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Goal setting 101

 

New year’s resolutions are a bit of a joke. Barely anyone follows through with them, and often they can be too lofty (insisting you’re going to read 100 books in the year) or they can’t be measured (i.e. saying you’re going to be a happier person in 2018 — what does that even mean?!). The idea behind resolutions, though, is good. Goal setting is something we should all be doing, because setting goals and planning steps to achieve those goals can make a significant impact on your future. That’s why we came up with some tips to help you set your goals for 2018 and beyond.

Make your goal specific and measurable

Don’t say: “I’m going to be a happier person in 2018”

Instead say: “I’m going to write down one thing that makes me happy every day”

Don’t say: “I’m going to spend less time on my phone this year”

Instead say: “I’m going to disconnect from tech for 20 minutes each day”

Write your goals down

Research shows that when you write something down, you’re more likely to follow through.

Have a plan

After you set your goal, write down some steps that you’re going to take to get there. If you’re goal is to write down one thing that makes you happy every day, one of your steps could be setting a reminder on your phone, or blocking out the same time every day to write down your happiness thought.

Reward yourself

Include a timeline and rewards if you follow through. For example, if follow through on your goal for two months, you get an extra special treat at Starbucks.

Try it with a friend

Find a friend that is willing to set their own goals, then hold each other accountable. You could even plan your rewards together, so that you both get to have a good time when you succeed!

Give yourself some grace

You’re going to mess up, and that’s okay. Even when you fail, don’t give up, just keep pressing forward. Growth is hard, and no one succeeds on the first try! Sometimes, you do your best learning from failure.

Look at the big picture

Your short term goals (the goals you set for 2018) should feed into your long term goals. Why do you want to spend less time on your phone? Is it so that you can improve your connection with people around you? Do you want to have better interpersonal skills so that you can excel in your chosen career? How will what you’re doing today affect your future? Write that down too!


WRITTEN BY RespectTeam