Welcome 2020! It came in with very little flourish for us. We were visiting my sister and brother-in-law and my parents in South Carolina. Everyone except my 19-year-old was in bed before the ball dropped. He was too busy playing video games to turn the TV on to watch the ball drop in NYC. Spending time with family was great, but the winner for the week was the 60 degree weather at Christmas time. If I had to make a goal for 2020, it would be to spend time with my family so that I don't freeze this winter.
Maine is cold. (In case you hadn't realized.)
January is a classic time to set goals.
One way to do it is set SMART goals. Those are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. When you set goals you need to make sure they are goals that meet all of these criteria. If I say, "I want to lose weight", it isn't going to get done as effectively as if I say, "I will lose 20 pounds by July." This is realistic, achievable, measurable on the scale and has a time limit.
Another type of goal setting was more reflective and thoughtful, but I thought the questions were spot on to get your brain in the right place for the new year.
What worked well in 2019 and what didn't work?
What could I use more of in my life?
What could I use less of in my life?
What characteristics would I like to have?
By the end of the day, I feel...
How do I want to feel?
Try answering these questions and see if you're closer to seeing what you want for your life in 2020. Happy New Year!
About the author
Michelle Libby writes about love, sex, life and happily ever afters, while keeping up with her adult children and finding new projects to fall in love with. Have you seen the coloring books?