New Year’s resolutions are something most of us have heard of before. They are usually developed late in December or at times even in the very early days of January as we shed whatever happened the previous year and hope for a new start.
It makes sense that for most of us the start of a new year marks a line in the sand. This line gives us a clear starting point. A way of noting when we began so we can track how far we have come.
Over the past few years, we have noticed that New Year’s resolutions have become a little out of fashion, with most people avoiding them all together. This may be due to the pandemic, and the lack of certainty, though we believe that this change has come due to the pressure resolutions tend to have on us.
In most cases resolutions can seem restrictive, sometimes used to break a bad habit or make drastic changes in one’s life. Though without a clear plan in place most of us have found that our resolutions are often forgotten by the time February or March comes around and sometimes we don’t give them much more thought until we near the end of the year and realise we didn’t get anywhere close to making the changes that we had originally planned.
Here at Organise.Curate.Design. we have always seen the value of goal setting, but the key is in the detail of the planning to achieve our goals. For us, we have set some clear goals for the coming year and have taken the time to map them out.
Some of our goals may be personal, in a similar way to resolutions we may be looking to break some bad habits or make positive changes in our personal lives. The key to the success of these goals is the detailed planning behind them.
In the case of something as simple as a health goal, time needs to be allocated to achieve this goal. Making time to research healthy recipes, meal plan and prepare healthier meals is vital to making changes in this area. As is making time for mental health practices, movement and time outdoors in nature. Each are pieces of a larger puzzle, a bigger goal, but each is as important as the other. To us, this is a holistic approach to how we will achieve this larger goal of improved health in the coming year.
The motivator here is the key, how will you feel when you achieve your goal? What does success look like and can you reach mini moments of success along the way? When you identify what you want these to be and what they look and feel like, you are more likely to recognise them along the way and keep yourself on track.
With the New Year upon us, we encourage you to set some goals. Just remember that they don’t need to be to break bad habits. But they do need a plan to ensure they are successful.