3 Goals for 2020

Happy New Year, everyone! Welcome to the year 2020. We’re in the future now. Flying cars are right around the corner, and science fiction is now science fact.

Well, no. Not really, but when you say 2020, it certainly gives you that vibe, doesn’t it?

Anyway, it’s the beginning of a brand new year. 365 days of possibility. The air is brimming with optimism and passion. I touched on this briefly only last week. The energy this time of year, is to me at least, infectious.

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Reaching Your Goals in 2020

Ah, that classic end-of-the-year tradition. One of my first posts on this blog was about goal-setting, and that was back in January of this year. Seems only fitting that I close out the year with another post about reaching your goals.

I’ve always been a little conflicted where the New Year is concerned. I like the atmosphere and the optimism around goal-setting, but I also think the hype and the expectation undercut the value behind it all.

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Finding the Strength Not to Give Up

We are well into the third month of 2019, and by now many people have let their goals fall to the wayside. The buzz and energy of the beginning of the year is long gone. Reality has set in. If progress hasn’t been made, then what’s the point, right? Why not save yourself the trouble and just give up?

Sounds really frustrating when I put it like that, doesn’t it?

And yet, so many people have done exactly that by this time of year. Heck, I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve thrown in the towel by the end of February. I’ll just cut my losses and learn from my mistakes. Maybe the next year will be the year I finally do it. Only for it to have the same outcome.

Maybe waiting until next year isn’t the answer. Maybe what you need to do is find the motivation and the willpower to keep to it. Or to try again if you gave up long ago. We’re three months in, but we still have nine left of the year. Far too early to call it quits.

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Why I Started a Bullet Journal

For those who aren’t in the know, bullet journaling is a method of paper planning that you can employ with literally any empty notebook. It can be as detailed or as minimal as you need it to be, and you control everything you put inside.

Sound pretty vague? If you’ve ever searched for bullet journals on Pinterest or Instagram you’ll see just how wildly different they can look as they are completely customizable and can be put together to fit your life and your specific productivity needs. If for some reason you don’t know a thing about bullet journaling and you want to know more, then check out Ryder Carroll’s official Bullet Journal website. There are resources and video tutorials and I highly recommend it as your starting point. He did come up with the system after all.

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Tips for Goal Setting (& My 2019 Goals!)

With every new year comes a slew of new goals and all the optimism associated with a fresh start. There is something so enticing about it – a clean slate. 365 days of new possibilities. Even if time is purely a construct, and new goals can be started at any point during the year. It’s a ritual, and there is something intoxicatingly optimistic about this time of year. Despite the naysayers, it’s nice to see everyone trying to do better and be better.

I am no different.

For years now I’ve been setting new goals for January 1st, filled with the same eagerness and anticipation that accompanies the start of every calendar year.

The second half of 2018 was so much better than the first – I found my focus, and I knew what I wanted to accomplish, and how to accomplish it. I figured out the process that worked best for me. Thus with the arrival of 2019, I feel more prepared than ever to achieve my goals, only this time I know I can be more realistic about them, and more forgiving if I don’t reach them.

And I think that part is important – not only the setting of goals but realizing that despite the promise of a new year, life will inevitably throw you curve balls. Your mental health will inconvenience you at the worst of times. You might have to deal with unexpected illness or injury. You can’t predict what the next 365 days will carry your way, and all you can do is the best you can with the time you have. Sometimes that means you can’t accomplish what you set out to do, or you have to settle for less. In the end, what matters is not if you reached it, but if you tried, and kept trying.

The same applies to this year and every year afterwards – You must try, and continue to try. There will always be bumps on the road, but don’t let them throw you off course.

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New Year, New Mindset

One year ends and another begins, with all the promise of potential that wasn’t realized in the last 365 days.

The new year divides people into two distinct categories – the people who welcome the new year,  driven by the opportunity to set new goals, and excited by all the unexplored potential. And then there are those who see it as just another day – just the calendar rolling over into the next year. Nothing special, and no reason for fanfare.

In the past, I have been divided – both excited by the potential of a new year, and admittedly confused about why people wait until January 1st to set goals they could have started months ago. And it’s unfortunate when someone gives up on those goals just because the first month didn’t go quite as planned. Goals, after all, need to be adaptable. Achieving them is a process and not a result.

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