It’s almost that time again. Time to start thinking about what goals you want to set for next year. Of course, you can set goals at any time, but this is the time of year when a fresh start feels like a wonderful thing.
I like to set new goals for each year.
When I set goals, I try to be realistic. It’s going to be hard to save $5000 for the year if I can barely pay my bills each month, right? But realistic doesn’t mean easy. Great goals stretch you. I try to find the balance between what is possible (realistic) but still will stretch me!
I also try to think about different areas of my life that could use some improvement.
It’s hard to stick with three different health goals, so choosing a goal or two from various categories can be better.
Lastly, if you make goals that are specific, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to succeed. I’m working on making shorter goals instead of year-long ones.
It’s daunting to say that “I want to count my calories for the whole year” (and not very practical), but to set a shorter goal of counting my calories for a month sounds much more doable. Then, after that month I’ll be happy to have succeeded and can reevaluate if I want to continue with the habit or set a different health-related goal.
So, as you start thinking about goals that you want to set, whether it’s for the start of the new year or starting next week, I came up with this list of great goals to set that could help improve different parts of your life.
This is just a list of ideas. I don’t plan on accomplishing all of these or anything close to it. I’ll probably pick one or two to work on at a time and see how it goes.
34 Great Goals to Set to Change Your Life
- Read one chapter of a book per day.
- Learn how to knit and finish 3 knitting projects.
- Keep a gratitude journal and write down a few things you’re thankful for each day.
- Spend an hour a week learning a new language.
- Udemy.com has a lot of language courses you can do on your own time.
- Create a productive morning routine and stick to it for a month.
- I loved the Make Over Your Mornings course. It really helped me create the best morning routine possible for me!
- Read one personal development book per month.
If you want to lose weight, you can read about some easy things I did to lose weight here.
- Eat 3 servings of fruits and veggies per day.
- Drink 48oz of water per day for a week.
- Exercise for 20 minutes per day 4x a week.
- I’ve got a post all about how to motivate yourself to work out.
- Go for a daily walk.
- Count your calories for a month.
- Limit coffee or soda to one cup a day.
- Eat a healthy breakfast every day for a month.
- Start my 4-day declutter challenge!
- Spend 15 minutes per day decluttering and organizing.
- Read about how to find time to declutter here.
- Set a goal of how much money you want to earn from decluttering.
- Make a weekly cleaning routine to stick to for a month.
- Get on top of your paper clutter.
- Get advice on how to reduce paper clutter here.
- Spend 10 minutes tidying your house every night before bed.
- Start meal planning to save time and money. We only spend about $70 per week on groceries for two adults because we meal plan.
Update: You can get the meal planning printable I use each week by entering your info below!
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- Set a night for a weekly family game night.
- Eat dinner together as a family 4x per week.
- Go on one date a month with your spouse.
- Pick a book to read together as a family for 15 minutes per night.
- Write an encouraging note to each of your kids once a week.
- Save $100 a month towards a vacation.
- Make specific plans for paying off debt.
- Create an emergency fund – Set an amount to save per month.
- Purchase a house
- Break this down into specific steps that need to be taken and don’t make this giant house-buying mistake.
- Save to buy a car without debt.
- Save your spare change into a retirement account with Acorns.
- Create a monthly budget and stick to it
- Lower your grocery bill by 10%.
- Create a budget and save to remodel part of your house.
- Here’s how we remodeled a kitchen on a tiny budget.
- Spend a few minutes per day tracking all of your expenses for a month.
- Do a no-spend month.
- Earn extra income from home.
- Read the ways I’ve made money from home here.
- Take a course to help you start a side hustle
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