Five Goals to Set for Yourself This Year
We’ve all experienced goal setting before. Whether we resolve to work out more, spend less money or meditate daily—it can be hard to know what kind of goals are realistic, achievable and beneficial. So we’re outlining 5 goals you can make in 5 different areas of your life: physical, mental, social, financial and environmental, that will set you up for success.
While competing in a triathlon or hiking the Grand Canyon are certainly admirable physical goals—they’re also a little lofty. If you’re looking to improve your physical health this year and aren’t sure where to start it’s always a good idea to start small. For instance, aim to get 10,000 steps in a couple of days a week or drink more water throughout the day. Once you’ve achieved your small goals you can continue to escalate them. If you’re new to fitness or just looking to get a little healthier this year, try logging and tracking your health goals with our Online Health Coach.
Just like lofty physical goals, life gets in the way and it may be difficult to try and achieve a mental goal that’s set for every single day. Instead, start by scheduling some “me time” into your calendar. Block out some time a few days a week and use it to prioritize self-care. Maybe it’s just one hour of no social media or 30 minutes of reading a book. Remember you can always tack on more after getting into a good rhythm.
You don’t always have to be the life of the party to connect with others. If you tend to be a homebody or skip out on events because life is too busy, start prioritizing small social goals. Schedule a phone call or face time once a week with loved ones. You can catch up or do a virtual activity that helps you bond.
Small savings goals can add up to big financial gains. One great way to start saving right away is to cut back on takeout and delivery. When you cook meals at home, you’re more likely to maintain an overall healthier diet and save money. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite foods from your favorite restaurants, just limit takeout days to special occasions or once or twice a month.
There are so many different ways to “go green” that it can feel overwhelming. If you’re looking to find measurable ways to reduce your carbon footprint—you guessed it, start small! Add a houseplant or two to your indoor space—it helps improve air quality and reduce toxins that may be in the home.