31 Dec Evaluating Your 2018 Goals
It’s already the end of 2018! I can’t believe how quickly the year flew by! With the end of the year also comes an opportunity to start off with a bang in the new year. But first, I find it helpful to look back at the previous year to celebrate successes and determine what I want to work on in the new year.
After setting New Year goals, I find it useful to do a few checkups throughout the year to keep myself on track to complete or follow as many resolutions as I can: one a few months after setting goals, another half way through the year, a check in a few months before year-end, and lastly, a year-end reflection to see how I did and what I would like to do in the new year.
Things to keep in mind when evaluating your own goals:
1. Note what overall changes happened for you throughout the year
This is a great opportunity to look back at the previous year and compare what you wanted to improve on back then, with where you are at now.
If things feel nearly the same, that is okay! Perhaps the goals you set were not appropriate with where you want to be or perhaps you aimed a bit too high for where you were at in the year. Evaluating your goals is a great way to look back and determine what caused goals to not be met and to set better, more targeted goals moving forward
2. Note which habits you gained from
Not all habits give you the positive outcomes you may have anticipated. Think about the habits you have created throughout the year, good and bad, and determine which ones you want to continue with or expand on as well. You can also note which habits you would like to create, improve on, or get rid of all together.
3. Celebrate successes
Highlight the awesome things that happened this year by writing them down and saving any pictures or keepsakes from them so you remember the good times. You can even keep mementos from the goals you completed so you can look back and inspire your future self.
4. Remember not to beat yourself up over goals that were not completed
This year I wanted to practice mindfulness every day, stretch 5 times a week, exercise 3 times a week, and meal prep every Sunday. This was coming after a fairly lazy 2017 and just beginning mindfulness! Although I didn’t meet these goals every single week (or come close!), I recognize that I have improved significantly in each of these areas and should give myself some credit for the improvement I have made.
I’m also a person that does not count goals completed unless they are fully completed. For example, even if I was mindful during a conversation with a loved one but I didn’t set 3 minutes during the day for mindfulness meditation, I wouldn’t count it. I recognized during the year that I was doing myself a disservice by not giving credit to the progress that I made with mindfulness. It would be different if my goal had been to meditate every day, but my true goal is to become a more present being which did, in fact, improve over the course of the year.
5. Prepare for next year
Evaluating your goals and progress from the previous year can help set you up for success in the new year by allowing you to discover what you would like to improve on, habits you would like to continue or discontinue, and a constant tracking of progress.