Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season, and that you’re feeling energized to tackle what’s to come in 2024. Goal-setting has been a little bit harder for me to mentally tackle these past few years (I think a result of mental health struggles post-pandemic), but I do have some sense of purpose, even if it’s not on the grand scale I was used to before 2020. Because of my slower motivation lately, I thought it might be helpful to put together a printed goals list that I could write in and hang up in order to keep my energy upbeat.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, click here to download my free printable New Year’s Goals List. I included 10 boxes with check marks that you can write your goals into, and then cross off when accomplished. I personally respond well to checklists like this because they allow me to actually see my progress. I also included two bonus sections: a box for your “One Word” for the year, and a “Big Picture” area, too. These sections allow you be broader with goal-setting, and write down your overarching motivators for 2024.
To help give you a better idea of how to use this goals list, I thought I’d share a little about my own plans for the new year. My “One Word” for 2024 is “Less.” It’s not that I want to do less in the more obvious sense of that word. I actually mean the direct opposite. My goal is to be less hesitant with my activities throughout the day, less fearful of failure, less insecure, etc.—you get the point! I want to stop second-guessing myself so much and start pushing harder to break out of the rut I’ve been in since 2020.
Here’s what I wrote down in the “Big Picture” section of my printed goals list: “Instead of thinking about all the things I want to do more of this year (unrealistic!), I’m going to try finding healthy trade-offs that simplify and energize my life in 2024. Less in order to be more!” I want to get up and move my body, listen to music instead of sit in silence, stop putting off my art and get back into the pottery studio, and I want to stop saying “no” because I think I won’t succeed at trying something new. I want to be me, but a bigger, better, and more energized version of myself, and in order to do that I need to stop being my own worst enemy mentally. Less insecurity and more action.
I hope this helps kick-start your own ideation for 2024, and that you consider giving the printable list method a try if you haven’t done that in years past. As I said, there’s something really motivating about having a list printed and visible day in and day out. My sister and I actually took things one step further during our holiday break by making vision boards. I also plan to hang that up in my office beside my goals list to serve as inspiration for my work and personal life. You can learn more about how to make a vision board by clicking back to this post from 2021. Happy New Year again, and I wish nothing but success for you in 2024!