New Year Goals – How about a Simpler and more Meaningful Life?

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1~! Happy New Year!!!  It’s always sooooo exciting to welcome the new year.  I love taking out my new year goals from the year before and reflect on what I have done or changed.  And then I write down all the things that I wish to accomplish for the new year.  I can probably fill up 2 full sheets with goals I want to accomplish but this doesn’t mean I pursue all of them.  Ever since I was in high school, I have set new year goals every year.  Over these many many years, I have learned that prioritizing is the key to becoming who you want to be.  I may have many goals that I want to accomplish, but I only select 3 or 4 of the most important and meaningful ones.  After all, it’s quality not quantity.

This year is going to be the fourth year since I started Juju Sprinkles.  It’s become a norm that I create a new year goals worksheet every year.  This year, the template is more simplified than the previous ones because it reflects what I want to achieve for the year 2019 – a simpler life.

Ever since I have completed my KonMari journey, at least one full round from beginning to end, I have been applying the same philosophy of “surrounding yourself with joy” on my personal life.  From career to relationship to life goals, I have been trying to identify extra “baggage” and unnecessary expectations so I can focus on what really matters.  And what really matters for me is that I spend my time and energy on things that excite me and make me a better and more valuable person to people I care about.

When you work on your new year goals, don’t forget to ask yourself, “what really excites you?” and prioritize those goals.  I know for fact that if I am much more motivated to take actions and persist in difficult times on goals that excite me.  For the monthly sections, write down the milestones that you need to accomplish to reach your goal.  After you have done that, you can then create the action plans for each milestone.  For instance, if your goal is to be able to speak conversational French by the end of the year, the milestones may be that you learn all the basic greeting phrases in January, restaurant phrases in February and so on.  Then for the action plans, it may be practicing French for 15 minutes each week with a native French speaker and studying French 30 minutes every Monday and Thursday.  In order to get to where you want to be at the end of the year, action plans have to be specific and quantifiable.

Take a moment to reflect on your goals, and don’t be afraid to dream big.  I am a true believer that anything is possible if you pursue what excites you the most.

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