We all know the New Year is coming up later this week. Along with having to remember to write 2015 instead of 2014 for the date, the New Year also signals a new beginning and a clean slate for you to set and work toward some goals.
Each year I like to set goals for several aspects of life, like a financial goal, a health goal, a career goal, and a personal goal to name a few. Though I set several goals, I try not to set more than one goal for each aspect of life. This helps me work on more than one aspect of life throughout the year.
Some people say a singular focus is best, but I like to focus on one goal for each aspect of life to help me stay well-rounded overall. After all, what’s the point of having a goal if you let the rest of your life go downhill throughout the year?
Here are just a few ideas of goals for different areas of your life to get you started. You still have a couple of days to decide what your 2015 goals are before it’s time to start working on them!
Some health goals may be to workout X times per week (or month), or to start eating healthier. Be careful to not make your goals too generic in this area. Having a tangible goal with real measurable results is one of the best ways to stay on track with your goals and track them throughout the year. Limiting the number of times you eat out or consume some type of food is also a good health goal to consider.
Losing weight is one of the biggest New Year’s resolutions people make. But I try not to focus on how much weight I want to lose. Instead I like to focus on creating better health habits, like eating right or working out.
Last year one of my family members set a goal to write a card or letter to 2 extended family members each week for the whole year. I don’t know if she was successful the whole year, but I do know it helped her reconnect with some family members she hadn’t seen or talked to in a long time. Extended family or friends that have moved away may seem hard to reconnect with, but with today’s technology (or the old fashioned snail-mail) it’s not that hard to correspond at least occasionally.
If you are kind of a hermit, maybe your goal in the social area of your life will be to say “yes” when someone asks you to go do something fun, or maybe your goal will be to join a new social group. No matter what your goal in this area is, make sure it’s something a little outside your comfort zone. This will help you grow as a person.
As a personal finance blogger, this area is my favorite to fantasize about when I get ready to set my goals for the year. I always have several financial goals in mind, but I try not to get too carried away when I finally set my goal. Like I said before, this goal needs to be something measurable and attainable. Paying off $X of debt, saving $X for retirement, or tracking your spending regularly are all good financial goals to consider.
What are your 2015 goals?