Although I do love Christmas and the lead up to it, there is something so therapeutic about clearing away all of the Christmas decorations, spring cleaning the house and setting new intentions for the year ahead. They don’t have to be big things, but having something to focus on can be so calming. For me, it gives me a sense of direction and drive.
In previous years it has been to spend more time with my grandparents (as I don’t know about you but when life is busy weeks can go by and you may not have caught up with yourself let alone family members). Bad I know, but by setting this as my intention for the year, it actually made me think more about spending time with family.
Other New Years resolutions have revolved around exercise, playing piano and family life. It can be one or ten, but I do think that sitting down and thinking about what you want to achieve in the next year can help you focus time and be more efficient. So rather than saying New Years Resolutions, I would say I set intentions and goals.
I like to set goals that are achievable and that can be ticked off the list as such, so that I remain positive about them and feel that they are within my reach. This then gives me even more motivation, when I can see them being achieved.
So my top five tips for setting new intentions and goals for the year are:
- Think about you, this time next year. This could be what would you like to be doing in your career, home life or hobbies.
- Now write this down. I think this helps to visualise it when you actually put pen to paper, or write it down on your phone/tablet/computer.
- Think about what you need to do to get to this point, and work backwards. So for me one of my goals is to grow and improve my blog. So for this I have written down lots of things that I need to do, to help me to achieve this. Some are small, some will be more time consuming. But all, given enough time is dedicated to them, are achievable.
- Set dates that you would like to achieve these by. But also don’t be unrealistic, otherwise you will lose your motivation and enthusiasm if you don’t make that goal.
- Accept that these may change through the year. Try not to get too fixated on certain goals. Life is ever changing, and so are we. So we may be a completely different person to who we were this time last year. Things change, people change; so can our goals and aims.
I hope you’ve found this useful and it has helped to give you some direction with your New Year intentions. I know a lot of people don’t like making them, but for me they give me motivation and drive. They make me think about what I would like over the next year and then work to achieve this.