Intentions, New Years resolution or goal setting. However you want to define it, it’s good idea to think about how you will spend 2019, and what your focus will be. For the purposes of this blog post I use goals, intentions and New Years resolutions all interchangeably, as to me it’s all the same thing - thinking about and striving for something we may want to change, update, grow, reflect on, look forwards to or accomplish!
“Once my intentions are on paper somehow it becomes more of a reality.”
Whether it’s fitness goals, personal development, career development, picking up a new hobbie, or simply making more time to spend with family or friends, once we envision and think about what our focus will be, and write our goals down, we are more likely to achieve them and poof, they become a reality.
A tip that works for me personally and it may also work for you too, is to just put pen to paper, and start writing down and brainstorming the top 5 or more things you want to either change, grow in, or something you want to update, accomplish and/or do more of! Pick your top 5 things you know you are more likely to accomplish. Prioritize your top 5 from 1 - 5, number 1 being your most important intention to accomplish.
Writing intentions down can not only help you focus and give you an opportunity to look back at progress during the year, but also if you need to adjust your sails and reproritze. I have seen first hand how writing my intentions helps me achieve what I envisioned for myself. Looking back at my notes, seeing how much progress I’ve made either along the way or at the end of the year, feels good.
“Pen to paper…”
Lastly, the more specific your goals are, with setting a specific timeline, this is where you can better track your goals to see if you’re on track. From my personal experience it is also a good way to routinely pulse check and holds me accountable to attaining a goal more timely, rather than pushing it to the next month or year.
To give you an example, when choosing a goal like, I will read 1 book per month or 12 books by year end, this is specific and sets a timeline so you know if you’ve achieved it, or at least were close to achieving it. If we just say I’ll read more, will we in fact read more? Maybe, but I find it’s less guaranteed.
In summary to help get you thinking and brainstorming your intentions for 2019, here are the steps you can take to make the process easier:
Pen to Paper - write down 5 or more things you want to accomplish in 2019. It can be fun to get a new notebook and jot them there but if not any peice of paper will suffice.
Pick your top 5 if you’ve written down more than 5. It’s okay if you have more than 5, just do the next step.
Prioritize your top 5 from 1 - 5, number 1 being your most important intention to accomplish.
Make your intentions and goals more specific with a timeline to try to at least achieve it by year end or maybe even a shorter timeframe, like in a week’s or even a month’s time.
Good luck! For some inspiration and for a peak at my 2019 intentions list, keep reading. I have noted my top 5 in brackets and in bold, #1 being the most important for me to accomplish in 2019. I do technically list 8 items below that I’m thinking about accomplishing.
Intentions for 2019…
More self-care. One of the ways I want to make sure of this is by booking monthly massages (at least 12/year). My next one is this Saturday, February’s already booked! (#1 Priority)
Read more! Yes I’ve given it as an example above as I want to do it too!! I’ll have 12 books read by year end! I’ve joined the Wild woman book club in Calgary (partnered with The Ace Class) the intention of joining this book club is to keep me accountable, keep me reading, and engaged.
Declutter my closet and bathroom by summer! It’s become very cluttered since I moved into my place 6 years ago, especially my closet, I just keep adding and not purging enough. I have been putting it off FOREVER, but with the Tidying Up series on Netflix with Marie Kondo I’m getting motivated to declutter and purge. (#2 Priority)
Trying new fitness classes, new yoga teachers, new yoga styles and at least three new studios! (Already I’ve gone to one new studio as I got an unlimited 30 day trail at a studio I’ve never practised at, Yoga Santosha in Mission). (#3 Priority)
Networking/ meeting new people, both professionally and personally. I’ve recently joined the Ace Class and hope to meet more like minded strong and empowered women. I also plan to book monthly coffees with peers of mine in industry. For January I have two coffees already booked!
Write more! This is why I started the blog finally! To help me in this goal I also bought a notebook of 500 writing prompts (see image below), so I can write and open my mind to different topics and ideas. By year end I want to at least populate 100 out of the 500 writing prompts. (#4 Priority)
Expanding and growing my website and blog! Posting content at least once a week, if not more (at least 4 posts/month and 52 posts/year)! (#5 Priority)
Photography - continuing my hobby of picture taking and moving beyond my iPhone - a journey of learning more about editing photos, taking better shots and figuring out my Sony mirrorless camera. I only started to get into photography last year, so I’m completely new to this picture taking thing on a real non-iPhone camera. By year end I want to increase my knowledge and learn more about rule of thirds, taking portraits, nature shots, and editing raw images.
What intentions/goals/new year resolutions will you write down? maybe even accomplish by year end?
Please share in comments, one or all 5 of your top intentions. I’d love to hear what you’ll be setting to accomplish this year.
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