When you think about the New Year, you might think of fireworks, ball drops, and maybe resolutions. Well, everybody wants the start of the year to be perfect so the rest of the year is awesome too. So, today I’m going to share my goals for January. Instead of resolutions, I set 10 tiny goals for January that are achievable. I also made the goals specific because if it is broad, like eating healthy, it seems big, like something tiring. If you have something specific and certain to work towards, you might be more motivated and you know exactly what to do to achieve that goal.
1. Drink more water every single day, specifically 2.5x your water bottle
I am very bad at this. Like, seriously. I never drink water. Sometimes, I forget. It’s like I’m a cactus. But, I also know how important water is for your health and body. It’s always been part of my goals, but I was always too lazy to do it. So, this time, I decided to make it precise; 2.5x my water bottle. This seems like a more achievable goal because I know I have to fill my water bottle at least 3 times every day. There is a reason behind this 0.5, I have a 27-ounce water bottle and twice the amount is 54 and the minimum water to drink every day according to health specialists is 64 ounces.
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2. Workout consistently even if it is for 10 minutes every day
I know how important it is to exercise or at least move your body. And I feel like I’m not doing enough. We are always on our computers and phones, and we barely do anything physical, especially on holidays. I know I’m active during the weekdays, but I need to work out or move my body around during the weekends. And 10 minutes is more than enough time to do a well-incorporated workout session.
3. Limit screen time, go outside more
This connects to my prior goal, we are on our devices so much, that it’s sometimes like we can’t take our eyes off of them. And if I were to be honest, I do spend a lot of time on my computer or a device compared to when I was younger. So, I decided one of my goals should be to limit the time I spend on my devices and use that time to do something active, indoors or outdoors. Preferably the outdoors!
4. Read more books for January
Last year, after school started, I felt like I never read to my full potential. I know how important literacy is and how some children never get the chance to learn to read, so I realized that I’m wasting my resources and my skills. So, I’ve decided to keep a record where I write down the date, what book I finished reading, and a summary. The summary is to make sure that I read to understand, analyze, and grasp the information instead of mindlessly reading only to get nothing from it. After I started recording my reading, it made me more motivated to extend that list and make it bigger by the end of the year.
5. Try something new that you haven’t experienced before
Humans naturally hesitate to try new stuff, because our instincts warn us and scare us about the challenge ahead. So, this year, one of my new mottos is going to try before you hate it.
We don’t have a lot of time on this earth so why not spend it to the fullest? Experiencing new stuff also puts us out of our comfort zones, increasing our confidence and the chance to take more risks which a lot of successful people took to get to where they are now
6. Don’t Procrastinate with work, do it right now!
This is an important one for me. I am emphasizing this. I always procrastinate, always. And I know there are a lot more people who do it too. So, I’ve decided to try to finish my task right after it’s given to me, of course respecting priority. Low priority later, high priority now. But also I’ve seen that using to-do lists is very motivating and productive. Once you check off one thing, your brain just wants to keep checking off everything until you finish your work. Also, it might be helpful for some people to set reward systems where they reward themselves after they finish their work so the next time, it is more motivating for them.
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7. Be more prepared for school
I always never plan. It’s one of my bad habits. Connecting to my last goal, I always procrastinate, even to plan or prepare something for tomorrow. Like, even deciding what you are going to wear tomorrow is a form of being prepared, so you don’t rush around the next morning panicking about what to wear. I’m still working on not procrastinating and I can already see so much improvement. Like even this blog post you’re reading right now is one of my goals and I didn’t procrastinate doing it. Well… maybe a tiny little bit.
8. Avoid distractions when you work
This is another biggie for me. In this world where we have countless resources on the internet, sometimes we get distracted. Like online games, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, and a lot more social media apps that keep us from doing work every day. I know, I understand, I’ve been there. It is so good to sit there, watch TV, procrastinate, and be as lazy as you can be. But, you haven’t considered the benefits of completing your work now and putting more effort into reaching your full potential. Spoiler alert, there are so many. So, work before play.
9. Eat at least one type of fruit every day
Like I said before, eating healthy is such a broad goal that it seems so hard to do or achieve. And what does eating healthy even mean, what are you supposed to be working towards? That’s why, I made my goal more specific.
Eating at least one fruit every day is way easier and way more motivating than eating healthy. And I know that fruits are not the only stuff you need to eat. But, all kinds of fruits are tasty, and starting there is way easier to make into a habit. If this is something I start to enjoy doing and I automatically eat fruits every day, I can move to incorporate other healthy stuff into my meals every day.
10. Have a smile on your face all the time especially when you wake up
This is kind of a weird one, I know. But waking up with a smile means your whole day turns into a positive, hopeful, and happy day that you look forward to. One way I can achieve this is by remembering that no matter what happens today, tomorrow is a new day and a new, clean slate to start things over. And I know having a smile on your face all the time is so hard considering not everybody has exciting days.
But having a smile on your face is self-love, you’re telling yourself that you are a happy, joyful person and you are not going to back down from anything. And I also read that smiling makes you more beautiful. So if you are not going to do it for yourself, at least do it for the people who see you every day. You never know what other people are going through and a simple, tiny smile can light up their whole day.
I realize I might not achieve all of these goals by the end of January. But let’s be upbeat (according to goal #10) and think positively that I will achieve all of these goals by the end of January. And I have already started working on some of these goals. And I don’t mean for these goals to be a one-time thing like, have I done this at least once this January? No, I want to achieve these goals every day of the 31 days in January.
And I’m going to try my best, because what happens at the beginning of the year, sometimes sets up failure throughout the year because of bad habits formed through free, liberated goals that give too much freedom. Also, I know by heart that every single one of these goals is achievable for a whole month because that’s how I’ve made these goals, easy and attainable. It’s just my laziness stopping me, making me think that these goals are too hard to follow through for a whole month.