Keeping Your Reading & Writing Goals

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We all know how to make resolutions. That’s easy. I am guilty of being overly ambitious always e.g. ‘I’m going to read 100 books this year,’ ‘I want to double my youtube subscribers,’ ‘I want to learn a new skill every month…’ And the list goes on.

Whilst I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with being ambitious or setting goals (my life couldn’t function without them) I think that it’s important to know how to keep them. Failing to reach a goal sucks and unfortunately, I know this from personal experience. But I’ve tried to learn from my failures and I think that I am much more goal-savey these days. Below I’ve popped 3 ways that will help you keep those 2015 reolutions.

1. Choose wisely

This might seem obvious, but I’ve made this mistake so many times! I choose a goal that is unrealistic – something that I know I won’t be able to complete/fit into my daily life. Don’t do that to yourself! It’s great to be ambitious and you need to challenge yourself, but try to remain realistic. If something seems like it might be too unreachable, then knock it down a little e.g. turn ‘I’m going to run a marathon,’ into ‘I’m going to run a half-marathon at the end of the summer and see how things go from there.’

2. Chart your progress

Do you see that beautiful sheet in the photo at the top of this post? That’s the creation of Elise Blaha, a self-confessed goal addict (and a lady after my own heart). Tangibly seeing your progress in black and white before you is incredibly motivating. I love filling in those little circles every time I complete my daily goal and it’s so satisfying to see how far I’ve come. You can buy this reusable print-out for just $7 or make your own.

3. Reward Yourself

What I wouldn’t do for a piece of red velvet cake… I know for sure that if I have that piece of cake in sight then I will run those 5 miles/write 1000 words/finish reading that book etc. And a reward definitely doesn’t have to be food. Go to the cinema or buy yourself a new bookmark – anything that you know you’ll like. If you can see a treat at the end of it then you a far more likely to stay on track.

So that’s it – pretty simple, but simplicity is key for me this year ;). Coming soon will be a video about my specific reading resolutions in 2015 and I’m keen to know what you think!

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