Setting Goals for the New Year and Beyond

Setting goals is a way of life. When you’re younger you say you want to learn all of your times tables by the end of the year, or how to spell a big word. As you get older your goals get bigger and bigger and by the time you reach adulthood – it’s easy to set your mind to goals that may be unattainable.

I find the “New Year New Me” Facebook status’ as irritating as the next person, but at the same time, I feel that working towards something is a positive thing, as long as it’s done in a healthy way.

Here are some tips for setting and achieving goals for 2018 and beyond:

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1. Make Sure That You’re Setting the Goal for Yourself

This may sound straightforward but I want to you think about this for a moment. Have you ever set a goal for yourself, because you feel that you should? Maybe someone has pressured you to change something about yourself to make them happy, even if it’s not what you want.

If the goal you’re setting is something that you want to achieve for yourself, and not for someone else’s benefit, you’re far more likely to be motivated to succeed.

2. Be Realistic

Make sure that the goal you set is genuinely achievable. If you set the bar too high, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, frustration and a dent to your ego.

3. Take Inspiration from Others

Do some research, ask around. Find someone who has already been there and achieved their goals. Everyone’s circumstances are different but you may be able to learn some great tips to help you on your way.

4. Stay Committed

Chances are, the goals that you set yourself won’t be overnight changes. They will take time, energy and hard work. If you set out to achieve a goal halfheartedly, you may as well just give up at the first hurdle. If you’re like me and tend to always visualize the worst case scenario, you’re going to have hundreds of opportunities to talk yourself out of your goals. Do what you can to block out those negative thoughts. The only thing standing between you and success is yourself.

Stay focused and the results will be worth it, I promise.

5. Make Your Goals Public

As we come to the end of 2017. I’ve decided to set myself some (hopefully) realistic goals for the year ahead. At this time next year – I’ll re-visit the list and see how many I managed to do! I’m fully accountable to my readers – so you can absolutely give me a hard time if I don’t reach them all. I’m using you folks as my motivation to stick to my goals.

Blogging Goals

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Work with More Brands

I already have some great affiliate posts coming up in the New Year but I always welcome the opportunity to work with new brands.

Collaborate with another blogger

If you’re interested, just drop me a line!

Grow My Social Media Following

My social media following has grown so much already since I started blogging. I passed 1000 followers on Twitter this month already and I hope to keep growing it in 2018. I also hope to reach at least 1000 on Instagram next year. I started a Facebook page for this blog just before Christmas and I would like to reach at least 500 likes there too!

Start Up a Mailing List

I’ve already started to get the ball rolling with this one. I really should’ve had one from the beginning but as I work so much in my full time job, I’ve had to prioritise other things!

 

General Life Goals

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Move House

I’m hoping to move in with Amy by mid-2018. This is pretty much a guarantee at this stage but I thought I’d put it in my list anyway because I’m so excited.

Learn a New Skill

This year it was HTML and SEO. SEO is constantly changing so I will be keeping up with that in 2018 but I’d also like to learn how to take better photographs. Watch this space!

Gain a Qualification

I’d like to do a course in Digital Marketing or Social Media, something that I can link in with my blog!

Read More Books

I have quite a few books sitting on my shelf that I haven’t got round to reading yet. Since I started blogging, I’ve had less time for reading as all my spare time is spent writing and promoting my posts. I’m going to set myself a specific goal of reading 10 books and if I read more than that, what a bonus!

See More Live Music

Usually at this time of year I have more concerts and shows planned but at the moment I just have one set of tickets to see the Wombats in March.

Stop Spending Money on Things I Don’t Really Need

I think we’re all guilty of this from time to time. There are plenty of things I want to save for in the next year so I’m using them as motivation to think twice before splashing the cash!

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If you’re setting goals/New Years resolutions for 2018, I’d love to hear about them. Please leave me a comment below or send me a message on any of my social media channels!

I’d also really like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has read and supported my blog so far. The amount of support and encouragement I have received has been unbelievable and I have a lot of great plans ahead for 2018.

Wishing you all a happy new year and I will see you in 2018!  x

30 Comments

  1. December 29, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    The tips for setting goals were really helpful and have helped with deciding on my 5 goals for the next year. I love your goals too, in regards to qualification the Google Digital Certificate is free and great to do, I did it recently and learnt loads. I’ve also started listening to podcasts which focus on blogging like The Blog Millionaire, there’s tons of tips there! 🙂 Have an amazing 2018!

    • megansays
      Author
      December 29, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Hi Emma – thank you so much for reading. I’m going to look into the Google Digital Certificate now – that sounds perfect. Did you get that podcast on iTunes? x

  2. December 29, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    These are great tips, and great goals for yourself! I like to use the SMART acronym to guide my goal making so that my resolutions are more effective and achievable. Also, as a reader I’m glad to see you are going to make more time for books! What kind of reading do you like to do?

    • megansays
      Author
      December 30, 2017 / 2:54 pm

      Hi Jordan!

