If you’re about to get ready for the new year, I’m so excited that you’re here to join me for today’s post of tips on how to successfully slay your goals this year and get sh*t done!
The new year is a totally fresh start to the year. Maybe you failed to do something important on your to-do list last year or you started to form a bad habit that you want to stop.
It’s okay! Come January 1st, you get to figuratively wash away all of the stuff that wasn’t so great that happened during the previous year and start anew.
Of course, if you accomplished a bunch of things and you were super proud of them, definitely don’t forget about your accomplishments and use them to help build yourself up and keep the momentum going!
So are you ready for my tips on how to slay your goals this year? If you’re not sure of how to get started, read on my friend.
Reflect on the past year
The very first thing I like to do is to reflect on everything that happened during the year. I’ll write down everything that I accomplished and compare them to the goals that I set up at the beginning of the year.
Then I ask myself a few questions such as:
- Did I get to where I wanted to be?
- Why was I successful in some areas and not successful in others?
- How can I improve myself this year to achieve even more of my goals?
- What went wrong this year and why?
- How can I change the things that went wrong so that I don’t repeat the same mistakes again?
If you find that after your reflection that you were pretty far off from meeting your goals, don’t beat yourself up over it! It’s a new year so don’t dwell on the past. The past is the past and you can’t change anything about it. What you do have control over are your actions today which will shape your future.
Take what you learned from not accomplishing your goals to help yourself become more motivated so you can become a better version of yourself compared to last year.
Maybe you learned from reflecting that you’re just not able to put in the work as much time on a certain project due to your current time constraints. Finding out what worked and what didn’t work for you is all part of the reflection and growing process and it’ll lead to making better decisions going forward.
What do you want to achieve this year?
Next, let’s list all of the goals you want to achieve this year. Be realistic though! Make sure you take what you learned and apply it to help you set attainable and realistic goals.
Why do you have to be realistic?
Well, if you aim too high, you’ll set yourself up for failure. If at the end of the year, you see that you haven’t gotten anywhere close to what you had wanted to accomplish, it might even demotivate you to set any sort of goal the next year because you’ll think those goals are unattainable anyways so why bother.
Noo… You definitely want to avoid that mentality!
On the other hand, if you also aim too low, you won’t be challenging yourself enough which you need to propel yourself forward and accomplish your goals.
And so, the moral of the story is to take baby steps and make sure your goals are realistically achievable by the end of the year.
You should always have a general picture of the next 5 years to 10 years down the road so you have an idea of what you’re striving to achieve. And having this general plan can help you set shorter-term goals that are more attainable because you’ll get a better sense of what’s realistic and what isn’t.
Pro Tip: You might also want to try to add one or two small things to your list of goals to achieve that are out of your comfort zone this year to really grow as a person. They do say that only when you get out of your comfort zone and face adversity, do you really grow!
How will you get there?
Next, let’s talk about how you’ll successfully get to where you want to be.
Once you have your shorter-term goals set up, break them up into even smaller actionable steps.
Think small at the beginning because it’s a lot easier to get a bunch of smaller tasks done without feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Consistently completing these smaller tasks on a daily or weekly basis will give you the confidence that you’ll get to where you need to be.
So how will you consistently complete these tasks to get to your goal?
You absolutely need an action plan.
For my own action plan, I generally set myself a weekly schedule that consists of all the smaller tasks I need to accomplish to work towards my goal, projects with upcoming deadlines, errands I need to run, time to work out, and any upcoming social events.
Using my organization and prioritizing skills, I slot everything in properly with generous breaks in between just in case something comes up and I need to slot some time in. I also make sure to have time off as well as it’s important to recharge and take care of myself.
I then work really hard to stick to my schedule. It can be hard to really follow it religiously but it’s so important that you do if you want to slay your goals! Without following a schedule, it’s easy to be careless with your time and waste a lot of precious time doing useless things (*ahem*.. social media, I’m talking about you!) that don’t help you get any closer to your end goal.
If you know you have a hard time following schedules, you’ll need to work on it. Here are some key traits that you should strive to improve:
You absolutely need the willpower and determination to follow your schedule.
