It’s a New Year, and a chance to get started off on the right foot! It’s also a time to look back and see if you kept New Year resolutions you promised to keep last year. And, whether you kept your resolutions or not, you may be curious to know what other people listed as their top new year’s goals for 2013. Not surprisingly, losing weight tops the charts along improving finances and exercise. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, quit smoking, or make 2014 the year you purchase or list your home, here are a few tips that can help make your goals a reality:
1.) Be Specific – How much weight do you want to lose? How much money do you want to save each month? Write down your specific goals and share them with your friends & family to help you stay accountable.
2.) Be Realistic – If you need to lose 50 lbs, don’t try to lose it all in one month. Set a reasonable goal each week and focus on accomplishing that goal each week. Same goes for finances. If you’re trying to save money for a down payment on a house focus on the small things you can do each day to save that will add up in the long run.
3) Set a Time Frame – Where do you want to be in 1 month? 3 months? What about 6 months or a year from now? Set goals for each of these time frames in mind and work to achieve one at a time.
4) Keep a Log – Track your progress & celebrate your success! There are lots of apps and programs online that can help you keep track of everything from weight-loss & exercise goals, financial goals, and any other goals you may have for 2014.