Happy New Year, everyone!!! I can’t believe it’s 2021 already. My greeting is technically one week late. I actually have a good explanation this time. I got a new computer and it’s been an absolute bitch to fix. Apple employees tried their best to help me but my computer is way too old. Everything is good to go now though!
I’m cautious but hopeful for 2021 like many others. How can 2020 go by so fast and slow at the same time? When I look back at 2020 in the future, it’s one year that I will certainly never forget. 2021 has certainly been eventful already although it’s only been one week. I am determined to be different this year; I made two New Years’ resolutions, something I rarely do because I rarely see someone keep his or her resolutions for the entire year. It’s usually only for two months before they give up on their goals.
The problem is that we don’t hold ourselves accountable. We might say our New Year’s goals, stick with it for one to two months before bailing. Not this year, baby. I’ll hold myself accountable by writing down my goals and refer back to them throughout the year so that I stick with them. I encourage you to try it too. By writing down your New Year’s resolutions, you have something concrete to look back. It’s a good self-reminder. However, there are a few things to note when it comes to making goals.
1) Be Realistic
When you’re making goals, it’s important to be realistic. Some people are too ambitious. Being ambitious is good but if you have no plan or small steps to achieve this big goal then it’s easy to give up. Why is it that when we don’t see results after putting in some effort that a lot of us give up so easily? It’s because we set our expectations too high. When we fail to meet them, we give up.
My goal for 2021 is to pump out blog posts every Thursday. I need to stay consistent. This is challenging but doable, which is what you guys should keep in mind when making your goals. If my goal was to post blog content every day, it would be highly unrealistic. Each post takes hours to write. Also, I’ll burn out. This is the last thing I would ever want because this is my blog is a passion project.
It wouldn’t be realistic to say that I will never skip a Thursday post. It’s extremely important to me that I’m consistent with writing and posting. However, there will be moments where I am feeling lazy and then it becomes difficult to get back on track. I will write as much as I can so I can simply schedule my posts for the times I don’t feel like writing. This will buy me time. Let’s say I fall off the wagon for a week. I’ll have one backup post but then there will be no excuses for next week. It will be challenging at first but once I develop a habit, it will come easy to me. It also helps that my blog is slowly gaining more attention. Who’s going to want to read and follow a blog that doesn’t post often?
You know yourself best. Set a goal that is challenging but not to the point of impossible. If you do, it will be like all the other years where you’ve had New Year Goals and they failed.
2) If your goal is something you’re not that excited about, pick what you like to do or least painful
My second and final goal is getting back to my pre-quarantine weight and more. I gained weight the past few months because I haven’t been exercising as regularly as pre-COVID. My current clothes are feeling a little tight. They’re not as comfortable in the past. I miss those times where I can wear them comfortably. I will get back to my original weight by exercising multiple times a week.
Now, who here is excited about losing weight? Not me. It’s more of an ‘ugh, I need to lose weight and be healthy again.’ I like to lounge around at home. I wish I was more active but I’m not. If I had to pick my favourite types of exercises, it’s walking and following dance tutorials on YouTube. I enjoy dancing and although I look crazy and uncoordinated, it’s fun. I can dance to some of my favourite songs (I try to sing along sometimes too albeit badly). Those dance workouts are harder than people think! There’s a lot of jumping and you have to move quickly to the beat. I find myself sweating after each workout without fail but there’s also a lot of laughter when I can’t follow the video. This is a great indoor exercise, especially during COVID.
I love to go on walks as an outdoor exercise. The fresh air is great. I like putting in my earphones and walking around quieter areas. It’s really peaceful and relaxing. I am taking COVID into account so I’m being mindful of how many times I go out.
Losing weight is a common goal for everyone, especially the New Year. If you’re like me and dislike to exercise, find ones you like to do, or is the least painful. Don’t force yourself to do activities you don’t like. You’ll have even less motivation. Find something that will fit into your lifestyle and you will enjoy instead. It’s already hard adjusting to something new and you want to make it as easy as possible for yourself. I wouldn’t lie and say it’s easy. The adjustment period, in the beginning, is extremely tough but it eventually will become your new ‘normal.’
3) Find ways to fit your new goals into your lifestyle
YouTube is my best friend for dance workouts. I will create several dance playlists so that the videos will play one after another. Searching and deciding on each workout video is time-consuming. If I organize these videos beforehand, I can effectively work out for 30 minutes nonstop rather than pausing after each workout video to find another one.
I need to make several dance workout video playlists because I want a variety. I’m thinking to organize it by day. For example, if I decide that I’m going to work out Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays then I will have a separate playlist for each day. This is going to take some work in the beginning but I know myself well. Exercising is not my favourite activity. A slight inconvenience might cause me to not want to work out.
If you’re a night owl like me, waking up early to do an activity I don’t enjoy sounds excruciating. I wish I was a morning person because then I would schedule my workouts in the morning. Realistically, this isn’t happening. I prefer to exercise at night. Again, do what works for you. Everyone is different.
If you have your own blog, you can create a blog post like mine so it’s something you can refer back to. This post is going to be something I will keep looking back on throughout the year. It will help me remind myself to stay focused on my goals especially when I’m falling off the wagon.
If you don’t have a blog, no problem! You can also consider writing it down. Keep that piece of paper somewhere nearby or stick it up on your fridge/wall. Put it in a place that you’ll see it frequently so it’s a constant reminder.
There will be times it’s going to be hard but you need to remember to push yourself even when you’re not feeling it. That’s what discipline is. You can’t only do things when you’re in the mood. Stay on your own lane, put in consistent effort and you will be able to see your efforts pay off.
I hope 2021 is a better year for everyone. 2020 has been wild. So much has happened but I know I’ll be able to look back one day and be proud of myself for surviving this year. You should be too. What are your goals for this year? What’s something you were proud of last year?