At the beginning of the year, everyone is busy making resolutions and fitness plans. I typically don’t myself because I never really think about it honestly. However, this year there are a few things that I want to accomplish, so I have come up with a list of goals for 2019. To make sure I stick to them I am sharing a few tips I learned in undergrad for setting goals. The most important thing you need to do when making goals is to remember the word SMART- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based. This way you will remain on track. For example, you wouldn’t want to set a goal like I want to be a millionaire. While that is commendable, it is too generic. There are no details as to how you are going to do or even when you will do it by.
Save more money
One of my first goals is to save at least three months of living expenses by the end of the year. To do this, I plan to cut back on my unnecessary expenses, such as my weekly trips to Starbucks (Gasp!!!). My necessary living expenses (mortgage, utilities, daycare costs, etc.) run about $3500 a month. So, by taking this amount and dividing it over the next 12 months, I would need to save at least $292.00 a month. Simple right! By budgeting and not spending on lattes and eating out, it is achievable.
Be more consistent with the blog and social media posts
I started this blog in August of 2018, and since I have only posted about eight things. My social media has a bit more but not as much. My goal for 2019 is to more consistent in my posting and post at least two posts a month. I must admit when I first started I was extremely excited and full of ideas for what I was going to post and when. However, as with anything life happened. Between working 40+ hours a week and having a small child, I got a little distracted. I have taken advantage of my holiday break and planned out my content for the year. I now have a solid plan to build as a start. There are also a few events that I plan to attend which will add for some great content as well.
Take time out for me
My last goal is probably the easiest one to achieve. I plan to take time out for myself sometimes and practice self-care. As a mom, this can be very hard. You have kids, spouses, and work that always seem to need your attention. However, you can pour from an empty glass. To make sure that I don’t experience burnout, I plan to take at least one day a week to do something for myself. Even if it is as simple as reading a book in a quiet space. Just taking the time to reflect and will help.
As you can see these are simple goals, very attainable. To make sure I’m sticking to the plan I will do a six-month update and review my progress. What are your goals for 2019?