The Teen Talks is a semi-regular discussion type feature here on the blog, that allows me to talk about a variety of things from my teen perspective.
The glitz of the new year is slowly wearing away as people move back to their normal lives.If you're like me though, you've made resolutions and- shockingly- actually want to stick to them. I'm trying out some new things this year, because even though I am going to be crazy busy, I'm ridiculously determined to stick to my resolutions. Even if you didn't make resolutions, I think it's safe to say we have all made goals, whether they're something like "finish my homework before midnight!" or "completely re-do my blog design by next month!". Regardless of what they are, or how many you’ve made, I think it’s worth saying that you want to stick to them, yes? I’m trying out some new things this year to see if I can make my resolutions stick, and so I’d thought I’d share some advice on how to actually accomplish those resolutions or goals. =)
So here they are!
- Break them down. Thus far, I think this one has been the most helpful to me. I’ve made pretty general resolutions, but then I went ahead and broke them up into little chunks. From there, I’m planning to have a set monthly goal, and then do a loose weekly goal to see how I’m doing. If I’m accomplishing my weekly goals, then I’ll be getting my monthly ones done as well, overall contributing to my resolutions’ success.
- Track your progress somewhere you look often. Tracking your progress is key to accomplishing any goal, especially long-term ones. But what I’ve done this year is create THIS lovely thing. I hung it right by my bed, so I see it every day. I get to see my goals every week, and then I’ll be crossing things off as I get them done, to have a visual of what I’m actually getting done. It’s super motivating, and it’s something I suggest trying of course.
- Find your motivation. Honestly, with any goal, it can be tiring to continue on. Slaving away at a blog design is hard stuff, let me tell you, from experience. So, it’s nice to have some motivation- whether it be music, pictures, or quotes- to really inspire you to get moving again. If you’re in a blogging slump and one of your goals is to blog consistently, you might have some screenshots of your favorite comments or something that you look at to motivate yourself, or a list of your favorite blogging moments. I’m big on inspiration, so I myself have a doc of inspirational quotes, to really get me going when I’m running low. Having inspiration and your set motivation of why you’re even doing this thing in the first place will be super helpful in actually getting your goal accomplished.
- Play “Carrot or Stick”. This is actually something the NaNo boards are famous for, so shout-out to them. Basically, you set yourself a goal, and a stick- something you don’t like doing- if you don’t accomplish it in a specific amount of time, along with a carrot- a reward- if you do accomplish your goal. This is great for short term goals like “I need to write 7 reviews today!”. If you tell yourself you’ll have to stay up doing homework if you don’t get through it, or reward yourself with a cupcake if you do, that’ll raise the stakes and really help you achieve your goal.
- Be held accountable. This is the most obvious, for pretty clear reasons. It works. If you tell someone your goals and tell them to yell at you if you don’t accomplish them/aren’t actively working on them, you’ll be so much more motivated to actually get them done. I always like to show my sister my goals, because she’s the kind of person that will actually ask about them and yell at me.
Those are just a few methods I’m using this year to get stuff done! I want 2014 to be an amazing year, and so, I’m hoping to get much accomplished using the above.
Did you make any resolutions? How are you planning to stick to them? Do you have any advice on how to make resolutions stick? Let me know!