Kicking off the New Year I went to a detox yoga workshop with Libby Murfey. It was 75 minutes vinyasa flow and 30 minutes dedicated to discussing goals and resolutions. With self-improvement at the front of everyone's thoughts, it's was time to set intentions and map out a plan to achieve our goals.
It's all about regular habits to make positive choices that will get you to the finish line. In the workshop, we got tips and tricks from book Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin.
Making a few changes in our daily life really is the key to success! Pumped and motivated to achieve our goals it was time to make the official game plan. The Better Than Before book has a fabulous goal mapping project that I used to design my own project plan. If you're not familiar with Rubin's work I highly recommend her book! She provides great insight into creating healthy habits to live a life you'll love. There are also fantastic tips to stay on track when you're feeling discouraged.
No matter if you're learning a new skill, focusing on fueling you're body with healthier foods, or even trying to save money like me it's those small habits that we adapt in our daily life that makes the change! Check out the goal mapping project that I created to save $1,200 in the next 12 weeks after going through the goal mapping process in my detox workshop!
The Better Than Before goal map is set to 13 weeks and for my very Type A personality I shortened it to 12 weeks. It made it easier to do the calculations and sets my goal map to align with the end of Q1 so I can set new goals each quarter! Simple enough right?
Maybe some of you are feeling overwhelmed. Reaching your goal is easy when you break things down. It's all about implementing new habits to make the change. Take a deep breathe and read on because I'm going to give you all the resources you need!
I, _____________, will achieve this goal to______________________ by ___________________
Make that promise to yourself. Yes, really write it down. It makes it real and becomes an action item instead of just a daydream.
I am motivated to accomplish my goal because ____________________________.
Why are you motivated to accomplish this goal? For myself, it is important to build back up my savings after all my recent travels and have a safety net when emergencies happen. I'm motivating myself to make this change today and will continue to implement the habits I develope moving forward!
It's as simple as:
Pick three things that you will do on a daily basis to achieve your goal. I've decided to make changes to some of my spending habits and set aside extra time to make more money. By simply making my own coffee at home and bringing a lunch to work I'm reminded daily that I am focusing on my savings. I don't even have to think about where I'm at in the process because I calculated the savings while making my action items.
Treat yourself right by ______________________________ because you're worth it!
Do something nice to celebrate your achievement. Be proud of your hard work and reward yourself for making it to the end. A new outfit always motivates me and investing in yoga gear will me incentive me to keep going to yoga class. I'm also looking forward to enjoying a café coffee, but to keep this new habit of saving I'm going with a gift card to limit my visits and be encouraged to keep making my regular cup of joe at home before heading out the door.
We're not done just yet. Now that we have the big picture outlines it's time to make a list of action items!
- Develop your Goal Map - Yippee! You're almost done
- Implement those "Daily Effort" action item.
- Don't forget the impact the changes will have on to your daily routine when implementing your new habits
What changes do you need to make daily, weekly, and monthly to meet your goal? Those $4.50 daily lattes and ~$12 lunches I was buying downtown every Monday through Friday totaled to $990 over the next twelve weeks.
That's greater than 80% of my goal! However, I have to factor in new expenses that I'll incur now that I'll be making my own coffee and bringing my own lunch to work every day. I budgeted to spend $65 a week to make my own food on week days coming to a total of $780 over of the next quarter. That just dropped my +80% come up back down to less than 20% of my goal.
This is where my side-hustle comes into play. I am a part-time stylist with the freedom to add on more hours at my own leisure. I calculated that by working an extra five hours a week that I will make an extra $990 dollars to get me to goal! This is where I identify two days a week to work 2.5 more hours from my usual schedule. Choose the days and times that you're going to work on those "Daily Efforts" from your list. No matter what!!! If you don't set a time, you'll put it off all day and you'll get busy.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Create calendar reminders to be accountable for your commitments to get you to your goal!
I'm paid every Friday so I marked which Fridays I would set aside $200 specifically for this goal. That way I know where I'm at every step of the way and get back to focusing on my day to day!
Designing a road map to achieve your goals with actions items and daily steps will be key to your success! Check out Better Than Before (if you haven't already) for more tips and tricks to keep you motivated along the way. Good luck!