I've never put too much stock in New Year's resolutions- it seemed silly to do something that rarely lasts past January. However, as I've gotten more and more into writing and writing systems, I've begun to wonder if my issues with resolutions had less to do with resolutions themselves or if it was what I was calling them. Would working toward a goal instead of making a resolution be a better solution? To me, resolutions feel like a wish while goals feel like an action. And I've always been a person of action!
According to Time Magazine, these are the top New Years resolutions:
- Lose Weight and Get Fit
- Quit Smoking
- Learn Something New
- Eat Healthier and Diet
- Get Out of Debt and Save Money
- Spend More Time with Family
- Travel to New Places
- Be Less Stressed
- Drink Less
Before you get started on your goals, do some research! Take some time and read this article on creating SMART goals. It's just about the best way I've found to help define and structure a goal. Additionally, one of the major steps to accomplishing any goal is writing it down. Don't believe me? Read this article from Forbes, or this one from MindTools, this one from the Huffington Post, or google "how to accomplish goals" (spoiler alert, it's #3 on the list).
Whether you are trying to eat healthier, quit smoking, or just to be less stressed, writing down that goal and breaking it down into smaller daily tasks will help you accomplish it. Using awesome tools, like a fountain pen, your favorite ink and notebook, transforms a chore into a pleasant part of your day. And that's the thing- you're the one setting these goals, creating the tasks, and you'll be the one to reap the benefits of accomplishment. Why not set yourself up to succeed?
Here is a list of helpful suggestions to help make your resolutions goals, and to make those goals a reality.
Goal #1: Lose weight/Get fit
|Leuchtturm1917 Notebook with a Lamy 2000|
Goal #2: Quit Smoking
|Quo Vadis Notebook Lined|
Goal #3: Learn Something New
|Quo Vadis Habana Blank Notebook with a Kaweco Classic Sport in Black|
Goal #4: Eat Healthier
|Rhodia No. 16 Premium Lined Notebook with a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Turquoise|
Goal #5: Save Money
|Filofax Pocket Notebook with a Pilot G2|
Goal #6: Spend more time with family
|Filofax Notebook Notebook with Lamy Al-Star Purple|
Goal #7: Travel to new places
|Midori Traveler's Notebook|
Goal #8: Be Less Stressed
|Rhodia Medium Webnotebook with a Lamy CP1|
Goal #9: Volunteer
|Field Notes Notebook|
Goal #10: Drink Less
|Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pens|
One more thing to keep in mind: since you are setting goals instead of making resolutions, it's OK if you make a mistake. Did you miss a day of your new work out? Not write in your journal? No worries! Tomorrow is a new day to try again. You made these goals to make your life better, not to make yourself miserable, so don't beat yourself up. If you get to March and realize you aren't hitting the targets you wanted, examine the SMART goals again and see if you need to make some adjustments. Just don't scrap the whole plan because you missed one or two marks. Re-examine, readjust, and try again.
Do you have anything you'd like to accomplish in the new year? Are you using any methods to help you reach your goals?