Beginning of a new year brings some heavy rose-colored sunglasses with. If you still haven’t taken those off, this isn’t the article for you.
However, if you’re done with the “New Year, New Me” plan, continue reading.
If resolutions were never really your thing, but you wanted to give 2019 your best effort, you might find something useful here as well.
Whichever category you’re apart of, chances are the motivation that drove you until now is dead and gone. So, you’re left feeling just a bit adrift.
No worries, here’s some foolproof ways you can continue working on improving yourself, resolutions be damned.
Set Small, Measurable Goals
SMART goals are your new best friend. They are: specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based.
Basically, every milestone you set for yourself should be all of the above. The beauty of SMART goals is that you can go as big as you want, and then break them down to smaller pieces, so that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
For example, one of my goals is to read 105 new titles in 2019. That in itself is a big goal, but broken down it comes down to 2 books a week.
While this seems like unrealistic to some people, I spend most of my time reading and writing, so it’s very much based in my reality.
Make all your goals SMART and be amazed at how well that works!
Things tend to be easier when done in groups. It has to do with our physcology and the need to be held accountable for what we do. If you don’t think your motivation is quite strong enough to continue on your own, find a buddy!
Theoretically, finding a friend that would keep you accountable by checking in on your progress should work as well. The main reason I’m not recommending that is because it never really worked for me.
If I set a goal and started on my own, it’s never enough for someone to check in with me. The only way I would really feel accountable is if that someone is actively involved in the activity.
For instance, I wanted to start excercising a bit more this year and set out a goal to do daily yoga. Since I’m supposed to do it alone, I’m lucky if I manage to do it a few times a week.
Instead, I signed up for dance instead and now I have practice twice a week. I’ve invested some money and all the people in the group hold me accountable for showing up.
It’s guaranteed to work.
Rip Up Your To-Do List
I’ll keep this one short, because I’ve already written an in-depth article on why to-do lists are killing your progress: they don’t work & you should move away from using them.
Focus on the why behind doing things. If you must, set a few reminders on what needs to be done.
When you’re struggling with motivation, the last thing you need is a list of things that highlight all that you’ve failed to do.
Or, even worse, a list of false achievements that will halt any progress you’ve made by lying to you.
Trust me, get rid of your list today.
Learn to remember that self-improvement is a continuous process. If you never stop learning, you’ll never stop growing.
Reach higher, no matter how long it takes to achieve something. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
Look into the future with a smile & a building block in your hands.
Stay positive and be happy about the smallest accomplishments.
Remember to occasionally treat yourself!
Let me know how you’re doing on your resolutions in the comments or simply what your goals are. I’ll spot you if you need me to 😉
You’ve got this!