New Year’s GOALS And How To Accomplish Them

by Texas Homesteader~  

Sing it with me now, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind…”  Aaaaah it’s that time again. A brand new year.

I quit doing New Year’s Resolutions several years ago and somehow the aspirations I have for improving things into the new year have not been abandoned.

How do I do it? Read on.

Why I ditched New Year's Resolutions (and why you should too) How to actually achieve your goals this year. #TexasHomesteader

I love new beginnings and a new year is a wonderful beginning filled with promise & possibility. Many folks celebrate the new year by making New Year Resolutions.  You know the ones – “I resolve to lose weight, or save money, or (fill in the blank)“.

I think reaching for improvement is an important thing to do. And there’s no time like the start of a brand spankin’ new year to do that. But even though your heart’s in the right place, those open-ended resolutions often get forgotten within the first two weeks of the new year.  #amiright??

Well, years ago I quit making New Year’s Resolutions and instead starting making New Year’s GOALS instead.

Stay with me now, there’s a point to be made.

Just writing a long list of goals on a piece of paper will be forgotten in the same amount of time those resolutions did. I needed a way to actually attain my goals.

Here are some tricks I’ve used successfully:

  • 1 – Don’t make your goals out of reach for you. Goals should be a challenge to attain but not insurmountable.
  • 2 – Don’t list your goals in an obscure way. Saying “Get In Better Shape” won’t give you any real direction to be able to meet your goals. Instead you might make it a goal to “Walk briskly 30 minutes three times each week”.
  • 3 – Now that you have your well-defined goals listed, make a list of steps to reach your goals. If you plan to plant a veggie garden this year don’t just write down a goal of “Plant A Garden”. First make mini-goals to select your garden spot, then to amend the soil, then to plant your seeds.

Sample Monthly Goals

By using this goal procedure I’ve been much more successful in actually attaining the goals I aspire to each year. But this year I changed up my New Year’s Goals process just a bit.

I quit making New Year's Resolutions & starting making New Year's GOALS. But you need a way to actually them, see what works for us. #TexasHomesteader

Instead of listing the goals I hope to attain sometime in the coming year I’ve made a list of each month and added at least one project next to each one. For instance:

  • January – *Empty master bedroom closet, declutter & rearrange
  • February – *Make Soap For Christmas Gifts.  *Document Veggie Garden Planting Order
  • March – *Paint The Chest of Drawers
  • April – *Wash All Windows Inside & Out.  *Repaint Barn’s Squeeze Chute & Alley

As you can see some months have more than one task to complete. I try to schedule tasks that will be appropriate for the time of year – inside tasks during the scourge of my existence (ragweed season), outside tasks when the weather will be warmer, etc.

New Year’s Goals Reminders

Now that I have my tasks all laid out I go into my email’s calendar and note at the beginning of each month what the task to complete will be. I set up a reminder to email me the first of the month with this month’s task(s) to be completed.

Now when I receive my reminder I’ll set out to complete that month’s task(s) as quickly as possible.

Then at the end of the year – bada-bing, bada-BOOM all the New Year’s goals I had dreamed of completing waaaaay back at the beginning of the year are completed.

Do you do New Year’s Resolutions? Do you write down goals instead?

If you’ve been frustrated about the lack of motivation & staying power in the past give this procedure a try, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the results.


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17 thoughts on “New Year’s GOALS And How To Accomplish Them

  1. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera

    I do something very similar. Sometimes, my goal is as simple as “track calories daily.” I eat less, but the goal is just to track.

  2. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    I love the fresh start of a new year! I make goals and resolutions for myself. Sometimes they actually work out, and sometimes I get to the following December and wonder what I was thinking!

  3. Terri Presser

    What great ideas. I have been thinking about the goals I have set and how I am going to achieve them and this really helps. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  4. Amanda

    I have always been terrible at keeping New Year’s Resolutions, so this year I did the same as you. Made a list of goals I wanted to achieve for the year, and made sure they were reasonable. Thank you for sharing your tips with us at Merry Monday! Love having you link up each week!

