Achieving your goals in the new year

Words by Aamir (he/him), 29 NSW

As we are celebrating the final days of this year and approaching the new year, most of us will think that ‘this year will be different’ or ‘I’m going to achieve so many things’. But sometimes as the year progresses, these goals might be pushed aside and deprioritised due to emerging situations or simply the motivation is lost. Below are some steps you can use that may help scope and plan out achieving your goals:

  1. Brain dump the goals you want to achieve this year. Just state it out plain and simple what you want to achieve this year. It could be achieved at some point during the year or at the end of the year. The time to achieve it is up to you.
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  2. List out the tasks that need to be done to achieve your goal(s). With any goal there is always hard work required. Listing them out helps scope it out and gives you time to determine its difficulty.
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  3. Determine the habits you need to change or form. This is especially important when wanting to achieve your goals. Wanting to achieve goals gives motivation however, it is the conditioning of your habits that helps promote discipline and prioritise our tasks to reach your goals.
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  4. Find the resources you can use for help. There are a vast number of online and offline resources you can use that will help achieve your goals including ones that help you make better decisions as you manoeuvre them throughout the year, provide better methods to get better results and maintain balance with our pursuit of them when change factors in our lives are encountered. Some examples include How to Increase Your Focus and Not Get Distracted, Tips To Help You Maintain Balance in Life or 25 Keys to Getting Better Results.
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  5. Create a schedule to allocate time to your tasks. Time waits for no one, and it is a reality we need to accept. Therefore, you want to setup a strong and lenient plan that you can follow that doesn’t get too overwhelming. Setting milestones to track your progress also helps you track, during the year, where you expect to be and calculate what more needs to be done or whether any adjustments are needed.
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    This links back to building our habits, the schedule should have a transition to ensure that you can properly condition yourself to the schedule you want to follow. The schedule should be adaptable for when new things come into your life. Life changes can happen anytime and it’s important to keep your schedule as an evolving plan.
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  6. Trial it out and see what happens. With all this planning and preparation completed, it is not useful until you try it out and see what happens. There will always be some misalignments between theory and practice, and it is important to see what works and what doesn’t with your habits, tasks and schedule to see any changes that may need to be made to reach your goals more consistently and effectively.

Below are some additional tips that can also help:

  1. Have a journal to write down your thoughts. Reaching your goals is more about the journey and not the destination. Make things more fun and write how you feel about the process as you go through the year.
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  2. Have a friend or family member check on your progress. The practices at school and work can be sometimes little annoying but in the end, it did help complete our tasks. Therefore, having someone check on your progress at consistent frequency. It keeps us accountable of our actions and they can also be a support channel if there are any obstacles you need help to overcome.
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  3. Have fun with it. When tasks seem a bit daunting despite the potential results it may bring, we may deter away from it, and with that the growth process is halted. Therefore, it is essential that we make it as fun and enjoyable as possible, as it will be something we want to come back to, and it is by our own choice.
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  4. Don’t get distracted by other people’s successes. Sometimes when we see online the highlights of other people’s achievements, it might make us less committed to our goals. It is perfectly normal this may happen, as we may feel we might not reach that level of achievement. But remember trust your process, you’ve done the prep and all you have to do is execute it.

This is just a number of suggestions that you can use preparing to be your best self for this year. The important thing is to be consistent with your hard work, have fun and always be true to yourself.

 

Illustration by Aileen. You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenngstudio

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