It’s post new year’s, just about that time where most people drop their resolutions or goals. Many folks fail at keeping up with what they set out for themselves because it may be too big, too vague, too strict, or without a plan. Are you on that boat or have you simply not done any goal-setting? Maybe you’re still going strong (go you)!
I don’t set a resolution in January, but throughout the year, I set goals for myself with month-long deadlines. It really depends on where I wish to be with a certain something in a particular timeframe. Makes things clearer and more realistic. For example, if I want to take a course in the summer, I’ll make sure to look up how much it costs and save up the appropriate amount. Very simple example.
Sometimes, things don’t go as planned, but that’s all right. Still, if you think this way of structuring goals is a good idea, here are some examples geared toward managing your mental health that you can handle:
- Start therapy on March 2, once a month. Cost: $100/month.
- Write a daily log of my feelings for a year.
- Save $80 for anxiety management workshop on July 1.
For me, big goals don’t have deadlines. That’s important for me because it reduces stress around meeting that goal at a certain time, and eliminates the possibility of disappointment if it isn’t met. It also gives me the proper time to transform and heal because life is not a race. But also, sometimes it’s just a life-long lifestyle change I want to make. Here are some examples (inspired by my own):
- Go to Reiki 2x/month and work on myself in between. (Specific but no deadline)
- Manage stress with exercise. (Lifestyle change)
- Watch the sunrise every morning before work. (Lifestyle change)
Don’t let the new year be a reason to start something you really want to do; begin anytime!