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  • Writer's pictureAlana Robin

How to Set Achievable New Year's Goals

With the New Year here, everyone is a buzz with setting resolutions. Each year, I set goals instead of resolutions. I find goals to be more helpful and easier to achieve than resolutions.

Why Should You Set Goals Instead of Resolutions

  1. Achievability: Goals are not all-or-nothing.

  2. Flexibility: Goals can be reached even when there are bumps in the road, which there inevitably will be.

  3. Positivity: Goals are motivating in a positive light, whereas resolutions are negative and inherently imply past failures.

Steps to Setting Achievable Goals

  1. Spend time thinking through where you want to be at the end of the year - no dream is too big! I like to think about my dreams when I am walking home from work and can truly clear my mind.

  2. Write down your vision(s).

  3. Breakdown each vision into key goals - how will you get there? how will you ensure you can quantify/measure each goal?

  4. After you have your goals, break them down into milestones. Having milestones you can reach on the way to your goals will help you stay focused, on track, and motivated.


  • Vision: Be able to spend more time with family

  • One Goal: Get a promotion at work (Promotion = time-off increase, more remote work, more money to travel to see family, etc.)

  • Key Milestones: Work on a large project, close a deal, run a client facing meeting, etc.

Some of My Goals Include...

  • Travel home to Michigan 3+ times

  • Make a meaningful impact at work

  • Consistently reach over 200 daily views on my blog

  • Travel to 3+ places I have never been - I already have one trip booked to Nashville in February!

  • Go to a new restaurant with friends 3+ times per month

  • Take at least 3 hours of "me" time per week

  • Take more time away from my phone...lower than screen time report!

What are your goals for 2019? Let me know in the comments!


Alana Robin

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