It’s the beginning of the year, which is a good time to analyze and revamp your goals.
Maybe you want to keep some goals from last year or maybe you want to start over from scratch this year. Regardless of the case, this post is going to outline exactly how you can crush your New Year’s goals like a boss.
Step #1 – Set Broad Goals
If you really want to crush your goals like a boss, it’s important to make sure that the goals you set are broad. If they’re too specific, you’ll find it harder to reach them.
For example, one of my goals for this year is to make self care a priority for myself.
You don’t have to have a specific list that you’ve created or anything particular in mind just kinda go with the flow.
In my case, reaching my self-care goal can be little things such as going to the nail salon twice a month, getting my hair done once a month, or even just playing the Xbox for one hour a week.
As long as it’s something that I do for me AND only me it counts towards my self-care goal.
Setting a broad goal can work for any goal that you may have set for yourself. For example, you could set a goal of making more money this year than you did last year or building up your emergency fund.
During this first stage of goal setting simply write (or type) out the things you want to achieve this year and you can worry about the specifics later.
Step #2 – Break Your Large Goals into Small Goals
The next step to ensuring that you crush your goals this year is to break your main goals into small goals.
Going back to my self-care goal, for example, I can break it down to I want to spend 4 hours a month on self-care or 1 hour per week.
Let’s say you have a financial goal of saving $10,000 in a year. You could break it down to saving $193 per week or you could break it down to saving X amount per paycheck.
How I Break These Large Goals into Small Goals
I didn’t really set any overly large goals for myself this year, except for paying off, at minimum, 50% of my student loans.
Some of my other goals include:
- Working no more than 40 hours per week
- Losing 40lbs
- Working out 5-7 days per week
To breakdown my student loan goal, I decided to pay a minimum 50% of the smallest loan per month up until June and after June I’ll divide whatever is left from the 50% goal up into monthly payments. This will allow me to pay off 3 student loans in full by the middle of the year and by the end of the year I’ll have also drastically reduced my overall balance.
Step #3 – Say a Daily Affirmation
I know to say a daily affirmation sounds silly at first, but it works.
If you say something enough times, you’ll make it happen or you’ll begin to believe that it is true.
This can be something as simple as telling yourself “Today is going to be an awesome day” every morning to something like “I attract success, wealth, and good health”.
Step #4 – Gamify Your Goals
Gamifying your goals isn’t as techy as it sounds.
It’s actually all about turning your goals into a game.
I use a cool app called Habitica (thanks, Reddit) which helps me to set objectives for myself on the way to completing my goals.
Habitica turns achieving your goals into a roleplaying game. Every time you hit a milestone you level up, make your character stronger and see real progress.
For me, it makes this process fun, especially during those down periods of the year when things are moving slowly.
Step #5 – Make Your Goals Visible
Make your goals visible to you whenever you need that extra motivational kick.
Whenever I’m unmotivated I pull out my list of goals (yes, I write them down in a notebook, lol) and remember what I’m working towards.
Plus, this year, I’m taking things one step further by keeping a Trello board, with deadlines, to help me reach my goals. The Trello board is mostly for business goals, such as writing at least 5 personal articles per week AND making sure to stay up to date with my finances. I’m only a few weeks in with using Trello for goals, but so far, so good.
Final Thoughts on Crushing New Year Goals Like a Boss
Overall, crushing New Year goals like a boss can be fun and even the act of setting goals is a big step forward.
What things do you do to crush your goals?
(Post Update: January 2020)