Last Updated on December 5, 2022
When it comes to setting goals for the New Year, many are tempted to focus on their professional lives.
But what about your personal life?
When I was in high school, my mom used to say that a man can achieve anything if he sets his mind to it. Because of social media trends, I thought that resolutions are the best way to achieve what I want.
Well, reality kicks in and I found that resolutions are just wishful thinking. What I do now is set goals, that’s what I did the previous year and got fruitful results.
And that’s why I have created a list of personal goals that you should achieve this new year.
But before we figure out what our personal goals should be this year, we must understand a better way of setting goals. So, before we begin with our list of 30 personal goals for this new year, let’s find out what you should remember before setting them.
How To Plan Personal Goals For New Year
In order to set effective goals and resolutions which we don’t even accomplish, we should start by setting SMART goals.
These are goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound. These should be broken down into manageable pieces. This will ensure that we achieve our goal in the specified time period while also making sure it is sustainable throughout the year.
So how should we start?
We should start by making a list of our personal goals. But you must remember that your list should be realistic, measurable and time-bound.
We are setting out to accomplish these goals, not wishful thinking. It is important to note that while these goals are personal, they should also have an effect on the wider world while being kind to the planet too.
Here are some ways in which you can create a strategy for achieving your goals:
1. Ask what are your personal goals before planning to make some. Just set priorities and this will make your goal setting for the new year even easier.
2. Make sure that your goals are specific and measurable. For example, instead of “save money,” make it “Save $2,000 per month.”
3. Create a timeline for when you want to achieve your goal. Try to accomplish your goals before 2023, and how you can do it? By setting a specific time for each of your goals, you’ll allow yourself to focus on working on them.
4. Share your goals with someone close who will help hold you accountable.
5. Break it down into parts so that they are less overwhelming. For example, instead of saying “I want to save $1000, say “I will save $100 each month.” This will make the probability of achieving that goal so much easier.
Pro Tip: Be wary of goals that are contingent upon other people. For example, “Get That Job” is in the hands of others – who might apply and who’s in charge of hiring, for instance. But “I just want to get a new experience” is all upon you. Have patience and be consistent towards achieving your new year goals.
So, now that you might have understood how you should start planning your personal goals, let’s look at some personal goals examples for this new year 2023.
If you want to set achievable goals this new year, this video might help. It offers advice on how to not set “unreasonable” resolutions so you have time to set successful personal goals.
30 Personal Goals To Plan For The New Year
You might ask, what are personal goals. Well, some people want to focus on their physical health and wellness by eating well and exercising more. Others may want to achieve a health-related goal such as running or jogging. But whatever may it be these goals are the things we want to achieve in life.
So here is the list of all the personal goals you might think of achieving this new year.
1. Start Drinking More Water
Set a goal to choose water instead of sugary beverages. According to CFAES drinking, an adequate amount of water can help you maintain good health, keep your skin looking healthy and help you manage weight.
2. Start Doing Yoga And Meditation
Don’t have time to do yoga or meditation? Then start doing it for just 5 to 10 minutes every day. Practising yoga can help you calm your mind, make your thoughts more clear, and keep your body and mind in shape.
Healthline says, “Incorporating yoga into your routine can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility and reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.”
3. Ditch The Junk
Though unhealthy foods are easy on the budget, you just need to remember they can increase your hospital bills. Just ditch the sugary and salty foods you eat.
4. Start Taking Some Vitamins
It’s a fact that your diet cannot complete your vitamin requirements. It is also proven that multivitamins save you from diseases, as your body will get the amount of energy and tool to fight back viruses.
5. Eliminate a Bad Habit
Become aware, find the triggers, don’t give up, don’t suppress, and that’s how you can easily eliminate any bad habit of yours.
6. Start Reading More
Well, you work out your muscles, but only a few really work out their brains. Just like any other part of your body, your brain needs exercise too, and that’s done by giving him new information. This is possible only by reading.
Also, the knowledge you get while reading also helps in your overall productivity, career, and personality.
7. Spend More Time In Nature
Spending more time in nature can really change your perspective on life. Read some of the lessons that nature teaches us.
8. Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is the best thing which I found in 2021 and am damn sure to practise it next year too. All gratitude does is make you happy for all you have in the present moment. Read this article to know some of the effective ways to be happy in life.
9. Develop Growth Mindset
Developing a growth mindset can really help you in being positive about your life. It will develop a non giving up attitude which can really transform you as a person. Read how you can develop a growth mindset this new year.
10. Change Your Toxic Friends and Make Some New Ones
You become what you consume, and if you live in a company of toxic people, then some of the other day you’ll become toxic too. So try to change your bad friends and make some more positive ones.
11. Try Things You Haven’t Tried Before
You might not be successful the first time you try something, but failure gives you strength and confidence. You can accomplish anything when you face your fears. So just try something you always feard, who knows you get close to your dreams.
12. Try to Save Some Money
This year, set a goal to save some $100 a month. By this, not only will you develop a new good habit of saving money but also save up on unwanted expenses.
Read these 10 practical tips on saving money from vacu.org.
13. Move On From Your Past
It might take time and patience before you can let go of the past. But with a conscious decision and some practice, it’s possible. So this new year let go of your past and start fresh.
