I like making goals. Not just at the New Year, but all the the time. I make goals monthly, weekly, and sometimes daily about what I want to accomplish. All goals should be SMART – I learned this in my Social Media Marketing class. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.
Train at the Gym: Let’s just get this one out of the way. I don’t just want to go to the gym, putz around on the treadmill and go home. I want to train to be more fit, toned, athletic, and healthy. This will include eating healthier as well. That’s such a huge part of the process that, in the past, I haven’t considered to be very important. I plan on doing this by going to the gym 4-5 times per week with planned workouts. I have spoken with a trainer, and we’ve got measurements to compare every 6 weeks to see how I am doing with the workouts that I have.
Find a Challenging Job: I just graduated from college, and I am in the process of looking for a “big girl” job. Yes, I attended school for Marketing for 4.5 years, but there is still so much to learn. I want to find a job that I am capable of doing, but one that also challenges me to learn new things every day. Hopefully I get a job and am working before my birthday in February. That would be the absolute latest, but I think that I can do it.
Be Brave: This kind of goes with the first two, but also along with everything in my life. I want to be brave in the choices that I make whether it’s the decision to relocate for a job, sticking to a challenging workout program, or standing up for myself in a conversation. I’m not sure how to actually “measure” this, but I just need to be sure to just be brave in everything that I do.
Be Financially Responsible: I am pretty bad at saving money. Partly because I have little to no income, but also because I really enjoy caramel macchiatos from Starbucks. I need to buy myself a car soon (my sister and I are currently sharing one from school), and my student loans are coming up quick as well. I need to learn to be responsible with my money this year, otherwise I won’t be able to afford to live! I have looked at different budget plan, and there is one in particular that I like, and have started using to keep track of my expenses. Each month I am going to evaluate where I have spent too much money, and if I have room to save more. I have played around with budgets in college, and they helped a lot when money was really tight. So, I’m excited to see what I can accomplish as far as saving goes.
Something that helps keep me organized and on top of goals is writing them down and putting them somewhere I know I’ll see them often. This could be in your phone, on a board in your room, or on a post-it note on the refrigerator. Anywhere that works for you, really. As I said before, I make goals all the time about all sorts of things. So these are not the only things that I will be focusing on this year. I hope that you have many goals throughout the year and that you succeed in reaching them.
Happy New Year!