Happy New Year Friends, and welcome to 2019! God, I can’t believe that we are already having to change out our calendars and start writing a new date! I feel like I’m just now starting to get used to writing 2018 on things…now I’ve got to change it…again! Ugh!
So, what are we going to do at the start of this new year? Well, what we do every year, Brain! TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!
Cough, cough, cough!! Sorry, wrong place! We’re not talking about world domination…yet! 😉 We are talking about RESOLUTIONS.
Let’s talk about resolutions!
Now I don’t know about you but I’ve never been one for the whole resolution thing. Let alone that whole “new year,new me” crap. To me it’s all just a big show that everyone does each year to make it look like they are doing something. But normally once February rolls around, whatever resolutions you made January 1st are forgotten. Replaced by dreams of comfy sweat pants, junk food, and chocolate!
We can’t deny ourselves all of that… wonderful… delicious… Valentine’s Day chocolate!
And even though we may have meant well with our resolutions this year, and we promised ourselves that “this year we really mean it” normally those resolutions are just not practical. And come on… what does “new year, new me” even really mean anyways?
So what do I do if I don’t do resolutions?
Since I’m here bitching about resolutions, you may be asking yourself what I do instead. And that’s a very good question! As I said, I don’t do resolutions, instead I like to set goals for myself to accomplish throughout the year. Small attainable goals, that I can mark off as I’ve reached each one… inevitably leading me closer to my end goals.
What’s the difference between a goal and a resolution?
In a lot of ways they are pretty similar but the key difference is that I’m not setting things to get done all at once. Most people, when they declare their resolutions for the year, say things like “I’m going to get more sleep every night” or “I’m going to lose 30 pounds” or “I’m going to go to the gym 4 times a week”. or they say really vague things like “I’m going to get healthy”. These are really lofty goals to meet and when you start out this hard, and push yourself this much right out of the gate, you get burned out… FAST! Hence the reason why most resolutions don’t get past happy love making day, aka Valentine’s Day.
So I set goals. These goals I can actually watch and monitor and I have a date to accomplish each goal by. Think project management at the office. When you have a big project, say you want to sell 30,000 units of a lamp, you don’t just say “Hey we’re selling 30,000 lamps and do it. no, you break that big project up into smaller projects that you work on, that will eventually reach you selling 30,000 lamps. It makes it all a little easier to manage and not so easy to burn out.
How do I set my goals for the year?
So let’s break this apart. I’m going to look at most peoples resolution… Weight loss. A lot of people will just simply say “I want to lose weight this year”. Instead of saying this, what I like to do is define my ultimate “ideal” weight. So say I want to weigh 135 pounds and I’m currently 200 pounds
Step 1… is to identify exactly how much weight that is to lose (for anyone not wanting to math today…that’s 65 pounds to lose) and I will write that down someplace I will see often.
Step 2… break that big goal up into smaller more attainable goals. It’s said that healthy weight loss that you’ll actually be able to maintain, is around 2 pounds a week. so now it’s up to you… do you want to set 2 pound a week goals or 5 pound goals. Personally, I like to set 5 pound goals.
step 3…set your goal tracker. I personally like write things down so I have a physical copy but you may be different and like digital. Do what works for you!I like to break mine into a 5 pound goal that I can mark off.
This is what my 2019 weight loss tracker currently looks like. I’ve followed all of the steps I listed above and laid out a simple to follow tracker. I love setting things up like this. another one of my favorite ways of setting my goals is to list them out and create a page dedicated to actionable steps, as illustrated below. This allows you to lay out the individual steps you need to take to accomplish your goals.
I know setting up the goals has really helped me a lot throughout the last couple of years. I’ve got something to continuously work towards and a way of really tracking my progress. Do you do goals or resolutions? Let me know in the comment section below. And don’t forget to tag me @goldfishandgin on twitter and Instagram with some of your 2019 goals!