As 2022 is coming to a close, and 2023 is about to begin, it is a great time to think about your year in review, and decide on the progress that you have made toward your goals.
Have you accomplished what you set out to do this year?
It can be a time to celebrate wins, a time for introspection, and a time to reevaluate our priorities and how we go about going after them.
While you take some time to look back at the year in review, and think about what went write or wrong, you can do some journaling and reflect. You can think about your intentions that you set this year, and decide if you have made those intentions into a reality.
If you journal regularly and write out your goals, it is easier to take time to reflect on how things have gone. So, if you haven’t been journaling this year, it may be a habit that you want to pick up for the new year!
There are many benefits of journaling, in addition to keeping a record of your goals and your progress towards them. You can also do a gratitude journal or write morning pages. Either of these is a great habit to add to your routine as well.
Be gentle with yourself
While you are going through your year in review, be sure to be gentle with yourself. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you didn’t meet your goals. This can be a time to look at what went wrong and reevaluate how you’re going about trying to meet them.
It may be that your goals are too difficult, or that they are not specific or measurable enough. Having goals that are too vague is a big reason that many of us don’t meet them.
If your goal was to “get healthy” then it is possible that you did some part of that. For example, maybe you started going to the gym, or drinking more water. But you didn’t work on your eating habits so you feel like a failure.
Look at the progress that you DID make this year, and be proud of yourself for that!
Deconstructing your progress this way can also help you to see that you have accomplished quite a lot, as well as seeing areas where you fell short. Then, going into the new year, you can work on making your goals more specific and concrete so it will be easier to meet them.
Take some extra time for self-care as you are going through this process too, so that you will be feeling your best not just for the goals you are setting, but for the winter holidays as well.
Make a vision board
This is one of my favorite tasks to do for the new year, as it allows me to express my creativity, and to think differently than I usually do. Every year, I grab a big poster board, and then cut out a bunch of pictures of things that inspire me from magazines. Then I design them around themes that emerge, and use this as the beginning of my mission and goals for the year.
Here are some additional tips for getting started with your New Year’s Resolutions, including how to set SMART goals, which will be easier to meet than vague goals.