Why I Set Goals Not Resolutions

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As 2018 looms, I cannot help but reflect during these weird days in between Christmas and New Years. It is these days where I like to set goals for the year ahead instead of a strict list of tasks to complete. By reflecting on last years aims and how far I have come in the last 12 months it is time to expand and review.

“I want to set goals instead of creating rules”.

January 2017, I told myself several things; the obvious, workout and eat healthily.  This was the first year of my life that I have actually managed to keep the workout part up, most of the time. At one point I was going four times a week now it is more like two. Since Uni, the gym hasn’t been a priority but I am aware how essential for me in order to balance work, social and wellbeing to help create a healthier state of mind. It is definitely more difficult with my not so great uni diet. For me, food and gym go hand in hand and when I’m nourishing my body I am desperate to workout; it doesn’t work as well the other way round.

I want to focus on eating well because when this happens the gym comes easily. This is definitely going to be challenging seeing as I despise my uni kitchen and all the mess my housemates leave – with limited space and dirty dishes left, right and centre it’s incredibly unappealing to attempt chopping up veg. However, this will only be the case for half of next year and if it means I can reach my fitness goals I will try my best.

I also wanted to cook more this year and while moving out has allowed me to cook and feel a lot more confident in the kitchen, I need to be creating healthy and nourishing meals that will fulfil. I am hoping this will also pave the way to cut out dairy altogether and live a completely cruelty-free lifestyle.

Creating goals instead of rules helps takes the pressure off and allows you to monitor progress and to keep continuing even if you slip up countless times.

I also want this year to be as fulfilling as possible for my career. Uni has steered me in all the right directions in terms of thinking about internships and employment. As well as the importance of going to networking events and putting yourself out there. There is no time limit or specific tasks to complete as I feel certain opportunity will arise without a set time frame. However, it is up to me to create these opportunities for myself and go looking for new prospects to better myself and future career. Not only is this a flexible goal but one I am looking forward to meeting, I feel passionate about my desired career so this is simply to spur me on to be more proactive.

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Choosing flexible goals may seem daunting as they may be harder to stick to as opposed to strict rules and resolutions, by creating a mind map of ways I can meet them. I think this will be more beneficial and allow me to still be motivated and inspired past January 31st.

I’m also choosing a keyword that I hope to build my goals around. ‘Fulfilment’. I want to manage my life into one that is enriched with opportunities and experiences as well as with books and knowledge. I want to reconnect with my prior love of reading and teach myself to properly switch off from devices. To pick up a book instead of a new Netflix series. I want to learn to meditate without the headspace app, and find pleasure in more day-to-day things. I need my mind to try and relax and by adding and expanding on the things I have mentioned, will hopefully help create a better and more fearless version of myself.

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What are your goals for 2018?

How are you going to create a sense of fulfilment in the new year?


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hannah says:

    I love this! The idea of “fulfillment” makes these things feel like something you WANT to do to better yourself, not something you feel like you have to do. I’ve always hated resolutions because I could never stick to them past two weeks. I use mantras I come up with at the beginning year, as guiding principles for the rest of my year instead. I’m definitely going to try out the flexible goals this year as well!


    1. editbyellie says:

      Yes exactly, I love that idea too! Flexible goals are so much more achievable, I wish you all the best for 2018 x


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