I am a goal setter and a black and white thinker. I am either all in or all out. None of this middle of the road stuff for me. So when I set goals I am all in! I do not succeed when I set fuzzy goals like work out three times a week. I need specific dates and times that I schedule into my calendar. I like checking it off of my to do list for the day.
I have my favorite gym I work out at and I am always amazed at how packed it is starting January 1. But by the third week it is back to business as normal and the regulars are on the treadmill. What would happen if you started your resolutions December 1 instead? I remember three years ago I challenged myself to work out at least 30 minutes a day for the month of December. Yes I was in my office doing yoga on Christmas Eve. But man it felt good to reach that goal. It felt even better to know that I did it in the busiest month of the year.
So I am going to challenge you to set your goals for 2016 now and start on them in December. Don't wait to hit the gym in January. Dust off those running shoes and find that gym membership card and start going now. Speaking of dusting, start de-cluttering now as you decorate for the holidays. Donate the holiday items you don't decorate with. Start eating healthy now as December starts and don't wait until the gluttony of the holidays is over. By starting now you will be ahead of the game and the pounds on the scale will be reflective of that. What will your goals of 2016 be? Here are some tips to help you make sure that you are successful.
Find a partner. It is always better with a friend. Having a buddy to keep each other motivated on the journey is so important. I have different friends helping me through my different challenges in life. I know that I can send them a quick text and they will set me right. I do the same for them. It is a great feeling to know that you are not alone in your goals and challenges.
Find a group. Not only is it important to have one person to hold you accountable but there is something about the power of numbers. Whatever your goal is, know there is a group out there for you. You could even join a virtual group by doing a search on Facebook for a group to join
Set realistic goals. Don't set goals that are so far out that they are difficult to see the results. If your ultimate goal is to lose fifty pounds, break it up into smaller pieces in five or ten pound goals. If you want to de-clutter your whole house start one drawer or small area a day. Don't try to organize an entire room in an afternoon.
Reward yourself. Celebrate along the way! As you reach those smaller milestones take time out and reward yourself. If you are trying to be healthy an appointment to get a massage or a movie with friends.
Make yourself a visual reminder. I like printing off a calendar and marking a big red "X" showing that I did it. There is something about knowing I get to mark the day off that gets me motivated. There are apps that will track your progress as well. But for me I love the simplicity of paper and pen.
Take before and after photos. Nothing can motivate you more than a picture. Yes there are the fitness before and after photos but there can be the junk drawer before and after's or the pile of books that you read for 2016. Whatever your goal is, take a picture at the beginning. This picture will help you stay motivated.
By setting goals now for a healthier you now you set yourself up for a great January and be even more energized when everyone else is working towards their goals. Be a step ahead and set yourself up for success!
To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,
Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!