New Year, Same Me

New year, same me??? Whaaat?

Yes, It’s true. Not much will change. This is reality….

I am trying to be more of a realist and realize that every year I put these far-fetched goals and dreams to start off the new year with. But in reality, they are too large and too challenging to crush all in one year.

I was once told by a wise woman (my mama), that you are who you are and you can’t change those parts about you that make up YOU. Understanding and finally accepting that, there’s always ways to advance yourself, better yourself, and strive for more. THOSE are the goals you should try to conquer. Setting yourself up to fail is most likely why people keep repeating those yearly goals… making these intentions more accessible and straightforward will give you better outcomes!

Also, setting short-term goals vs. long-term goals may work better for you and your lifestyle. This is more tangible and less stress on yourself to accomplish. Smaller can equal to quicker results, vs. larger and longer results. For instance, you want to lose 15 pounds this year… some say, easy peasy, while others might need to break it down smaller and set a goal such as each month you want to try loosing 1-2 lbs per week/month. This creates a more reasonable goal for yourself, with less stress and worry. More achievable than looking at the bigger picture, at least in my opinion!

Overall, whatever you do decide, or not decide to do in 2018, they are your ambitions, nobody else’s, so do (or not do) it all for you!

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What I find most helpful for me might not be what works for you, but the beauty of sharing one’s opinion is that it gives others suggestions on things to try. Might bring upon another great idea!

I’ve conducted my list of 2018 goals for myself and thought I’d share with y’all! These are things that I’ve been thinking about doing, or trying out, in hopes of spending my time more wisely and really doing the things that make me happy!

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  1. Read 1 book per month
  2. Work out 3 times a week
  3. Post on the blog 1 a week
  4. Try Whole30 Diet for 1 month
  5. Volunteer at animal shelter 1 a month
  6. Donate to good will every 6 months
  7. Make a budget chart each month
  8. Join a class (dance/photography)
  9. Complete a Coursera course
  10. Plan a trip

Looking at my list of 10 things, the difference for most on this list is that I’ve made them objectives vs. just goals. The difference between the two is that a goal is a description of a destination, and an objective is a measure of the progress that is needed to get to the destination. My objectives (1-7) are the short-term outcomes and my goals (8-10) are the long-term outcomes that I want to achieve. I find that objectives help me more with managing my overall goals. They are all goals but the more long-term are not as high on the list in that those are ongoing things that I can always try to do/work on. The first seven are things that I want to try to manage in a specific time slot.

I carry around a notebook that fits right inside my handbag and I write in it all day long. Whether its ideas, to-do lists, goals, and/or whatever else I think of during my day, it keeps me organized, detail oriented, and secure with everything going on inside my head. Making things more real once I write them down, I can never forget anything!

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What works for you? Do you have a technique to help you stay organized? I am a list writer, which helps me when wanting to prioritize what I want/need to get done. Everyone has their way of doing things, but the ultimate goal here (no pun intended) is to set those objectives and goals for yourself and be more of a realist when setting them. I would love to hear some of your 2018 goals! Leave a comment down below to share 🙂

Until next time ❤ Amanda Rae

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