5 Easy Goals To Set And Achieve
Everyone has felt the pain of setting an unrealistic goal. You may not think that you fall prey to setting unrealistic goals, but actually, most people do. Unrealistic goal setting is extremely common, but why? Well, there are a couple of things that could be contributing to the problem.
The first, and probably biggest problem, is being too generic. While losing weight to be healthier is an admirable goal, just saying “This year I’m going to lose weight,” is too generic. Not all weight loss is healthy and not all women need to lose the same number of pounds in order to be healthy. If you know you only need to lose about 5 pounds to get back to a healthy weight, then set the goal for 5 pounds rather than 20 pounds.
The second problem when setting a goal is immediately thinking big picture. There may be dozens of goals you want to set for yourself, but too many big idea goals can make you feel easily overwhelmed. If your goals are to lose weight, get better skin, completely revamp your wardrobe, and learn a new language in a 6-month time frame, that is going to be too much to do at one time.
It’s betters to start off with small, manageable, specific goals than with large, overwhelming, generic goals. So what are some easy goals that you can set for yourself this year?
Exercise 15 Minutes a Day
Getting into a new exercise routine can be challenging, especially if your lifestyle is mostly sedentary. Developing a new habit like gaining a new skill. It takes time. So instead of starting off the exercise journey with a two-hour time slot of weight lifting or running, start off with smaller intervals.
Exercising 15 minutes a day for at least two weeks can help you get started with your new exercise routine. It can help your body get used to the new habit you’re trying to introduce. So start off with 15 minutes of exercise a day, and see how far that gets you. Then when you feel ready, increase the time to 20 minutes a day, then 30 minutes a day. This is a small goal that you can maintain for yourself while still contributing to your larger, overall goal.
Eat More Fiber
One of the simplest changes you can make to your diet is to eat more fiber. Fiber helps your body absorb nutrients, lower blood sugar levels, and improve regularity. It’s one of the more effective ways to help improve your diet, and it’s fairly simple. There are dozens of fiber-rich foods that you can easily incorporate into your diet.
Fruits and vegetables are some of the highest sources of fiber. They can also supply your body with necessary minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that help promote the health of all of your body’s systems. Other great fiber sources include whole grains like unrefined bread, rice, and quinoa. Nuts and seeds are also a good source of fiber and are full of minerals that can help preserve immune and neurological health.
Develop A New Hobby
Sometimes we get into a routine that feels a little lackluster or confining. Shaking things up and trying something new can often help us get out of that rut and help us cultivate new skills or knowledge that we can use in other areas of life. Engaging in a new hobby can do that.
You may have hobbies that you love but don’t feel as good anymore. Alternatively, you may have old hobbies that you haven’t had the pleasure of engaging in for a while. Whatever hobby you have an interest in, setting aside a little time out of your week to enjoy it can do wonders for your stress levels. It’s a great way to promote balance in your life and it can help you keep your mind sharp!
Do A Daily 5-Minute Cleanup
Clutter helps no one. When you lead a hectic life, the last thing you want to do is retreat to a home that feels chaotic. Piles of dishes, laundry baskets full of clothes, and papers scattered all over the dining room table can all contribute to an environment that feels stressful. We need to find ways to lower the stress and use that energy to do something productive to get that dopamine release we need.
So, take five minutes out of your day to do a little tidying up. Whether it’s just a corner of your desk that needs some organizing or wiping down the windows in the living room, there is power in tidying up. A clean environment can help lower your stress and stabilize your mood. Taking a small break in the day to clean something adds to the bigger picture, and before you know it, the whole place is clean by the weekend. So you can just sit back and relax!
Learn Something New
As we get older, it can become more difficult for us to recall information. Memory is one of the most heavily affected brain functions, especially for women. So it’s important to find ways to help keep ourselves sharp and maintain decent memory retention. One of the simplest ways to do that is to learn something new.
Now, you don’t have to memorize the entire text of a new book in order to make progress with memory retention. Just learning one new fact a day can give your mind the assistance it needs. Interested in learning about animals, geology, or history? You can take an online course, watch a lecture video, or crack open a book that can give you the information you want to learn. Remember, you only have to find one new fact a day to get the gears turning. So find a fact that interests your and repeat it aloud to yourself until you’ve got it!
Small Goals Are Still Goals
Sometimes you have to take baby steps to achieve the big picture goals, and that’s okay! Any progress is still progress, no matter how small. So if you’re trying to make some positive changes in your life, remember that all you have to do is set one small goal every day and follow through with it!