How to Create Personal Goals For 2020
Updated: Jan 7
The New Year is here and with that comes new goals and expectations for the decade. I'm excited to set new goals for myself fiscally, professionally, and personally. I'm also excited to share with you a few questions to ask yourself when deciding what your personal goals are for 2020.
Making new personal goals can happen at any time during the year but for some reason, Jan 1st just seems like the perfect time to start making changes. When setting my new goals, I tend to target tough questions that need to be addressed and keep me on track to achieve my goals.
Before you start creating goals, spend some time thinking about what you want to achieve and if it's realistic for the current you.
If you aren't sure where to start, ask your self these questions:
1. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
You can have multiple large goals
Do you want to go to Bali? Reduce your student debt? Become your own boss?
Well, whatever it is, write it down.
Hate to break it to you, but no matter how good you think your memory is you're bound to forget something. Writing down your goals for the new year provides clarity.
And don't just write it on a small piece of paper.
Create a vision board or oversized sticky note, just make sure its visible.
It will remind you daily that this is what you are striving for.
It'll also hold you accountable. If you ever feel like you aren't meeting that goal, when you look at it, you should be motivated to get back on track.
Now that you've written down that large goal
2. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO REACH MY GOAL?
Have you aligned yourself properly
To me, this is the most important step.
Every goal needs a plan.
Without a plan, your goal is nothing more than a daydream. Daydreams are cute, but if you want actual results you'll need to take actionable steps to make it happen.
CREATING AN ACTIONABLE PLAN:
For each goal, list out the things that need to be accomplished to complete it. For example, if your goal is to " save more money," then an actionable step would be to "create a budget."
- If you're needing a little help with budgeting, check out Federal Student Aid's tips on how to budget. The tips are simple, easy, and will go a long way to help you achieve your goals.
- If you are someone like me who likes to date and color code things, consider getting a planner. This can be a basic planner that you find in Walmart or Target but the goal is to use it daily. HuffPost created an article on the best planners for students. Check it out.
3. IS IT SPECIFIC ENOUGH?
the devil is in the details
Review your goals and actionable steps. Are they specific enough?
Goals that are specific have a significantly greater chance of being accomplished. If you can try to answer questions like:
What do I want to accomplish?
When do I want to accomplish this goal?
Why do I want to accomplish this goal?
If you can answer these then you're on the right track.
THREE OF MY 2020 GOALS
Save for a month-long trip to Europe
I want to make traveling more of a staple in my life. Am I ready to leave my 9 to 5 to travel full time? No. But I am ready to see more of the world.
I plan on taking a certain percentage out of my monthly paycheck and transferring that to a savings account specifically for traveling. I also plan on cutting out unnecessary spending like eating out and excessive buying.
Finding a graduate program to further my education.
After finishing my undergraduate program and taking a gap year, I'm finally ready to go back to school. I've been looking for a program that will allow me the flexibility to work a 9-5 and go to school. I'm so excited to go back.
Education cost. So, I've decided to create a traveling and school budget that way I can get the best of both worlds. Right now, I'm on track with my school savings.
I plan on documenting, blogging, and sharing my professional development process on social media to keep myself accountable.
Expand my creative practices.
The best thing about taking a gap year is that it allowed me to rest mentally and explore other interests. Throughout this year, I found that I like to write. Not only for myself but for other people as well.
I'd like to leverage my social media profile to create another source of income as well. Be prepared to read about that journey.
BY THE END OF 2020, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:
1. What program will allow me the most flexibility to work full time and go to school?
2. How am I going to incorporate self-care practices?
3. What opportunities should I entertain to further my professional career?
I plan on signing up for classes starting in the summer and reading 2 books that focus on productivity so I can create a better self.
Now that I've shared my three main goals for the new year, what are your 2020 goals? Comment below?
Thanks for reading,