The new year is a time to start fresh with new resolutions or goals for your life. I love the fresh slate of a new year and a time to really process the past year and set up my goal planning for the new year.
While I love diving right into setting high and lofty goals it is so important to pause and consider the past year. So in that spirit I have created some questions to ponder as you look back and help you with setting purposeful resolutions for the new year!
Set the Scene
Try to get away for some quiet time and space to consider the past and plan ahead. Grab a journal and my printable goal planner and questions! Sometimes I like to have my thoughts in a physical journal so I can look back on long term and a printed version to post in a conspicuous place to keep me accountable. Get cozy with a mug of hot tea or coffee, a pretty pen, and some soothing music.
Spend time reflecting on the past
These questions will definitely help, but it seems a little silly to jump to the future without considering the past. What worked for you last year? What went well? What distracted you? How do you want the next year to be different or the same? Take time to acknowledge accomplishments and struggles.
Dream about the future
Confession time: I’m not the best dreamer. I’m often too practical for my own good. But I’m working at dreaming again, thinking about what I really want in my life, no matter how far-fetched it may seem. Think wildly about the calling God has on your life, what dreams He has placed in your head, passions in your heart, and talents in your hands.
Write it down
This is pretty self explanatory. 😉 Be as specific and measurable as you can. Not “get healthy” but “run a 10K by Memorial Day” or “complete a whole 30 starting January 1” or “drink water instead of soda at lunch”.
Break it down
Now take your goal and add some action steps to it. What are the little things you are going to do to reach your goals. So for me a big goal this year is losing weight so my goal breaks down like this…
Lose 60 pounds by the end of 2018. (5 pounds a month)
- Workout 5 times a week
- Complete the 21 Day Fix program in January
- Begin Couch to 5K program in March (once the roads get clear-ish, because I don’t like running inside)
- Download app
- Buy new running shoes
And I would continue to add to this with bullet points for healthy eating and self care. I also try to break down each goal into monthly goals and even pieces that I can achieve every week. You may also want to add in tasks to do before starting your goal (like the buying new running shoes).
Who doesn’t like a gold star for finishing a goal? I like to build small rewards into big goals like a mani-pedi for losing 10 pounds or paying off a certain amount of debt or staying sugar-free for a month. Here are 155 great ideas for rewarding yourself! You can also challenge someone and have a consequence for the loser…like the first one to drink pop has to donate $100 to the other person’s charity of choice or fold the laundry for a month. Just remember in this to have FUN and enjoy the journey! This will also help determine what types of things motivate you and you can incorporate them into other goals and challenges.
Tweak as you go
It’s awesome to have a plan, but sometimes the plan changes. Last year I spent a day around my 30th birthday writing down my goals and plans for the year in a quiet coffee shop. It was wonderful and so “me” to have the time and space to plan and dream. And then…dun,dun,dun…I found out I was pregnant! That wasn’t in my plan at all! And yes, it totally shifted my year and my goals and everything. In February you may change jobs or move or be presented with a health challenge or any number of things that will mean you need to adapt your goals. Don’t sweat it, just adjust (a little bit or a lot bit) and move on.
It is definitely worth it to take the time to set thoughtful and achievable goals AND the steps to reach them! Feel free to use these worksheets to help your goal planning for the new year be more intentional and focused!