2014 is right around the corner and many people are already making plans to either lose weight, be a better person, or earn A’s. But how many actually follow along with their new year’s resolution? Not many. Hopefully these tips will help you organize and keep your goals throughout the years.
1) I WILL…!
Make a list of your goals and start off every sentence with “I will” instead of “I hope” or “I’ll try to”. Writing your goals as statements tells your mind that you’re set on accomplishing this task rather than telling it that you’ll try.
2) Be specific
Make sure you are being clear on what you plan to accomplish such as “Lose 20 pounds by the end of the year” instead of “Lose weight”
3) Small steps
After writing down your specific goals make mini-goals. What steps will you need to take to accomplish your goal? What do you need to do NOW? How about this week, month…?
4) Set a time
Set aside a specific hour or time of day in which you can work on completing your goal/s. Dedicate this time of day specifically to you goal and ONLY your goal.
5) Terminate Distractions
Make a list of obstacles and distraction that might appear and how you are going to handle them. For example, If your plan to study an hour each day you might want to download an app on your phone, such as Self Control to keep you from social media sites and the usual.
Invest in a planner that you KNOW you will use. Also make sure that it is attractive to your eye so that you’ll be tempted to use it often.
Create ANYTHING that will help you motivate you to reach your goal.
· Flash Cards: Not to study but to write inspiring quotes. Write as many as you can and put them in a jar or box. Every morning, as you wake up, read one.
· Motivational Board- You can use a bulletin board or a poster. Gather pictures and articles that remind you of the positive effects of reaching goal.
· Monthly Calendar- Buy stickers and designate them to a certain mini-goal. Example- Blue for studying 1 hour, Green for exercising for an hour, Yellow for practicing soccer that day. When you complete a mini-goal place a sticker for that day. At the end of the day you can see what you have accomplished and what you need to work on.
· Money- Place money every time you complete a task. Keep the money in a jar and decide how often to open it (decide BEFORE placing money inside). You can place $1 for every hour you study and open it every month.