What Are Your Goals This Year?
Ah, resolutions. A wonderful way to set goals for ourselves as we close one chapter of our lives, and hit refresh to start a new year. Goals are also an easy way to fail, if you set ones for yourself that are lofty and unrealistic. Nonetheless, I'll take any excuse to think about how I can get/feel/be better, so I always write resolutions. I normally do them before the clock strikes twelve, but this year, I couldn't figure out what I wanted in time. I decided to wait, and I am happy that I did. A couple (okay, like six) hours in bed and some quiet time yesterday really brought some clarity to me, and I was able to hear my inner voice. I know what my intentions and goals for the new year are. The word I'm using as an overarching theme for this year is consistency.
Some of my biggest challenges include being disciplined, organized and consistent. I show up, but sometimes at the last minute. I get things done, but usually after a lot of procrastination. This year, I want to train my mind and my body to be more stable, and my goals all tie into this topic. Here they are!
- Establish a routine/rituals for myself. This means trying to wake up at the same time every day. Brushing my teeth for two minutes. Not looking at my phone in the morning or right before bed. Whatever the individual line-items may be, I'm going to sit down in the next week or two and write out ten rituals that are going to help me create a personal daily routine, provide a sense of stability to my everyday, and keep me grounded.
- Every night, write down 2 objectives for the following day. The point of this is not to write a laundry list of to-dos but instead to think on a more macro level. I want to start making a mental habit of getting to my bigger tasks faster without procrastinating. You know the feeling right? You make a to-do list and 20 tasks are easy but 2 are hard. You avoid the 2 big ones to feel "accomplished" by tackling the 20. Not really productive. I am going to work on changing that.
- Stop procrastinating and literally JUST DO IT. I cannot tell you how often I read an e-mail and then mark it unread to respond to later, even though it may only take me 3 minutes to reply to. No more of this. I want to spend less time lingering on what I need to do, and more time doing it.
- Exercise two times a week. I know this may seem like nothing for you, but for me it's a big deal. It's not that I don't work out, but it's that I lack discipline. I'll exercise 4x a week for a month, then quit cold turkey for 3 months and fail to get back into it. I would like to take a small step this year to work out every single week, at least twice, without taking any huge gaps. The pauses make it impossibly hard to get back into the swing of working out, so no more!
- Find more quiet time for myself. I am always running around like a chicken without a head, trying to make time for every family member, friend, networking opportunity, coffee date, etc. In doing this, I get totally burnt out and feel like I need a week or two without any social plans to recoup. Again, stability. I want to balance my week better to always have some quiet time for myself, whether I'm simply cooking a delicious dinner (meditation for me) or hanging out on the couch watching a movie.
Do you struggle with any of the same challenges that I do? Do you have any recommendations for how you've brought more solidity into your daily life and routine? Please share in the comments below! Additionally, what are your goals for this new year? I would love to hear about what you're working on in 2018 :)
happy new year beauties! talk soon!