Setting Your New Year’s Resolutions (+ a peak at mine!)

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If you read my post last week, you already know how much I enjoy New Years, maybe just because of the resolutions. I spend a ridiculous amount of time planning mine, and wanted to share what goes into planning SMART and attainable resolutions!

Setting and Achieving Your New Year's Resolutions with SMART Goals

We’ve all heard of SMART goals:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Relevant
T = Time-Bound

I also think our New Year’s resolutions should incorporate SMART goals, but where do we start? Ask yourself these questions:

  1. What do you want to improve this next year? What could make your life even better?
  2. Is there anything you’ve wanted to do, but haven’t had the time (or courage) to start?
  3. What are your priorities? What can you do less of to do more of what you want?
  4. Are there any habits that would improve the overall quality of your life that you should implement?

My favorite exercise to do each year looks something like: A year from now, what would my ideal life look like? (Besides winning the lottery… that dream will always be there haha), what else could I do to improve where I’m at? Making more money? Cleaner house? Get in shape?

I’m lucky that I love my job, but I do want to increase my income, which cannot be done in my current job. I also do want to get in shape. And keep my house cleaner -> a clean house makes me more productive, I’m sure of it!

Get down to the micro level. What do you want your home or life to feel like? Creating more memories with my family is important, so planning another vacation, finding fun activities, and then creating the income to sustain it. These are the things driving me this year. But then how do we implement it?

So when I think through my own goals and changes…

I want to make this blog a much bigger part of my life. My goal is that by the end of 2018, this blog will be making $1,500/month. (Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound). In order to accomplish this, I’m going to have to:

Improve my fitness and run another 5K or 10K. Dedicate my time to 3-4 workouts per week. I’ve always been into health and fitness, but it has been a lot harder to schedule it since B has been here (hello early mornings!) It’s not realistic for me to workout 5-6x/week, but I can get 3-4 in pretty easily IF I prioritize my schedule. I’m excited to share what some of this looks like with you all! So, I’m going to:

Dedicate time to friends and friendships. This past year I’ve felt a little lost with prioritizing friendships. I would love to say “we’re just all so busy…” But that is a terrible excuse! If you don’t prioritize it, you can’t see any improvements! My goals here are:

  • Host a monthly girls-night either at our house or in town
  • Invite friends over for dinner or out 1-2 times each month
  • Be more open to making friends

Lastly, finish my Certificate in Teaching Technical Writing. I can’t believe that I’m actually going to be a student again, but I’m officially enrolled to start classes in January. I just have three classes (maybe possibly two…) before I finish. So that’s that…

Now what? How do we get from our SMART resolutions to something we can work on everyday? For me, my planner is the biggest part of this! Here’s how I’ve outlined the next few months:

  1. I’ve scheduled at least two blog post per week for the next 10 weeks. This doesn’t get me to my goal of blogging 3x/week but that is intentional. I want one day a week where I can write what is relevant to that week.
  2. I’ve written out my workouts for the next 10 weeks. If I see it in my planner, I’m a whole lot more apt to do it!
  3. I’ve scheduled my first girls night this month!
  4. Updated my daily habit tracker. This is where I’m adding in social media daily, working out, etc. It just takes a few times for these to become habit!

So tell me, what are your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you get as excited about resolutions as I do? 

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