  5. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

    I love making a plan for the year, nothing huge but putting things we want to accomplish on the calendar really helps to make sure they actually get done. Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

  6. Kimberly

    Oh my! Awesome post. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you so much for being a part of our party. We really appreciate you! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  7. Tanya Anurag

    I always prefer setting up small and attainable goals rather than huge one’s that never get accomplished. Month-on-month is a terrific idea. All the best to you and me, for getting to those goals 🙂

    Tanya @Kreative Korner

    P.S.- You can find my New Year post here-

  8. Karen M. Roth

    This is my first year of making Attainable Goals. Used to I made them too high for my Disabled Body. But now I know what I am capable of and what I am not so it is making it easier to do this year. I am taking care to get my Spiritual Growth in first, but I am finally getting started on my life long dream of writing a book. I have taken the Leap of Faith and contacted the Publisher even though the book is still in my head and not in the computer yet,lol.

    I found you through Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner.

  9. Jennifer A

    I’ve quit with drastic resolutions as well. I make goals too, and try to make them with some deadline, like running for weight loss and signing up for a 5k race. I like the email reminders though, that’s a great idea!

  10. Terry

    No resolutions here either, it never works. I agree, goals are better. My goals is to try more quilt patterns with new material, get my chicken coop build and get 2-3 chickens for my little backyard. Then I’ll think of rabbits. My biggest goal is finding someone to house and pet sit when I want to take a trip to visit family. Good luck with yours.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Have you ever raised backyard chickens before Terry? If not you’re in for a real treat. RancherMan & I really enjoy our free-range chickens and the fresh eggs really can’t be beat!

      1. Terry

        No, I have started to follow blogs on home steading and those that have chickens.I am getting educated and looking forward to it. Only problem is who takes care of them if I go on vacation, lol

        1. Texas Homesteader Post author

          Depending on how predator-tight your coop is, you may be able to get a large feeder and very large water fount and slip away for a few days without anyone having to take care of them. RancherMan & I have locked them in the coop for a few days while getting away and they did just fine. Of course they’d RATHER be out free-ranging but with plenty of food & water it didn’t negatively affect them being in the coop for a few days. You do want to make sure your coop is predator tight and your watering system won’t fail or be tipped over. I’d recommend buying larger-than-needed watering and feeding systems so you can fill ’em up for times when you won’t be around. We love raising our chickens and look forward to it every year.

  11. Patricia

    I don’t make resolutions. I do make a goals list and put it out there on the blog for the world to see and for myself- I can refer back! I didn’t do that this year. 2014s goals were mostly accomplished– I have a few carry overs – and will focus more effort there.
    I also choose #OLW ( one little word) and I refer to it often! Last years word… Balance … Was a hit and a miss!
    I may refine my methods this year – after reading this. I had thought of chucking the whole idea; but if you aim at nothing you hit it every time!
    Great post!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Different methods work for different people Patricia. I know the generic broad-brush first of the year resolutions really never worked for me and hearing other people complain that it didn’t work for them either, I just thought I’d put out there a method that’s worked for me. I also have private goals that involve family, relationships and the like. Those private goals are not different every month but reminders are still placed in my calendar to remind me to act. Using those methods has always been successful for me.

  12. ColleenB.

    You have a great plan going on. I have never made any New Year’s Resolutions. I just basically take one day at a time and try and do what I can in a days time. When I can’t work outside I try to at least get things accomplished inside. Right now I am in the process of making family photo ornaments. I have A lot to make so thought this would be a good time to get started cause I know once the weather turns nice I will be outside working and will have no time to work on the ornaments and they will really need to be done around Thanksgiving

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      That’s really thinking ahead Colleen, love the idea of family photo ornaments. ~TxH~


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