January, February, and March Goals
Wow, I can’t believe we have just entered a new decade 2020 how exciting!!! Happy New Year everyone!!
This year I decided to make a list of realistic and reachable goals so that I could become the best version of myself as possible. I mean, I’m sure most of you have done the same. Doesn’t everyone make new year resolutions? New Year, new me?
We could start fresh and new each and every single day, but there’s something about January first that makes it special. That and Sundays…the first of each month…bla bla bla, the list goes on. Basically what I am trying to say is that you do not have to wait until January first to make changes in your life. You don’t have to wait for anything to make a list of your realistic and reachable goals.
Yes, it sure does sound way more appealing to start chasing those goals on the first or a Sunday or Monday or whatever day. But really all that matters is that you are consistent and persistent enough to achieve your goals.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many New Year’s resolutions I made that I never went through with. I’d always put lose weight. Now I have been the same weight/size for the past five years. Clearly, five years of never reaching that New Years’ goal.
So I decided to make this year different. Instead of making very broad goals I am going to make specific ones that I know I could reach, reachable goals. That way it’ll be a great motive to keep striving and working my butt off until I reach these goals. I also decided to break up my goals quarterly so I could have time to accomplish them and see my progress along the way. So here are 10 of my goals for January, February, and March 2020:
1. Exercise for at least 10 minutes 3 days a week
It’s easy to say that you want to work out as your resolution but it’s also so easy to fail when you have no plan. If you give yourself a small time frame, say ten minutes, you will be more prone to stay committed to exercising. Once you get in the rhythm of doing it three times a week, you’ll feel good about it and ultimately better about yourself! So next month you may even feel that you could increase the time to improve results! Especially if you’re like me, someone who is completely out of shape.
2. Do yoga twice a week in the morning
Apparently yoga is very good, but not just for you physically, mentally too. Plus I have always wanted to be super flexible. Have you ever scrolled through Pinterest or Instagram and seen those girls with the yoga accounts doing these insane poses! I do all the time and I always think they look so cool and not that hard…until I try it and well they’re a lot harder than they look. Which is why I put yoga on my goals list. I want to increase my flexibility and use it as a form of meditation.
3. Floss after every meal
I mean this one is pretty self-explanatory. Good oral hygiene is always something to work on. Fun Fact: I have never had a cavity and I would absolutely love to keep it that way. I already brush in the morning and at night, but I’ve heard that flossing is really the game changer when it comes to good oral health. So I’m gonna throw those floss picks in my purse that way I can floss after every meal with no excuses.
4. Make a “To-Do List” each night before going to bed
I love this. This is the key to getting your priorities together and getting them done. Each night I use the notepad on my iPhone and make a list of things that I need to get done and want to get done for the very next day. That way I could look at that list and make sure to get everything (or at least most) things checked off. This allows me to see my progress and that I am actually getting things done. Instead of letting the laundry pile up too high I’ll put laundry on my list, or even grocery shopping. So instead of wasting my time binge-watching Netflix, I’ll be productive and do things from my list. And let me tell you, it feels really good as you cross things off.
5. Start a friendly conversation with someone new each week
I’m quite a shy person and this is basically my simple method of making connections with new people and honestly even to improve my in-person communication skills. Plus you never know the value that someone can add to your life or the value that you could add to theirs. With social media and texting; in-person communication can be scarce. So next time you’re out at a coffee shop or even the grocery be kind to everyone and simply ask them how’s their day.
6. Walk to work on days where the weather is nice
This is another goal of mine that has to do with my overall health. Another way to get my body moving other than typical exercises. Plus it’s good for the environment! Fewer fossil fuels being burned if there are fewer cars on the road, right?
7. Make a budget and stick to it
This is a major goal that I MUST do. I don’t get how people save money if they do not have a budget. Budgeting makes life so much easier and stress-free. Who doesn’t love a stress free life? Knowing how much money you’re bringing in and knowing exactly where it goes is important in this adult life we all live. So I strongly recommend that if you do not have a budget, make one! It will change your life completely!
8. Cook more family dinners
This goal of mine ties in a few key things: eating a home-cooked meal and spending time with my loved ones. A home-cooked meal is time-consuming and messy, but it’s a whole lot more nutritious than just ordering a pizza or anything from the drive-thru. It’s fresh and delicious. Plus it’s a great thing to do with your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, parents, grandparents or anyone! We live in a world where everyone is working and ‘go go go’ it’s important we slow down every once in a while and spend time with the people who mean most to us.
9. Limit TV time to twice a week
Don’t get me wrong, I love binge-watching on Netflix just like anyone else, but this year I am not going to allow myself to binge watch too often. It’s just such a waste of time. There’s so much more that I could be doing to better myself than just sit around and watch countless hours of TV.
10. To be more confident in my work and take my time with it
This is honestly my top goal. I am a person who is always second-guessing myself. Whether that be on a school assignment, an outfit, or even a picture to post on Instagram. This month I am going to focus on building my confidence. A way I believe that I can do this is by setting small goals for myself that I can achieve regularly. Small enough that they can be everyday goals. I want to keep my feet moving forward and making progress every day, even if it’s minimal. An example of this, specifically in my case, would be writing every day. Making the time to write is something I know I need to do better with. If I can make a little bit of time every day, even if it’s only about fifteen or twenty minutes it will go a long way.