Happy New Year everyone!!
Nope-I do not have a blog post on goal setting for you-at least not yet!
I usually spend the end of December and beginning of January reflecting on the previous year. I think about what worked, what didn’t work, what I will keep doing, what I need to stop doing, and what do I need to change. I try not to make too big of a list, because if I do-i get overwhelmed and quit.
Here are a few things I do at the end of the year to help me decide what to plan for the following year..
- I look at my goals from last January and see if I actually accomplished them. If I didn’t, then I admit that I didn’t really want to do them, and then delete them, or tweak them for this current year. Example-weight loss..it’s on there every year.. There really isn’t a day that goes by that I think about how or why I should lose weight, so I am taking that off for this year. I do weigh less than last year, but I am just not feeling it for this year (even though I need to) I may revisit that in the Spring as a possible Summer goal.
- I went on the trips I had planned, and this year I had to decide with my husband where we were going for our anniversary, short trips, family vacations, etc and those will be the goal for this year.
- This year is a bit different because my daughter is graduating school, so we have graduation plans, and college to navigate through, and I want to be prepared for those as well.
- I went through our credit card and bank statements (online) and I did a search for “Starbucks” , “Peets Coffee” and a few other restaurants and stores to see what I spent there for the entire year….SHOCKING. When you think 4-$5 doesn’t really matter, IT DOES.. I spent $600 on coffee this year-not all for me, I am sure I bought breakfast, plus my husband and kids got things from there-but that doesn’t count when I have bought lattes at Target and Safeway-or paid cash. If someone offered me $1,000 to not go to Starbucks or out to coffee all year I would say yes..but instead I squandered it $5 at a time-So for the last month I have actually made coffee AT HOME and brought it with me when needed-and I have survived!!
If every time I am tempted to go out for coffee I transfer $5 to my savings account I could pay for Christmas next year!
- I don’t feel bad that I didn’t accomplish what I wanted, but I look at what I DID accomplish and where I succeeded. I am a different person now than I was 1 year ago, which means in 1 year I will be different than now, so if there is anything I don’t like it is possible for me to change it-so why feel bad.
- I make goals by the season. Beginning of the year, spring, summer, fall and then Christmas.
- I will be couponing more this year-and blogging. My coffee spending made me realize that everything adds up. I have gotten in the habit of “Oh, I don’t need to use coupons every time, it’s only $1 more or whatever amount..” And, looking back, if I had saved $20 a week, that would be $1,000 for the year. So between using coupons and making my own coffee, I could have had $2,000 more, and I REALLY have to make sure I am not mad at myself about that.
So, those are some things I have realized so far, and then I will form those into some goals and direction for the year. I make Personal, educational, social, spriritual, and family goals, so I put some time thinking on them. Then I actually start on them when my kids go back to school. I love Christmas vacation (we went to Santa Barbara this week) so starting January 8 is when I start my new year.
Share your new years goals and reflections in the comments if you would like, and stay tuned for more coming up!