself to make you more likely to reach them.
Write Them Down:
This seems obvious, but just writing down the things you want to accomplish makes it more likely for you to achieve them. It's easy to make a mental note in your head, but you can easily loose track of your goals by not writing things down somewhere. Make a list on a note in your phone, or do it the old fashioned way with a pen and paper, whatever works better for you.
Categorize Your Goals:
Break your goals down by category. I categorize mine by career goals, financial goals, blog goals, and personal goals, but you can break it down however works best for you.
Check in with yourself every few weeks or months to see if you're on track for meeting your goals. And remember, it's ok for your goals to evolve over time. A goal you set for yourself 6 months ago might not be important to you now. For example, one of the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2017 in regards to my blog was to join an affiliate site (such as like to know it) to monetize my blog. However, after reevaluating my blog and Instagram this year, I realized this goal does not make sense for me. The point of my blog and Instagram is not to push product on people, so why would I join an affiliate site? Just because I saw other big bloggers using these sites, I felt like I should be too, when in actuality it's not something I even wanted. Which brings me to my next point
Don’t Let Society Define Your Goals:
Don’t set goals for yourself based on society’s timeline. Everyone is different and grows at their own pace. Especially with social media, its so easy to feel inadequate compared to our peers. But the new year is a great time to reflect and think about the things that are most important to you and what YOU really want out of life.
I hope these tips were helpful and got you thinking about what you'd like to achieve in 2018. Check out my latest Instagram post, where I’m giving away all the products featured in this post to help you stay organized in the new year!
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