This is definitely the most asked question, this time of the year – “What are your New Year Resolutions?”. And, after years of making and breaking them, I finally have an answer this year. Don’t make resolutions. Resolutions by their very definition mention that you may or may not achieve what you’re planning. Which defeats the purpose, to be honest. So, make goals instead and work hard to achieve them. That’s what we’re doing.
To help with our target setting process, we made 4 simple printable lists thats you can download here.
These are simple designs for A4 sized sheets. That can be printed out, placed on a board and kept in your room. I like to keep mine in my workspace so it serves as a reminder of what I’m working towards.
There are 4 designs, for a variety of goals that you can set. There’s a simple generic list (this is the one I use), that allows you to list out your goals for the year. And, it could be related to anything. The goals I’ve listed so far are,
- Learn a new language.
- Create a crafts line for children.
- Spread #girllove through the year by complimenting & supporting women (check out this video by the incomparable Lilly Singh, for more on this)
- Visit Japan and learn about Japanese culture & artwork.
- Have a better work-life balance.
The second design is more specific, because it allows you 3 categories of goals. Personal, work and others. Many times, it’s easy to get so focused on one aspect of your life, that you ignore or forget about the others. So, you can eliminate the problem altogether by settings goals under each category.
About the third and fourth designs, these are like timelines for the entire year. The first one mentions the 12 months of the year, so you can set goals per month. This works for short term goals really well and gives a sense of achievement when you accomplish your goal, every month.
On the other hand, you can set rough timelines for your goals with the last list. The way it works is, you list out your goals and then write down estimated timelines for when you want to achieve them by. It’s like the middle ground between having a completely flexible or completely rigid plan.
We really suggest trying goals, instead of New Year Resolutions, this year. I can tell you without any doubts, that it works. Because, it’s worked for me! Last year, I came across the idea on youtube, and it got stuck in my head. This wasn’t even in January. It was sometime in June. Nevertheless, I set goals for the rest of the year and started working towards them. And, ever since then my actions were guided by them. If not every day, then on most days.
Let me know, your New Year Goals and if you find the lists useful 🙂 I’d really like to hear your thoughts.