Don’t just pick some willy-nilly goal that you already know you’re not going to uphold just because you Googled the top 10 resolutions of 2018 (in case you’re wondering they’re; 1. Improve your fitness, 2. Eat better, 3. Quit smoking, 4. Quite drinking, 5. Learn something new, 6. Travel more, 7. Volunteer, 8. Meet someone, 9. Sleep more, and 10. Get out of debt, according to Finder.com). There, now you don’t have to waste your time on Google! You’re already getting more efficient for the New Year. Congratulations!
Instead, consider some alternatives here that we have broken down by personal goals, student goals, and business goals to give you some more things to consider in the coming year.
- Focus on long term goals that will help you all the way into 2019, not just 2018!
- Yes, plank… it’s good for the core! Look it up here.
- Enjoy the little things. Take time to stop and look around and enjoy things you don’t typically notice during the rush of your day.
- Increase your emotional intelligence (EQ). What the heck is EQ? Click here.
- Get your documents in order. Take a moment to make sure your vital documents and cards such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, passports, etc are together and safe. Consider a living will at this time too! If you need them through the year, you’ll know exactly where they’re at.
- Start a blog. Have a passion for cooking? Creating things? Traveling? Start snapping those pictures and create a fun blog that your family and friends can follow! Blogger.com even has a Blogger app to make it easier to keep up!
- Take a selfie in a new interesting place each month to encourage more exploration in your life. You never know what fun, new places you’ll find right around your area! Google your town and start there. Start by searching your town on TripAdvisor.com and go from there.
- Contact people you once knew. Rekindle those friendships that faded away as life got in the way. Especially if you don’t have time to meet new people… there are plenty you already know!
- Make a bucket list and start crossing it off. Start with those “I’ve always wanted to ______” things. Immediately after you make the list, pick one thing on the list and start making plans to actually do it. Get in the habit right off the bat!
- Turn off your phone at meals. Spend more quality time with those you love. Eating alone? Take that time to just “be” and ponder. Your mind deserves a break!
- Don’t put off what you can do today. Procrastination is a dangerous thing.
- Sleep better. Seriously. Not just because your mom says so. Sleep will improve every aspect of your life!
- Cut out activities if you’re overwhelmed. This makes more room for #2!
- Set up a homework routine & keep school material organized to eliminate stress. You might find that you have more time for #2 & 4 when you’re in a routine and organized. See how this works?! You’re on your way to a better you already!
- Pick up an activity if you need more social interaction. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
- Doesn’t matter where or what you’re doing, there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to help others. And hey… it’s something to do, right?
- Explore passions, because this is your time to dig deeper into things that peak your curiosity. Many resources are available to you during this time, so take full advantage! If you don’t have a hobby then push yourself to find something that interests you and feel free to change it up every month to get a variety in!
- Stop doubting yourself. If you’ve ever uttered the words, “I’m not good at anything” then make that the last time you ever say that and start realizing everyone seriously is good at something. It may not be a skill that produces tangible items, but once you find what you’re good at, use it, expand on it, cultivate it. Never know, you may discover a new direction for your life!
- Spend more time with family. They’re important influences in your life whether you know it yet or not.
- Spend less time on devices. (See Personal Goal #10, then revisit #9 above. This is starting to sound more like homework than a resolution, isn’t it….)
- Learn to manage cash flow more effectively. Even if you think you have a handle on it, you can always find ways to improve or push your expectations for the coming year. If you don’t already have one, consider an accounting site, such as Wave.com, to keep you organized and on track.
- Improve your digital presence by making sure your website content is optimized. Take it a step farther and make sure Google My Business and any other profiles that might have picked up your business info is displaying current and complete.
- Get social! If you’re not already, then consider taking a jump on SM bandwagon. Even if you just add one platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube) and focus on expanding that content.
- Focus on backlinks to increase search engine ranking. Are there reputable sites or businesses in your industry or local area that you can connect with? Working as a team to cross-promote is a great way to help you get noticed by new people.
- Strive to be a better communicator. Involve others in goal setting & planning. You’ll not only get new perspectives and ideas, but you’ll create a more cohesive, positive environment.
- Focus feedback on the future. How can you apply your employee or customer feedback on creating a better business, process, or relationship?
- Be a role model. Do things in your industry or community that create a respectable image. People will notice!
- Focus on follow-up. Are there things in the books that haven’t been resolved yet? Set time aside to get back to a clean slate with vendors, customers, or just ideas you have been wanting to explore.
- Put time for you on the calendar. If you find yourself absorbed and consumed by your business, pull out the calendar and mark some days for YOU. No answering emails, or checking in with co-workers, just you and your personal life to reset your motivation and take a mind break.
- Give back. Donate, offer a visitation or mentor opportunity for young minds. Set up a giveaway each month as a thank you to customers. Find ways to do things in your industry or community that create a respectable image. People will notice!
Let’s be real… how about you just skip the resolutions altogether, and add a new tradition by saving yearly Time Capsule sheets! Keep the collection in a box or jar in the top of the closet and pull it out every year to add a new sheet. (Tip: print 10 sheets now so you don’t have to worry about finding your file again later…) Here’s an example, but there are plenty more on Pinterest!