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It’s that time of year again when we start to think about new year resolutions. Goals give you purpose whether they are new year resolutions or some other type of goal. If you don’t have goals you don’t really have a purpose, do you?

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There are a few things that you need to consider when setting new year resolutions.

  1. Your goals are your own and shouldn’t be done for someone else. You will find it hard to stay motivated trying to meet someone else’s goals.
  2. They must motivate you and be important to you. So you need to know why you want to reach your goal and why is it important in your life.
  3. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life, for best success. If your resolutions aren’t going to be part of your high priorities, you’re going to find yourself putting the new years resolutions off to achieve something else.
  4. Keep a positive attitude even when you slip. Get right back up and go again.
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SMART goal setting unpacked

As I said before new year resolutions or any goal needs to be your own idea, they must motivate you and they should relate to high priorities in your life.

There are many types of goal setting theory but I am going to stick to S.M.A.R.T goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. So lets go through these things.

  • Specific
    Who needs to be involved?
    What are you trying to attain, and be detailed about it?
    When do you want to achieve it by?
    Which? – Determine any obstacles or requirements
    Why do you want to reach this goal?
  • Measurable – You have to be able to measure how you are going with your goal. Not only should you have an end goal but you should have milestones along the way that you meet so you can see your progress.
  • Attainable – This focuses on how important a goal is to you and what you can do to make it attainable and may require developing new skills and changing attitudes. The goal is meant to inspire motivation, not discouragement.
  • Relevant – Does it fit with other things you have going on in your life at the current time?
  • Time-bound – Set a deadline and milestones along the way to work to. Without these things you run the risk of dismissing your goals for what you consider more important. This also relates back to relevant, is it less important or relevant in your life?
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Starting to Plan

Now that we have got an understanding of SMART goals lets start planning some new year resolutions in our bullet journals. Turn to the next blank page in your bullet journal and start a brain dump so you can think on paper.

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  • Firstly we need to start by reflecting on our past new year resolutions. What worked and what didn’t? How can you change your process or plan now?
  • Then you need to make sure your chosen goals are something you can maintain once you’ve reached them. This is something that gets overlooked a lot. Can you and do you want to maintain that goal? How are you going to maintain it? There is no one answer to that but it should be thought about in your planning stage.
  • What difficulties may stop you from reaching your goal? If you plan for these difficulties you can overcome them when they come up.
  • Then simply start by writing your goals in using ‘I will’ ie. I will lose 20 kilos by November. That goal is specific, measurable, attainable (with hard work), realistic (maybe) and timebound.
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With each goal, to make it more attainable and motivating you should plan out how you are going to reach your goal by adding in mini-goals or check points with rewards of some sort to keep you motivated and you can see your progress. Breaking your goal into smaller goals makes it less daunting to complete.

Now that you have your goals and plans to keep them create a collection with these things, you can then refer back to them regularly. It’s important to make space in your monthly and weekly spreads to reflect on how you are going with your goals. It is also vital to make time in your day to work on your goals or you can’t realistically expect to meet them. Schedule them into your daily routine. Another great tool to use to keep you motivated is a habit tracker to track your progress. I find that crossing off a habit tracker square makes me accountable and more motivated.

It’s up to you whether you choose to close out your 2019 bullet journal with your new year resolutions or kick off your 2020 journal with them. Either way, I think this is a valuable exercise to do.

In your Bullet Journal

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