The new year is approaching (fast!) and I have only just started to think about my goals for 2017. I have always been reluctant to jump on the New Years resolutions bandwagon. I’m not a “New year, new me,” person, and I don’t run to the gym when the clock ticks 12 on January 1 (but props to you if you do!) Setting unrealistic resolutions, only to forget about them half way through the year just isn’t for me. I also refuse to make a resolution to lose 20 pounds, drink a gallon of water every day, or read 10 books by the end of the year. Those types of New Years resolutions don’t set the framework for success, they just put a big number and broad desire in front of you.
But, I do believe in setting attainable goals with a clear and specific path to success. Here are my seven goals for 2017, maybe they will inspire you this New Year!
Realistic New Years Resolutions For 2017
1. Get the Creativity Flowing: I started this goal today (I know, a few days early.) I like to think of myself as a creative, but other than writing I rarely let my creative flag fly! Our busy daily lives often keep us from spending time doing things we enjoy. I rush to school, run to work, try to keep my eyes open for homework and usually fall asleep in the shower. No more! This is my first goal because crafts and creativity is what makes me happy. By making time to do more of what makes me happy, my professional and personal life will thrive. Attain this goal by setting aside at least one day a week for two (or more) hours to spend painting, writing, or crafting.
2. Eyes off the phone: If you’re like me, and you probably are, your phone is your baby. Some days I can sit on my phone for hours browsing social media and stalking frenemies (Don’t judge me, you know you do it!) The time that we spend on our phones could easily be used doing productive tasks. The hours I spent analyzing Kendall Jenner’s hot bod, could be used painting, getting ahead on homework, or job hunting! To get my eyes off the screen I plan on minimizing my phone time to 30 minutes a day. That may still seem like a lot, but it would be unrealistic for me to cut it any more. And with unrealistic goals, comes failure. 🙁
3. Get outside: I spend a lot of time inside. Homework, blogging, sleeping and working take up most of my life. Unfortunately, they are all done inside. This goal will help me get more fresh air, soak up the sun, and hopefully get me more active. It could be as simple as doing homework outside on the patio, or painting at the park. But it could also be getting outside and hiking, going for a walk or taking a dip in the pool.
4. Patience is key: My temper is short and my patience is shorter. If I can’t get the cheese bag open, I get irritated. If I can’t get the pan clean, I get irritated. You name it, I’m probably irritated. This is my least favorite quality, hence the goal to be more patient. This may seem like a far fetched goal, but I have already started working on it. To grow your patience level from 0 to 100, it is necessary to follow tasks through until the end, no more matter how irritated you get. I have learned in a short amount of time, that the irritation is worth the end result.
5. Turn on that oven: How often do you go out to eat instead of making dinner yourself? As a college student, I am use to cheap $1 tacos from Del Taco and greasy burgers from basically anywhere. Making dinner at home, is both healthier and more cost effective. I found this great crockpot guide, so I can leave everything in the crockpot while I’m at school and come home to a great smelling (and tasting) meal. I don’t have time for making dinner, so Pinterest will be my BFF for quick and easy meals. My goal is to make dinner at home at least 5 days a week.
6. Save it up: Okay, every year this is a goal. BUT this year I have a path to success, and that’s the point of this, right? After reading through numerous options on how to save up, the cash envelope system is my favorite so far. By saving up throughout the year and budgeting better, stress will subside and finances will be in order. Even if it is saving $10 a week into a jar (a mason jar, duh.) that is $520 a year. And for a college student like me, that could really help on a rainy day.
7. Organize: Last, but not least. An organized life, is a simpler life. Whether it is my home, my car, or my school planner, when they are organized, so am I. I am so use to letting my busy schedule keep me from cleaning up and organizing my life. No more excuses. Ten minutes every night will be dedicated to getting everything under control, clean and ready for the next day.
So who is ready for 2017? Buckle up everyone, enjoy the ride!