After the beer is gulped, the shots downed, and the champagne swigged on New Year’s Eve, you wake up the next day with a killer hangover and a long list of personal goals. This time, you tell yourself, you plan to keep those goals. Then, as the hangover subsides, each goal suddenly feels less important or obtainable, slipping from your grasp like so many resolutions have before.
The question then arises: how do you achieve your goals in 2020, even after the brutal hangover has gone away? Ultimately, the power is in your hands, but that won’t stop us from dispensing a few solid pointers. Whether it’s fitness or finance-related, we’ve got it covered. Here’s how you can achieve your goals in 2020.
Goals to Aim For
Naturally, in order to achieve your goals, you must first know which goals to achieve. Truthfully, there’s never a shortage of things that one can improve upon. For the sake of economy, here’s a list of potential goals to strive for: save more money, drink less, be more present (i.e. at the moment), spend more time with friends and family, exercise more, stretch more, lose weight, sleep better, meditate, participate in a sporting event (marathon, football league, etc), travel more, reduce your carbon footprint.
How to Set Achievable Goals
Providing yourself with a list of personal goals is the easy part – actualizing those goals is the hard part. That’s where some tried and true methodology comes into play. For starters, you should focus on goals that are both applicable and attainable. For instance, if you only have 1-2 drinks a week, then you shouldn’t worry about drinking less. On the other hand, if you’re tossing down a six-pack on the daily, then reduced alcohol consumption should definitely be in the cards.
Furthermore, it’s important to stay motivated. Doing that can vary from person to person. One way to stay motivated is to tell some close friends about your personal goals and even ask them to get on your case if you start to fall behind. Another surefire way to achieve your goals is to make each goal finite or quantifiable. In other words, don’t just tell yourself that you’re going to lose weight, set an exact weight to strive for and don’t stop until you’ve reached it. As you will often find, your body and mind adapt in the process, meaning it becomes easier to move on to the next finite goal once the first one is obtained.
When all else fails, use the SMART system. It breaks down as follows: Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound. As you can see, the SMART system reinforces the notion that you should set personally relevant goals and give yourself either hard deadlines or finite milestones.
How To Stay on Track With Your Goals
Okay, so you’ve now committed yourself to reach a specific goal or number of goals. Here comes the really hard part: sticking with your goal for weeks and months at a time. To do that, you need to make an action plan. That means sitting down and formulating exactly what you’re going to do every single day in order to achieve your goal. Don’t be afraid to get specific. For example, don’t just say you’re going to hit the gym. Instead, map out every exercise you’re going to do once there.
Whether your goals are physical, fiscal or emotional, you can break your routine down by applicable numbers: minutes, hours, calories, pounds, dollar amounts. Set daily benchmarks for yourself and don’t end your day until those benchmarks are achieved. Along similar lines, you should track your progress using a calendar or notepad like WeekPlan. By keeping a physical record, both the commitment and the goal itself become far more tangible.
And remember, the further you go, the more you adapt. One day your goals will simply become your routines, and you won’t need to track them with the same level of diligence.
Use Goal Setting Apps and Tools
If using paper and pen sounds too antiquated, you’re in luck because tracking your progress has never been easier. We’re speaking, of course, about the slew of apps out there that will help you reach virtually any goal you can think of. Here’s a breakdown of the best apps to help you achieve your goals in 2020:
- WeekPlan – Is a priority planner for highly effective people. It allows you to pair your tasks with the goals behind them. The tool is highly effective when it comes to striking a clear work-life balance by helping you differentiate between important and urgent.
- Don’t Break the Chain – Based on a technique allegedly employed by Jerry Seinfeld himself, Don’t Break the Chain asks that you stick with your goal every single day, and track your progress on a provided calendar.
- Chains.CC – Another app that helps ensure you “don’t break the chain” so that you might achieve your goals the Seinfeld way.
- **Strides **– Think of Strides as a tracking dashboard that accommodates any type of goal you can throw its way.
- Way of Life – This app is a tracking dashboard, journal and life coach rolled into one, which helps you realize your personal habits and patterns so you can adjust accordingly.
- GoalsOnTrack – For all the overachievers out there, GoalsOnTrack takes the SMART system to comprehensive and organized extremes.
- Coach.me – When it comes to achieving goals, no one would argue with an app that tracks your habits, helps you set milestones, and congratulates you when you do.
- ATracker – As easy to set up as it is to use, ATracker keeps pace with your data by way of approachable charts and graphs, which can be shared on your social media pages if you so desire.
- 22 Push-Ups – Sometimes a fitness regimen can be as simple as 22 pushups a day, and this app counts those pushups down for you, all while raising awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Stacked – Here’s an efficient app made just for aspiring (or seasoned) bodybuilders–it’s customizable and comprehensive alike.
This sums our blog about how to achieve your goals in 2020, over to you now take a few moments to journal your goals and what could possibly be holding you back from achieving your set goals. After you are done doing that, create an actionable plan to deal with the hurdles in your way.
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