It was during an #AdweekChat today that I realized something about New Year Resolutions: they’re not relevant. Okay, so resolving to “be a better person,” “spend less,” or “lose weight,” etc. are not bad things, but I feel like resolutions are more attainable when they’re tied to a concrete goal. And what is the Golden Rule of setting goals?
WRITE THEM DOWN.
[[[If you’re not sure how to get started with that, this Elite Daily article does a good job of explaning why you should write your goals down, and how to go about doing it.]]]
Yes, I’ve decided to not only write my goals down, but to post them on my blog to hold myself accountable for achieving (or trying to achieve) them. Both personally and professionally relevant, here are my goals for 2016:
Start keeping and maintain a structured planner that outlines my daily duties (professional and personal) to help me stay organized and motivated.
I have a lot of specific work-related things in mind that I’d like to accomplish in 2016 (increasing my social media marketing knowledge, growing my clients revenues, increasing my community involvement, etc.) and this goal helps me work towards achieving all of them. My plan of attack:
- Buy a (super-cute) planner
- Start with 2 weeks of pre-planning as a test run, updating as I go
- Maintain daily planning for one month (February, 2016)
- Become a planning guru and be crowned the Queen of Organization (haha) (no) (maybe)
Work harder to live a healthy lifestyle (not just counting calories and running).
Counting calories has lead me to eating 100 calories of chocolate instead of 100 calories of fruit (same thing, right?), so I’d like to learn more about what I’m putting in my body. I’d also like to explore more exercises other than just cardio (running, biking, eliptical, etc.) I want to work my body in other ways, and see if maybe there’s a physical activity that I can sweat while doing and still actually not want to die (I’m looking at you, treadmill). I want to be just generally healthy.
- Sign up for a more all-inclusive diet plan (Weight Watchers, perhaps)
- Research and cook 1 week of really healthy, really delicious, really different food (not just steamed broccoli and chicken every night, always, forever and ever).
- Use my FitBit, actually.
- Document my successes and failures, good recipies and bad, fun exercies and not on a weekly basis.
- Try a fitness class or two, like yoga, pilates, BodyPump or Crossfit (hahahahaha jk)
Work really hard to succeed at something that I really love.
I want to work really hard. I really admire boss-ass women, and I want to be one someday. I’ve had some opportunities come up at work lately that I’m really excited about, doing something I’m really passionate about, but I need to prove that I want it. Prove that I’m willing to learn, put in the hours, and go above and beyond.
- Exceed expectation (vague to you, maybe, but I’ve got this one).
- Stay on track (ex. get off of personal social media accounts between 8 and 5, plz & thx)
- Use that damn planner.
- Shock & awe & conquer the world. Srsly.
Put myself first, for now.
As I enter my later-twenties, married for over 2 years now, I can’t help but start thinking about family. I do want to start a family someday, and I know my husband does as well, but I need to remind myself to not be in such a hurry. Those things will come in due time, and they’ll be there FORr-EV-VERR (cue Sandlot kid’s voice). I need to be selfish right now, and put my needs first. I need to do things that I won’t be able to do later in life. Because I don’t want to have any regrets.
- Travel to NYC, take a roadtrip West, and plan 7 different/exciting/new local outings throughout the year.
- Don’t be a grandma. Go out with friends. Have one too many drinks. Just not 5 too many.
- Join a summer volleyball league – even if it’s with strangers.
- Take way too many selfies, appologize for none of them.
- In fact, appologize for nothing. (except if you spill red wine on a stranger or accidentally break a friend’s antique vase, then grovel).
- Blog more. Oh, hey 🙂
Are you still awake? Did you make it this far? Bravo! Now you know EXACTLY what I’ll be doing for the next 12 months, right?
That’s one more thing I want to mention about goals, especially to other millennials out there who think they need to get their shit together, like, yesterday. It’s obviously a good, positive thing to set goals for yourself, and you should push yourself to achieve them. But, if in between crossing off items from your to-do list, life happens – don’t stress. Goals are meant to help you aspire to something greater, not to determine if you’re a failure. Just keep that in mind as you go in to the new year 🙂
And I just want to say a HUGE thank you to any of you who read this or any other of my #EmilyFayeSays blog posts. It means a lot to me to see that people actually check me out (heyyy), and I hope I’ve been able to help you learn, grow, laugh or smile in some way this year. Best wishes for you and yours in 2016 – See you next year!