On January 1, everyone seems to have an idea of how they want their new year to look, from healthier habits to learning new skills. Although most people are motivated in the first few months of the new year, it’s not uncommon to see that motivation wear off by March or April.
Be a goal-getter this year instead of a goal-forgetter by using these helpful tips below:
Make a Vision Board
A vision board is a collection of images and words that symbolize your goals, dreams and visions of success for what you want to accomplish. If you’re going the old-fashioned route, start by buying a poster board and pull pictures and words from magazines or other print images you find on the internet to symbolize your goals. Instead of using a poster board, you can use Canva or Pinterest to create one online. Remember: there’s no right or wrong way to create a vision board; just make sure what you use speaks to you and be clear on your intention of your selections. Visioning can help increase motivation and confidence, as well as set your mind up for success in many areas of your life. Don’t forget to place it somewhere you can see it every day!
Use Smartphone Apps & Features
Sure, it’s easy to write down your goals and start working towards them, but it’s also easy to forget about them. Why? Your piece of paper doesn’t have built-in reminders or goal progress tracking features. Luckily, goal tracking apps do. The top 3 FREE goal tracking Smartphone Apps right now are:
You can also utilize your phone’s “Notes” feature to write a daily to-do list and write down your goals. The “Reminders” feature can be used to set yourself reminders throughout the day, whether that be to drink water, take a walk, eat your veggies, etc!
Keep a Diary
When you write down your goals you’re laying the first brick, or planting the seed. Weeks may go by where you feel unmotivated but taking a look at how far you have come can be a huge inspiration. It will also be a useful tool for looking at where you are going right or wrong. Dedicate 5 minutes each day to writing down your thoughts about your goals, how you plan to achieve them, and what you will do today to stay on track.
Create a Goal-focused Group
Making yourself accountable to your friends and family is one of the best ways to reach your goals. Get a partner or group together and agree to check in with each other once a week via group text or by using an online program like “Slack”. Maybe instead you decide that you want to meet once a month in person or online via zoom. You can utilize a program like Google Calendar to create the appointment on your schedule to stay organized.
As you begin to master the ability to keep your motivation high, it will become easier to stay on-track. Follow these tricks to get into the goal-getter mindset and I promise you will be meeting your goals ASAP!