2021 is coming to an end.
It’s crazy to think 2019 was two years ago and here we are getting ready to step into 2022! Over the last few years of working from home, school, and the pandemic, I’ve realized my New Year’s resolutions were just ideas and hopes, but I never set realistic goals to make them achievable.
Now that doesn’t mean because it’s the start of a new year you have to have resolutions sometimes the resolution could be to not set a resolution. But if you like setting goals for yourself but need a little help on getting started, I got you!
Look at how far you’ve come.
Take a moment to look back on this last year and all the things you’ve accomplished. One thing I started a few years ago was creating a memory jar where I wrote down something good that happened at least once a month or more. The little jar stays on my dining room table as a reminder to write it down.
Ask yourself what you want to do in the new year.
Just make a shortlist of things you want to do in 2022. They don’t have to be extra detailed or even full sentences. It can be something as simple as travel or drinking water. This is where you just brain dump everything you’re considering so you can get it all out there. The past few years top of my list was to graduate, which I accomplished this year but in previous years that was a resolution I could not achieve because I did not have the credits I needed. Brain dumping allows you to see everything in one space and then X out things that aren’t achievable in this time or that can be combined to make one big goal.
Grab a Planner or journal to keep yourself accountable.
If you buy a planner every year you’re already one step ahead. Most planners have an area to put notes and goals etc. You can use each month to break down what you want to accomplish in that month to help you accomplish your resolution.
If you’re not a planner person a simple journal can do the trick. Blank pages with lines or dots that you can decorate and format any way you want to have those resolutions physically available to you. This can help you track how far you’ve come and plan your next move.
The whole purpose of brain dumping is to get everything out there, now that that’s done combine and narrow down those resolutions, so you have a clear idea of what you want the results to be. Saying I want to save money is vague and congrats by the end of the year you’ve saved $10 because you had no goal or plan in mind. So, when I say be specific, I mean just that. How much money do you want to save, where do you want to travel, what do you want to complete?
Resolutions DON’T have to be perfect
Remember these are things you want to work on or work towards. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it may take you longer than you thought or change completely.
All of that is OK!
Resolutions are like a rough draft. They aren’t meant to be stressful or restrictive. So enjoy the ride and adjust accordingly. 2022 is another year to accomplish everything you want don’t let a resolution deter you.