I am such a big goal maker. I have so many goals that I have them organized into category based on time to complete by, type of goal and how achievable it is.
Lately though I've been focusing on really small goals. Like I'm talking tiny goals. And you know what, it feels awesome. Every day I write in my planner 1-3 things that I want to get done that day. Sometimes its something really simple like make my bed as soon as I get up, or only spend $30 on groceries, or take out the trash. But by writing down these small things that need to get done it gets them out of my head. Normally I just think the night before of all the small things that need to happen the next day. Then I wake up in the morning and I've forgotten half of them. As the day goes on I try to remember them all and try to keep mentally reminding myself to get them done as soon as I have the chance. It just takes up too much memory space that I don't have. When I put on paper the small things that need to get done, I don't have to constantly remind myself. My mind is free to think of better things.
Plus for me, I always get things done if it's written down. Having a concrete goal that I can cross off as soon as its done is really helpful. Also physically seeing my list dwindle makes my day a little less stressful. And I think everyone can use a little less stress in their life.
I'll end this post with a couple small goal making tips:
1. Write them down. Preferably in a cute planner or whatever you like looking at so goal making is enjoyable.
2. Write them on something you can't lose. I used to write mine on a post it note and then I would lose it and get all stressed about trying to find it or trying to remember everything on it.
3. Write down the biggest of your small goals at the beginning of the week and plan your week so you don't have anything major to do all at once. Spread tings out so it doesn't get overwhelming.
4. Make adjustments. If you have to move things around that's fine as long as you don't put them off indefinitely.
5. Never give yourself a long list. I always like to keep mine to about 5 tasks because then it always seems doable.
So with the approach of summer I thought this would be a good time to set some goals for this summer. Setting goals is really important for me and is something I take really seriously. I read an article once about writing down your goals and keeping accountability. Since Summer is a time that in general isn't too busy it's a really good time to set goals and complete them.
1. Complete some of my "30 before 30" goals
More specifically, the go to Boston and Canada ones! I'll be in upstate NY this summer so I'll be pretty close to each. I really want to go to Boston for the TFiOS premier because one of my friends is from Rhode Island and I want to meet up with her to see it. I really wanted to do Canada last year because I wasn't 21 yet so I would be able to drink there. Oh well. It'll still be fun and then I can use my passport again!
2. Lose 20 lbs
When it comes to weight loss I'm normally not a big fan of keeping track of numbers. I think that what is more important is feeling good and liking the way you look and what your body can do when you are in good shape and live a happy life style. That being said, giving myself a concrete number to work towards will keep me motivated.
3. Watch less Netflix
Last summer I spent most of my time watching Netflix which now looking back was such a waste. This summer I want to concentrate on doing more fun things and taking advantage of whats going on in town.
4. Drink less soda / no soda
I am like fully addicted to diet coke. I always here mixed things about diet sodas. Some people say that as long as it's diet its ok because it's all about calories. And some people say that diet sodas are worse because of all the artificial sugars and stuff. I don't know which side to believe (because I heard diet soda was ok from a doctor and have only heard it's bad from news and magazine articles) but I figure there is nothing wrong with not drinking soda and drinking more water instead.
What are some of your summer goals? xoxo Natalie
So a while ago one of my favorite blogs posted a "25 before 25" post which was 25 goals for before she turns 25 and I was really inspired by it. I remember reading a news article that said that people who write down their goals are more likely to achieve them because it solidifies those goals into something you can see. That same article also said that you should share your goals as much as you can because when you tell other people about your goals you feel a responsibility to complete them. So I am going to post my 30 goals to complete before I turn 30. Some of them are serious and others are more fun.
Here were some posts that inspired me for this
I'll try to keep a running tab on how many of these I complete in a tab above.
What are some of your major goals? xoxo Natalie
A little about me
Natalie. 26. Mechanical engineer. Mining and Minerals Engineering graduate from Virginia Tech. I love pugs, pink, crafting, feminism, makeup, and reading.