HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS + MY OWN FOR 2017

We all know the cycle of setting goals or making resolutions in January, being full of motivation then falling off the wagon by the end of February. It happens to the best of us but I have some tips to help keep you on track with your goals throughout the year. Think how good you'll feel at the end of 2017 if you've achieved all you wanted!

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BE REALISTIC

Don't set yourself up to fail: create goals that you should be able to achieve within the year. So if you're a graduate, aiming to be a CEO by the end of 2017 probably isn't your best strategy. Also think about whether you truly can stick to your goal or not - doing two hours of exercise every single day would be difficult for even the fittest of people, so choose something you are capable of doing as well as willing to do, then you'll get off to a good start.

MAKE SURE YOU WON'T FORGET

Make it impossible for your goals to slip your mind. Type them up and stick them on your wall, make them your desktop wallpaper, whatever it takes so that you'll be reminded of what you want to achieve on a daily basis. You could also try to find people online who are achieving the type of things you want for yourself - follow them and keep up with what they're doing so you can be reminded of the life you want for yourself.

CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF REGULARLY

Set aside some time at the end of each month to see where you're at and plan what you need to work on in the coming month. This is so important and probably the tip I'd recommend the most, as tracking your progress helps you see if you're putting enough work into achieving your goals. If you realise you're not as far ahead as you'd like to be, this can give you a real push to work harder the next month.

CHOOSE SOMETHING YOU'RE PASSIONATE ABOUT

If you set a goal for something that you don't actually want to do, you're much more likely to fail. Set goals that you really want to achieve, that will make you happy, that you truly care about. Don't say you'll get up at 5am everyday to work out when that sounds like your idea of hell. Goals shouldn't be used to punish yourself; they should improve your life and make you a happier person. Plus, passion will drive you to succeed and you'll feel your life enriched by it.

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So with all that in mind, here are my personal goals for 2017:

LEARN NEW DIGITAL SKILLS

Through my unsuccessful job search I've realised that having some more digital skills would be very advantageous to me in the career I'm pursuing. Things like photography, photo and video editing, SEO, HTML etc. can all be incredibly useful to a journalist, and while I have some basic knowledge in these areas I really want to step that up and become more confident in them. There's loads of free online courses for these types of things so I'm going to start working on them and hopefully by the end of the year I'll have some new skills to show for myself.

GET SERIOUS ABOUT FREELANCING

I've been doing some freelance writing here and there for a while now, but 2017 is the year I'm going to put a lot more energy into it. I've already made a list of stories I want to pitch and publications I'm going to contact, so I'm off to a good start! By the end of the year I hope to have a long and diverse list of published work, and it'll really help with my confidence too. With that said, if you know of any freelancing opportunities, hook a girl up, yeah?

LEARN TO DRIVE (I MEAN IT THIS TIME)

Fun fact: My parents gave me the gift of driving lessons for my 19th birthday and I'm now 22 and haven't done a single lesson. I'm terrible, I know. It's one of those things that I keep saying I'll definitely start this week/month/year but somehow just never get around to actually doing. I came very close last summer and even narrowed my choice down to about three different instructors, but never made the final leap. I am quite scared of driving to be honest, and I just think I'll be terrible at it, but 2017 is going to be the year I actually start those lessons. Honestly. I swear.

BE MORE CONSCIOUS WITH MY PURCHASES

There are two elements to this goal: Firstly, I've been thinking a lot about consumerism and throwaway culture recently. Maybe it's all the minimalism videos on YouTube (and the documentary on Netflix), maybe it's the fact that I have a full wardrobe but feel like I have nothing to wear. I don't like it. It's wasteful, bad for the planet and bad for my finances. Secondly, I want to take my focus away from needing things to feel happy. I'm that person who places an ASOS order after a stressful day, or spends my Saturday going round the shops after a shitty week. And I'm starting to realise that's just wrong. People can make me happy, doing productive things can make me happy; and aren't they so much better than a Topshop skirt? So I'm going to stop buying things for the sake of it and only buy things I actually need or really, really want. It'll save me money, make me feel more peaceful and I'll also be doing my bit to save the Earth, so it's a no-brainer really.

What are your goals for 2017?

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6 comments:

  1. That planner is absolutely gorgeous! Love your goals also. One of my goals is to focus. I always do about a million things at the same time and then always end up not taking them too seriously on an individual level. So I want to focus more on changing in this perspective.

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    1. I love the planner! Ah yeah that's a good one, I totally understand what you mean, trying to do everything at once. Good luck with it! x

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  2. I found this really inspiring, it's made me re-think my 2017 goals and make them more joyful and realistic. My goals were quite punishing on myself but now I realise that if I'm not going to enjoy achieving my goals then they won't be reached, so thank you!

    Also your goal to improve your digital skills - you mentioned free online courses, that's something I'd love to do! Do you have any recommendations on where to look for these free courses? I'd really appreciate the advice/help! ๐Ÿ’•

    Jem xo // JemsJournal.com

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    1. Yeah, I've found I get much more done if I look at it in a positive way, that way it doesn't feel like hard work!

      Harvard actually has loads of free online courses, but some are better than others. Skillshare has plenty of really great ones that are free, and Codeacademy if you want to look into HTML etc :) x

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  3. Love this - such an inspiring post lovely! x

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