14. Practise Kindness
Be kind to yourself and to others. Try being kind to others. You can do anything from helping someone carry their groceries to donating time and money to a worthy cause.
It’s up to you!
15. Spend More Time With Your Family
When we spend time with our loved ones, it strengthens the bonds that tie all of us together. Research has found that time spent with family is important for human development and healthy relationships.
16. Take Some Online Courses to Enhance Your Skills
By taking online courses, you can really boost your career opportunities. I have taken a lot of courses that increased my knowledge. So, there is no doubt that online courses are a great way to stay sharp, and gain important skills for you to face work challenges.
17. Make Time For Your Wellness
No matter if you have everything in life, you’ll be hard-pressed to enjoy any of them if you don’t feel good. Make it a priority to take care of your mental and physical health before anything else.
18. Enjoy Life More
Successful people enjoy life because they’ve managed to find happiness within themselves, they feel proud of what they have and are grateful for it. Therefore, find happiness within yourself and use your time to build yourself up.
19. Get Fit
Make a goal this new year to be fit and healthy. Don’t join the gym if you don’t want to, just do 50 push-ups, 50 sit-ups, squats and crunch a day.
20. Invest Invest Invest
Investing can seem fearsome to many people. Fortunately, there’s always information out there for people to help make it simpler. Start learning to invest early on and make your money work for you.
21. Make Time To Unplug
From your hectic schedule, take some time for yourself and unplug yourself from social interactions. Just spend some time alone and do things you love. Sometimes all you need is to disconnect for a moment to reconnect with yourself.
22. Make Social Presence
You might probably not agree with me, but being active on social media in a positive way can really develop you and open many opportunities for you.
All you have to do is to follow positive and intellectual accounts on Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, and connect with people who are smarter than you.
Some intellectual influencers to follow online are:
22. Go On a Trip With Your Friends
Travelling with friends is an unforgettable experience on its own. It creates a stronger friendship through unique and shared memories that you will create together. Along the way, you will also learn new lessons.
23. Work On Your Communication Skills
Communication is a vital part of life. It is important to be able to express our feelings and thoughts in a way that the other person can understand. From getting a job to maintaining a relationship, communication helps us, and that’s why you must develop it. A good communicator is respected by all and ignored by none.
24. Spend More Time Outside
An easy way to up your vitamin D intake is by going outside. Spend 10-30 minutes a day outside sunning, going for a walk with your dog, or going for a jog.
25. Quit Procrastination
We all know that procrastination is bad. To help you fight it, practice the ‘Do-It-Now’ rule. If it will take you less than 2 minutes to complete a small task, do it now!
26. Try a Stretching Routine
It’s hard to keep up the pace as we get older, I know. But to preserve your flexibility, you should consider adding stretching throughout your day.
27. Read a Book To Develop Your Knowledge
It’s also a great way to learn new things. So, make it a goal to read at least one book per month. Plus, it’s fun! I am not a big reader but this is something I will be working on this new year.
28. Stop Spending Time With Chronic Complainers
It’s not easy to be with people who complain a lot. They’re generally unhappy and seem to enjoy nothing about their life. And when they complain, they don’t just talk; they affect your mood and productivity as well.
29. Cut Your Screen Time
According to cnet, people who spend more time on their phones tend to get anxious, depressed, and have low self-esteem. So, turn off your notifications and spend your day without staring at your screens.
30. Connect With Old Friends
Talking to old friends opens up a world of happy memories. Well, if you don’t know how you can then online social media networks are the best ways to stay connected with old friends, even if they are out of town, or overseas.
How Setting Personal Goals Can Help You?
Setting goals gives you something to work towards, rather than dreaming about your future. Making it easier to break old behaviours and start new ones. Goals help you stay focused and take control of your time by managing resources. Setting goals can also allow you to gain knowledge or improve skills.
It is important to set personal goals because they can determine the success rate at which one achieves their dream.
It is also important to set personal goals because it provides a sense of accomplishment. So in this new year, set some great goals and achieve as many of them as you can. Grow as a person and as a human being by improving the way you live your life.
My New Year Goals
I am writing these goals and the journey of my goals setting to motivate you. This new year I am planning to save money, get a job and make this blog successful.
Well, these were my goals, but what about my journey? I’ve set many goals in 2021 and achieved many of them. From reading books to writing blog posts, from spending time with my family to spending time alone.
I accomplished them all. But how? I have done what I have written in this article. I’ve set achievable goals and written them down.
Read those goals every morning, and this practice glued my goals into my subconscious, which made me work for them.
By keeping track of my performance, I made my dreams my reality.
Watch This On Planning Personal Goals for New Year
With the new year coming up quickly, I recommend you sit for a while and write down your personal goals for 2023.
By reading this list of 30 personal goals, I believe it will make your goal-setting easier this new year. Just be patient and consistent in achieving the goals you set and you’ll really achieve what you desire in life.
What are good goals for the new year?
Meditating, learning new skills, connecting with old friends, spending time with family, etc are some of the best goals for this new year which you can set.
What should a personal goal be?
A personal goal should be clear, reasonable, and achievable so that you can measure your progress and work upon it.
How do you set your personal goals for the new year?
Set priorities, write down your goals, share it with someone you trust, break your goals into parts and then measure your progress. This is the best way to set your personal goals this new year.