      I love reading YA books and autobiographies but I’ll give anything a go – feel free to send recommendations. Thank you for reading and happy new year! x

  3. December 29, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    Really good tips =)

  4. December 29, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post! Making your goals public definitely makes you feel more accountable and committed, and it’s something you can look back on to see how far you’ve come. I also want to make time to read more next year. I wrote a blog post about saving money (kinda) if you’re interested? And if you ever want to collab… let me know! Wishing you the best for 2018!
    Chloe x
    https://chloeluye.wordpress.com/2017/12/29/january-challenge-a-month-without-shopping/

    • megansays
      Author
      December 29, 2017 / 11:29 pm

      Hi Chloe thank you so much for reading! I would love to collaborate – what did you have in mind? Drop me a DM on Twitter! X

  5. December 30, 2017 / 1:40 am

    We really have some similar goals, expecially blog wise… Hopefully both will reach them!

  6. December 30, 2017 / 11:46 am

    That first tip for goal setting is so true! I know I have definitely been guilty of that in the past when I have had exes who didn’t love me for me and wanted me to change. Thankfully my partner now only wants me to change what I want to change, and wants me to be happy so that’s all good 🙂 He is incredibly supportive of my goals.
    You’ve got some great goals there, I hope you find some great books to read in your 10 books goal. I will be adding to your social media goal and giving you a follow on Twitter.
    Good Luck for your goals and here’s to an awesome 2018!
    x

    • megansays
      Author
      December 30, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      I am so so glad to hear that you’re happy in your current relationship and that you’re being treated as well as you deserve <3

      Thank you so much for the follow - I have followed you right back and I can't wait to see your blogging journey in the new year!

      xx

    • megansays
      Author
      December 30, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      I’m so happy that you’re in a great relationship now and that you’re being treated the way you deserve to be. Thank you so much for following me – I’ve followed back and I can’t wait to follow your blogging journey in 2018! xx

  7. Jessica
    December 30, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Making goals public is always helpful! Plus I need to choose more books to read in my life.

  8. December 31, 2017 / 2:20 am

    Hi Megan, Thanks for the New Year’s inspiration! I really loved your suggestions for resolutions and reading your 2018 goals. I wish you the best of luck!
    Happy New Year!
    Beth || http://www.TheStyleBouquet.com

  9. December 31, 2017 / 2:45 am

    Digging the “realistic” advice — so often I find myself shooting for the stars and ending up a little defeated. This year, I think I’m going to set a goal for each month and start them out nice and simple! I also like that you split it up into blogging goals and general life goals, so good to have both!

    • megansays
      Author
      December 31, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Emma – and good luck in completing all of your monthly goals – I’m sure you’ll smash it.

      Happy New Year 🙂 x

  10. December 31, 2017 / 11:38 am

    A useful set of tips. It is all too easy to set a goal, and then let it fall by the wayside after a few days/weeks/months, especially when you realise they are too much.

    • megansays
      Author
      December 31, 2017 / 12:20 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Ashley – Happy New Year! x

  11. December 31, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    These are awesome goal-setting tips that definitely line up with my own experiences in making and keeping resolutions. I think being specific is also important–i.e. saying “go to the gym 3 times a week” rather than “go to the gym more.” Happy New Year!

    • megansays
      Author
      January 1, 2018 / 2:41 pm

      Yessss you’re just right Robin “go to the gym more” could mean once more than last year ? happy new year x

  12. Beth
    December 31, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    These are good guidelines to help us set realistic goals. I’ve failed so many times by either dreaming too big or more likely, not putting enough effort into making them happen.

  13. December 31, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    I love the idea of making your goals public. I feel like if I don’t post about them – they may not happen! Happy New Year!

    xx
    The Felicia Renee | a minimalist lifestyle & beauty blog

  14. January 1, 2018 / 1:15 pm

    I am about to set some Goals. Just going to make a draft and then put them up in my Bullet Journal. Thanks for your post – nice & clear and also well put!

  15. January 1, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    Fantastic post Megan! I opted out of setting blog posts straight away this year, because I really want to sit down and think about what it is that I need to do next x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

    • megansays
      Author
      January 1, 2018 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Rebecca! Happy New Year! X

  16. January 2, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    Your goals are super admirable! My two main goals are to make sure my boys bond with their sister (who will be born in the next 19 Days!) and to get back to my goal weight and fitness level by my anniversary in October.

  17. January 3, 2018 / 1:28 am

    I totally agree with setting realistic goals and they must be for you and not because of something someone else wants you to do. It’s much easier to stay motivated when it is something dear to you.

    • megansays
      Author
      January 3, 2018 / 9:26 am

      You’re so right!! Thank you so much for reading – happy new year LeeAnn xx

  18. January 3, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    These are fantastic goals girl! Happy New Year! You’re going to rock 2018!

  19. Thena Franssen
    January 12, 2018 / 11:47 am

    Great job with wanting to make those goals public. We can all help you achieve! Cheers my friend!

    • megansays
      Author
      January 12, 2018 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks so much Thena x

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