Ahh the good old New Year’s Resolutions… every year we swear to stick by them, but 2 weeks in finding that it is “impossible”. Well, this year is the YEAR. And we are not just saying that because we say that every year. To make creating realistic resolutions easier, here is a step by step guide to doing so.
Tip: Don’t make resolutions that are impossible, make ones that are within your reach (even if you have to go on your tippy toes) and add more resolutions as the year goes on and you complete them.
Step 1: Start with self-reflection
Think about things throughout the past year and don’t hold back. This is personal so you have to be honest with yourself. What went well last year? What didn’t go well? What is something you wish you had done? What is something you never want to do again? Self-reflection is the most important step because without it, you can’t make goals or think of things you’d want to achieve. You can make mental notes, or you can write it down, whichever is best for you.
Step 2: Figure out what you want to change
Once your self-reflecting is done, decide what kind of changes you’d like to make this new year. If you wish you had worked out more last year, think about how many days a week you’d want to work out. If you wanted to read more, figure out what number of books you think is doable within your lifestyle.
Step 3: Set goals that are actionable and attainable.
Going off of the 2nd step, numbers always help when setting goals and resolutions. Instead of saying “I want to work out more”, say “I want to workout at least 2-3 times a week”. By making this more specific, you make this goal more attainable and easier to track.
Step 4: Write down your goals
You’ll need a place to write down what you want to accomplish. Whether that is Notion, notes app, spreadsheets, etc, write it down. That way, you can easily look back at it and adjust as needed.
Step 5: Keep track of your goals
Using the system that works for you, keep track of your goals. Not only will it make things easier to know how far you’ve progressed, but you can motivate yourself even more. Nothing is more satisfying than checking off an item on a list.
Step 6: Focus on little things rather than bigger
Making little changes are not only easier to attain, but they are also more flexible so you can change them when you need to. Most people can’t make drastic changes in just a year, it often takes dedication and little steps in the beginning. It is okay to aim big and high, however sometimes that doesn’t work out in the end.
Step 7: It’s okay not to complete your resolutions
Resolutions are about YOU and you only. If you don’t complete a resolution or if you stop a day into the new year or a month, the world isn’t going to end. These are personal to you and your desires. Hold yourself accountable if there is something you really want to change, but don’t be mad if you have to or want to drop it.
Step 8: New Years Resolutions aren’t just for starting in January
It is never too late to start or make new years resolutions, no matter where you are in the year. Some believe that once you make one in the beginning of January, that’s it. However, there are no rules. You can make them whenever you want, you can start them or end them whenever you want.
And that’s a wrap!! Happy New Year’s everyone! We can’t believe it’s already 2023. We are looking forward to a new year, new goals, and more growth. Please visit @simplycreative.co on Instagram if you are interested in getting involved with our community! Also give it a follow to stay up to date with announcements, opportunities, and fun features!
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