Even when your body and mind is telling you that you want to quit because you’re tired, you don’t think you can do it, or you’re feeling lazy, learn to be a self-starter and find the motivation and drive within yourself to complete the little tasks that’ll get you closer towards your goal.
For example, if you’re trying to lose weight but you don’t have time during the day to work out due to a packed schedule, you might have to push yourself to wake up at 5 am in the morning to schedule your workouts in. Even when your bed feels like heaven, get your butt up and go to the gym!
You also must absolutely have the consistency to stick to your schedule.
Any successful person knows that success only comes through hard work, long hours, and being absolutely consistent in whatever they are trying to accomplish. So chip in the work little by little every day, respect the grind, and success will follow!
This is true whether you’re trying to get in shape, finishing a university course, or even starting your own business.
Even if you set up a schedule and block out time to get work done, if you’re not productive and focused, that’s not going to help you get things done.
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Keep a log of your accomplishments
Writing in a log book on a daily basis of your accomplishments is a great way to keep track of what you’ve done throughout the year. It’s also great to have your ideas already written down in one place so that at the end of the year, you can reflect on the past year easily.
It’s up to you on exactly what you want to jot down in your notebook. Whether they’re little tasks you’d finally completed after weeks of procrastination or really significant accomplishments that you’re super proud of, these are all things you want to include in your little private book.
You can even write down how you felt at the time, the steps you completed to get there, and any other bits of information that you want to keep track of to help improve yourself going forward.
Use A Planner
I highly recommend using a planner or notebook such as the Moleskine planner. This notebook is with me wherever I go so I can jot down any notes, feelings, or ideas that suddenly come to my head on the spot.
I love how it looks so professional and classy and it’s an absolute dream to write in because the pages are absolutely buttery smooth.
The leather outer is also so durable and soft and they have a variety of sizes you can choose from so there’s one for everyone and every occasion! Just pop the pocket-sized notebook into your purse if you’re always on the go or get the extra large size to leave on your desk.
If you’re not into Moleskine, I wrote a post recommending 9 kick-ass planners that can help you get organized and stay on track. Go check that out if you’re looking for the right tool this year to make life easier and help you get closer to actualizing your dreams and living your best life.
Review Your Notes
Once in a while, you can go back to review these notes during the year. Sometimes it’s nice to see your success and how far you’ve come. It can also be a little addicting to see how much closer you are to your goals each month!
Reviewing your successes is also great for days when you experience self-doubt and lack of confidence in your abilities (and don’t worry, we all get these feelings sometimes – we’re human!). Whether you’re down, unmotivated, or feel like you’re stuck in a rut, it’s important to have these notes jotted down somewhere so you can look back on them.
Having notes is such a great way to remind ourselves that we can do it. It reminds us that we were successful in the past, that we can replicate our successes again, and that we have the ability to follow our dreams regardless of what our mind tells us!
Re-visit your goals at checkpoints
As the year progresses, you should revisit your goals at various checkpoints and see how far you’ve come since the beginning of the year. You can choose how frequently you want to check-in.
Generally, I like to check in every 2 months or so as that’s enough time to see some sort of progress but it’s up to you really.
Make notes based on your findings and be open to revising your old plan with new steps. If you find a better method to get there, there’s nothing wrong with changing things up if they’re not working for you or you find a more efficient route.
Once you get the year going, be aware that you might find a lot of the motivation you felt at the start year quickly disappearing by the end of January or the early February.
This brings me to a whole other separate topic that is so important: how you can stay motivated to reach your goals. If you feel that you’re losing motivation and can’t seem to get to where you want to be, you might want to head on over to my post on how to stay motivated to reach your goals.
Let’s all make this new year the best year ever! Good luck!
Don’t forget to check out my other posts on goal setting and being more productive with your day:
- 25 New Year’s Goal Ideas For 2019 + Why Should You Set Goals This Year
- How To Stay Motivated To Reach Your Goals
- 9 Kick-Ass Planners You Need To Get Organized
- 8 Things You Need To Do Before 9 AM For A More Productive Day
- 6 Ways To Start The Week Off Right Every Sunday
- How To Be More Productive When You Work From Home
- How To Stay Healthy And Sane When You Work At A Desk Job
How are you going to slay your goals this new year? Feel free to share in the comments below!