Goals for January 2019

I know, I know.

I just wrote a post on how I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions and now I’m posting about my goals for January.  How ironic is that?

Honestly, I find having one big goal for the year much more manageable than a dozen smaller ones.  I’m able to break it down into bite-sized pieces and chip away at them throughout the year then evaluate, measure and reflect as the year goes on.  I’m all about being resolute in my goal, but flexible in the journey.  For me, it’s all about having an over-arching intention, rather than a resolution.

On the flip side, my Type-A personality is all about the physical.  I love lists.  I live and die by a good list.  So, naturally, I need to write down my goals for the month.  I’ve also found that I am much more inclined to work towards a goal if they are written down and then shared with someone.  This can occur by me talking with a friend or by sitting down – here – and shouting it into the internet void.

I have a few goals for January because I’m all hopped up on ‘new year, new me’ endorphins, so I’m going to break them down into smaller groups.


L E A R N I N G

  1. Finish five books.
  2. Learn a new task at work.
  3. Write notes on four of my university modules.

H E A L T H / W E L L N E S S

  1. One litre of water per day.
  2. Train three times per week.
  3. Attempt yoga and meditation twice a week.
  4. No technology after 10pm or before 6am.
  5. Lights out at 10:30pm.
  6. Get my 5+ a day.
  7. Hit my step goal (11,000) six days of the week.
  8. Try one new recipe a week.

H O M E

  1. Establish a proper cleaning routine.
  2. Establish a sleep routine for my son.
  3. Blog twice a week.
  4. Save.
  5. Declutter our wardrobes.

Phew.

Seeing my goals written down like that feels a bit intimidating.  In a good way.

They aren’t too overwhelming or unrealistic.  Many of them are the base of a good routine or the path to forming good habits for a healthy and well-rounded life (in my eyes).

I believe the easiest goal will be my reading goal and my training goal, as they are two things I really enjoy.  The hardest goal to accomplish will be the ones relating to technology, sleep, and water intake.  Being a millennial (and a blogger), I find it hard to ‘switch off’ at night.  Is it just me?

At the end of January, I’ll reflect on these goals and see which ones I accomplished, what ones were difficult, and what I need to change to make them obtainable in February.

Do you set daily, weekly, monthly or yearly goals?

signature, the caffeinated millennial

14 thoughts on “Goals for January 2019

  1. i feel like goals & resolutions aren’t the same thing. resolutions are always these hyped up ideas of who the person wants to be the following dec 31, but goals (especially if broken down into bite sized months) are tiny steps towards what needs to be done and what we want to be done! i’m learning to make my goals less obligatory (aka running if i hate running, tackling big projects i don’t care to finish) and making them more about what i want to be intentional about doing. cheers to starting the new year off well!

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    1. YES. Y E S. Y-E-S. I am so guilty of having goals that we’re ‘because so and so is doing it’ or ‘because it’s good for me’ when it was something I didn’t enjoy at all. Or it became more of a competition and less of a self-improvement sort of deal. I want to be more intentional about everything I’m doing – including drinking a minimal amount of water because I can drink coffee like a fish 😉 Happy 2019!

      xo, Victoria

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  2. Good luck with your goals this month! I love making lists as well, so I love setting up goals for every month. This year I also got back into yearly goals as I started to lose focus with what I wanted in 2018.

    And you’re not alone-I also have a hard time switching off at night. Even when I manage to get to bed on time, my mind will keep me awake.

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 I was definitely lost in the first half of the year, but I guess I well and truly made up for it with the move and everything else that came after that! I hope your goals bring you the drive and the direction that you want for 2019 🙂

      Okay, I’m glad I’m not the only one! I finally realized that it was 10pm and I actually put my phone down! I was mildly shocked that I was able to stick to it. I did fall asleep listening to a Netflix show but I think I only heard the first three minutes of it before I was out! Maybe it was because my mind woke me up at 3am yesterday. I neeeeeded a proper sleep!

      xo, Victoria

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  3. I love lists and I agree that goals are better than resolutions. It’s a lot more manageable and it’s a lot easier to be held accountable for it. 🙂 The goals you’ve set up are quite ‘easy’ and I’m sure you can do it for January.

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  4. I’m a list maker as well! I love seeing things written down and then being able to cross them off or check a box. I totally believe in intentions instead of resolutions and I think it’s great that you broke it down by month. It makes it much more manageable to look 30 days ahead instead of 365 days. A lot can change and it’s easier to adapt and readjust when you break it down into smaller amounts. Keep up the great work! Can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

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  5. I’m a list maker too. I love writing things down and enjoy crossing them off as I achieve them. I find the smaller the goal, the easier they are to achieve and there’s nothing stopping the small goals helping to achieve the overall big goal in the end. Slow and steady wins the race. Looking forward to seeing what you accomplish x

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