While many are busy setting resolutions for the new year, I like to take time between Christmas and the new year to reflect on how things went down. Resolving to do new things is great, but resolving to do things differently can be even better.
In 2015 I managed to graduate college, get a new job, find a new relationship, move to a new state, start a new blog, and connect with a group of amazing readers. I’ve made hot sauce and cologne, experimented with meal prepping and tried to cut down on my personal possessions. I’ve published articles alongside amazing authors, written more copy than I can comfortably imagine, and set my sights higher than ever.
I’ve also hurt my back, lost track of my fitness goals, and lost more weight than I’d consider healthy. I was homeless for a bit, my finances are tighter than I’d prefer, and I’ve spent time dealing with depression. I have a month left on my lease with no real idea where we’re going to end up, and I have more insurance and tax paperwork than I know what to do with. For everything that I’ve succeeded at, I also have things to work on.
Here’s a tip that’s worked well for me so far: Set goals within the context of your habits, not your dreams. In the past 365 days, what did you do every week? What did you do every day? There’s value in what you do every day, if you take the time to look for it. Use that to understand how you’ve gotten to where you are, and how you can improve yourself.
There’s still a bit of time before 2016 hits. Make sure you go into it understanding how 2015 got you there. The end of the year is as important as the start of the next.