― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It’s that time of year again. Time for a brand new year and a brand new you right? But let’s be honest. Most people who make New Year’s resolutions hardly ever keep them long term. Why? Because we often have a quick fix mentality and it's easy to get discouraged and give up when big resolutions don't payoff in the short-term.
I used to make all of the typical resolutions and try to do them all at once. But I realized I was putting so much pressure on myself to do “all the things,” every single day starting January 1. And I would do those things pretty well…..until February or so.
Instead of setting unrealistic expectations for myself and being disappointed when everything doesn’t quickly fall into place, I’ve started sitting down with my planner and putting some serious thought into what I want my year as a whole to look like. The things I’d like to accomplish personally, financially, in my home, and in my profession. Then I write those things down. I realize I’m not going to achieve all my goals in the month of January and I don’t even try to anymore. But by setting a few goals that can be gradually built upon, they become much more manageable and it’s easier to gauge my progress.
After setting goals for the year, I make a note in my planner to sort of “check in” with myself every few months. I jot down what I’m doing well and celebrate the goals I’ve achieved. But I also make a note of what I’m not doing so well and the changes I need to make. Most importantly, I think about what I need to say no to in the next few months in order to accomplish my goals. I’ve found that by taking the time to evaluate my progress throughout the year, I’m much more likely to stay on track.
Planning out what you want your year to look like takes some time and dedication but it’s worth it. When we get things down on paper, track our progress, and tweak things throughout the year, we can create a plan that works and a life that we love.
So cheers to an amazing 2019 friends! And remember, if you’re looking to improve your health, relationships, or finances Extension can help you achieve your goals. Check out some of the programs that we offer throughout the year: Life Skills and Wellness Resources.
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