Goals to Set in The Beginning of the Year (January)

The one thing I’m glad about is that January doesn’t seem to be moving by quickly. I actually feel like I have time to sit down, write out my goals and plans, and actually work towards achieving them. Maybe it have something to do with the fact that it’s Winter and time is slowing down. Either way, after what seemed like a short and fast 2019 – I’m glad we’ve come to a slow move.

2020 is going to be exciting for me! I have so many goals to set, a baby on the way, plans to upkeep, and things to do. And that’s one thing I want to talk about today. We already went through 15 Small Goal Ideas for 2020 but now I want to talk about breaking goals down into even smaller and more achievable goals. Let’s take yearly and turn it into monthly – starting with January!


My January 2020 Goals

Last year I definitely overexerted myself with goals – and in result, I didn’t get very many of them done. Instead, I looked at all the goals I had set out for myself and they just felt forced. That’s why this year I wanted to narrow down my goals to things I truly wanted to accomplish.

When you set a goal, it’s important to ask yourself, “whats steps can I take to make this goal achievable?” From there, you can create smaller like-minded goals to aid in your progression.

Some of My January Goals

Financial

  • Create a savings plan. This one is important to me because I want to buy a house this year and I need to learn how to manage my money better.
  • File taxes. Easy enough January goal that everyone seems to put off. But not me! (See first goal for reasoning.)
  • Create a credit card payment plan. Did I use my credit card too much last year? Yes, guilty as charged…. but I’m going to create my own payment plan the rotates around my paychecks! This way I can keep my good credit and pay off what I owe without being overwhelmed.
  • Set up a monthly budget. Out of my financial goals for January, I think this will be the hardest for me. Creating a budget requires a complete breakdown of the money I earn and the willpower to put a stop on buying things I don’t necessarily need.

Health

  • Attend at least two yoga classes. Before the new year, I tried out a Prenatal Yoga class and I really want to incorporate it into my health routine. Sadly, my schedule changes all the time. But my goal is to get in at least two classes this month. (PS, I totally have one booked for tomorrow!)
  • Go to all Dr. Appointments. This doesn’t seem like a crazy hard goal, but it is for me! I actually HATE going to the doctors. I mean…can you blame me? My goal for this month is to go to everyone single appointment I have scheduled, including: OB/GYN , Dentist, Yoga, WIC, and any appointment that generally involves my health.
  • Add more color to my diet. This one I can say for sure I have in the bag this month! I’ve been eating so many more fruits and veggies this week, and just eating healthier overall.
  • Eat 8/12 of January Seasonal Foods. I found this super cute bullet journal page that has “in-season” fruits and vegetables listed for each month. I’m challenging myself to eat at least 8 of the 12 foods listed for this month’s “in-season” fruits and vegetables: beets. broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, leeks, lemons, mandarins, oranges, papayas, and tangerines. I am already 4/12!!
how to turn your goal into a plan

How to Turn Your Goal Into A Plan

The only way to truly achieve your goal is to break in down to “necessary action” steps. Even if you don’t consciously break it down every time, you will always make a plan whenever you’re trying to accomplish something.

For example, if you want to cook pasta you know you need to boil water first. It’s the same case with achieving your goals. It’s all about asking yourself a series of questions. In real terms, it’s called chunking your goals down. Start with this:

Based on my yearly goal, what’s one this you can do this month? Then, based on my monthly goal, what’s one thing I can do this week? After that, break it down even more! Based on my weekly goal, what’s one thing I can do today? And finally, with what I want to accomplish in my daily goal, what is one thing I can do right now? See, it’s all about turning your someday goal or your yearly goal into a right now plan.

Commit to turning your goal into a right now plan.


To further elaborate, let’s say you want to create a savings plan. What are the steps to take to create a savings plan?

  • So,wWhat are you saving for?
  • What are your expenses? And what can you do to cut back on them?
  • How much do you need to save to get to your goal?

Ask yourself the necessary questions – then create a plan around your answers.


Here’s the thing, everyone seems to make a big deal about creating January Goals. And of course, it’s not a bad thing to do! However, don’t let the norm fall into place where you create goals for yourself that you’ll never keep. Create a goal, ask yourself why you wanted to set that goal, and then make a plan to achieve it.

What goals are you setting for yourself this month? And what are you doing to make them happen?

Thanks for reading xx


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