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I’ve realised lately that I am a goal-orientated person. I’ve always had goals, but I’ve never really thought about how much they motivate me or how driven I am by them. If I really set my mind on something, I can usually find the energy and drive to achieve it. So this has got me thinking lately: I’m setting some new goals to help make some changes, try new things, and even give some stuff up.
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Setting goals is a good way to challenge yourself, to feel like you are growing, or to help make positive changes to your life. They can help break up the routine that we often find ourselves stuck in, and help put a new perspective on things. You can set goals in all areas of your life: home, health, fitness, work, diet, hobbies, the list goes on.
The key is to set a realistic but slightly challenging goal. If you set a goal that is unachievable, you are less likely to achieve it, which means you feel de-motivated to set any new goals.
Here are some of my current goals:
Try something new
I’ve been trying to cook new recipes each week for some time now; I’ve even tried building more vegan and veggie recipes in to my week as much as I can.
So to take this one step further, I am going to carry on trying a new recipe, but I will also use a new ingredient every week. Something I’ve never cooked with before or have never eaten before.
Make a change
This goal is about making a change to my daily routine. My least productive time of day is between when I finish work – around 16:00/17:00 – and when I have my tea. It’s the time I feel most tired and have little energy after standing up most of the day in work, and using a lot of brain power to do my job. I often feel both physically and mentally drained. I’m also often at home on my own as my partner hasn’t arrived home from work – she often works later than I do.
I have decided to give up scrolling through Facebook and Instagram from the time I finish work until after my tea. I find I do this a lot without really thinking about it. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy using Facebook and Instagram, but I just need to reduce the time I spend on it. I do it as a form of entertainment or to see what is going on in my social network world, and as a distraction technique to keep my mind busy.
It also sets the tone for the rest of my evening: it makes me feel more more tired, and I often just want have a sleep, which can impact on my sleep at night time; it also means I don’t get other jobs done, or make good use of my time.
I know I need to rest if I am tired, but constantly scrolling through my phone is not the best use of my time for me – for some people it may be just what they need. I don’t always want to connect with someone else’s life or see what other people are doing.
Instead, for that time period, I will focus on how I can use that time more wisely, that will be more beneficial to me. I will read my book, do some chores, work on my blog, go for a walk, play with my dogs; anything except scrolling through my phone.
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Give something up
I’m not good at giving stuff up, especially if it’s something I enjoy. My approach to life is that it is for living and my preference is always for enjoying things in life. So this goal was pretty tough to come up with.
I have decided to give up the large bottles of beer or lager that I’ve had a lot of lately. The 620 ml bottles, that don’t fit in to a pint glass. I don’t need such a large drink; they just include extra calories and make me go to the loo more. I may have one for a special occasion, such as on my birthday, or at Christmas, but I certainly won’t be having them as often as I have been.
What new goals can you set for yourself?
Have you tried anything new lately?
Can you suggest a goal for me to try? I’m up for new ideas 😊
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