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With the end of the decade fast approaching, now is the perfect time to reflect on the year, what you've achieved and what you could improve upon to make the next year even better than the last! Every year it can be easy to revert back to the same New Year's resolutions that only end up lasting until the end of January if you're lucky! Instead of going for the same non-specific resolutions (ie. Stop drinking as much, get your finances in order or go to the gym more), check out our top tips to set achievable goals for the new year which will have you feeling much more accomplished by this time next year!
Set Aside Time To Reflect On The Year
The time between Christmas and the New Year is the perfect time to relax and reflect on the year. In this time, set aside some time to yourself to think about the best, worst and challenging moments you faced throughout the year. Doing this will help you to think about what you'd like to improve upon next year, and what steps you might need to take to achieve these. You might even like to buy yourself (or ask Santa for) a nice journal to keep these thoughts in to refer back to throughout the year ahead.
Get Serious About Your Goals
If you're serious about setting goals that you want to stick to, try writing out each one individually using the SMART framework, this being goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Timely. For example, if a goal you have is to get fitter, a SMART goal may be that you are able to run a 5km fun run within six months time.
Focus Your Goals On Each Element of Your Life
The purpose of resolutions is to improve your happiness or quality of life for the year ahead, and focusing on one element of your life alone won't do this! Instead, try to set even the smallest goal for each element of your life that you'd like to improve, ie. health, work, relationships, money, hobbies or overall happiness. By working on improving one aspect even in the smallest way, this will add up to big results in the long run!
Find Motivational Quotes, Pictures or Songs to Motivate You
Check out Pinterest to find some inspirational quotes or pictures to refer back to throughout the year if you find yourself falling off track, or not prioritising your goals. You might even like to create a playlist of your favourite motivational songs to give you that extra boost! If you have big goals for the year ahead, you might even like to take it one step further and manifest your goals with a vision board if you prefer things to be visual!
Think of Each Day as New Opportunity
While the New Year is a great kickstart to set goals for the year ahead, always remember that you don't have to wait for January 1or the next Monday to set new resolutions, every day is an opportunity for a fresh start. If you set a goal and aren't able to achieve it in the time frame you set for yourself, or accidentally fall of track, don't be afraid to refresh, reset and try again tomorrow.