After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I welcome January as a time to refresh and set new goals. My personal new years resolutions are most often healthy new years resolutions. I want to eat better, work out and maybe even lose a little weight.
Although I get energized by my own resolutions, I get even more focused with setting yearly goals with my husband. For as long as I can remember, we have made a combined goals list at the beginning of the year. Our goals can be anything from a desired vacation to saving more money. This is also a time that we go over our budget and make necessary adjustments.
Making New Years Resolutions
A resolution is a determination to act on a goal. When making new years resolutions, there are some helpful steps to ensure long term success.
Goal Setting Steps
- Write everything down that you would like to accomplish without regard to time or cost. This is the brainstorming time. You can do this step either individually or together as a couple.
- Start narrowing your list down to what you think you can accomplish this year. We like to make current yearly goals as well as two to five year plans. The cost or other factors will determine which year you can feasibly accomplish the goal. Having the two to five year plans also works as a great starting point for the following years goal setting time.
- For the current years plans, you can also set deadlines that you would like to see accomplishment. For example, the deadline for buying new furniture might be based on when you feel you can successfully have the money saved up. This is also why it is a great idea to work on the yearly budget at the same time.
- Some goals also require a detailed plan of attack. For instance, if a goal is to eat healthier as a family, write down the details for accomplishing this plan. Knowing what foods you need to stay away from or add to your diet will be more helpful than just saying you want to eat healthier.
New Years Resolutions And Goal Setting Create Focus
Once resolutions and goal setting are established and on paper, it is easier to work the plan. It might be necessary to review your goal sheet monthly to make sure you are staying on track.
Make Goal Setting Fun
When our kids were little, my husband and I would plan an overnight stay, at a nice hotel, to plan our goals. This provided us with less distractions and allowed us to focus. Now that it’s just the two of us, we still go out for a nice dinner to start the discussion and get in the right frame of mind. Getting dressed up for dinner also helps to set the formality of the discussion.