Christmas Survival Guide: To goal set or not to goal set?
After a year of the world turned on it's head, we're looking forwards to 2021. Here is After The Storm's guide to goal setting
First of all. Let’s start by saying this. It’s December 2020. Regardless of what goals you set or don’t set, getting through this year is an achievement in itself. There are so many goals set this year that have been literally impossible to achieve - visit that new country, learn how to swing dance, cycle the length of cumbria. Achievable goals, when set can be mastered. In 2021, we might just need to get a little creative and adapt to our new normal to make those “achievable”. If you’re reading this thinking “goals? HA!”, fear not! We’re covering non-goals goals too so read on to find out more!
2021 is a very different landscape. Movement is restricted. There is A LOT of room for changing plans and capabilities sometimes with little notice. If you’re setting goals, we want to help you set those that will remain achievable no matter what happens. Remember, whatever your goals are, make them achievable, measurable, relevant to you and most importantly realistic.
Setting a goal to run 10k every day when you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning is going to have you feeling pretty rubbish before you’ve even cracked open the cheese board
Here are a couple of ideas to help you plan how to get the most out of 2021...whatever it may bring!
- Being on time
- Learn a new skill
- Set out an exercise routine...and stick to the exercise routine ;)
- Watch less TV
- Reduce your screen time per day
- One act of kindness per day
- Cooking more meals from scratch
Goals are there to benefit, not to punish
However, if you’re reading this and thinking “why bother”, take time to check in with yourself. It’s been a tough year and completely understandable if goal setting for 2021 may not have you jumping for joy. If you’re feeling run down, feeling the effects of the latest tier restriction announcement or your mental health is not really up to par, Christmas could be a much needed rest and relaxation to help recharge. Setting a goal to run 10k every day when you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning is going to have you feeling pretty rubbish before you’ve even cracked open the cheese board. Instead, try setting yourself some self-care goals such as:
- Taking a bath
- Reading a book that you’ve struggled to find time for
- Going for a nature walk with family.
Goals are there to benefit, not to punish. As 2021 looks to be a tumultuous one - at least to begin with - this Christmas, take time to figure out how you feel right now, what you can control in 2021 and how you can use this Christmas to make the most of next year
If you think you’d like a bit more help with goal setting and your personal plan for next year, check out our Life Coaching listing to find services that could help you what’s next here: https://www.afterthe-storm.co.uk/services/life-coaching