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10 Top Tips for Making This the Best New Year Yet

Do you set specific goals at the beginning of each new year?

You aren’t alone because I’m the planning queen! I find setting goals for myself and my homestead helps keep me motivated and moving forward.

But as you know, each year, we sometimes get off track, which is why I’m going to share a few tips with you on how to set goals for your personal life, your homestead, and keeping it all on track to make this a productive year.

Here’s what you should do to achieve your best New Year’s goals:

1. Actually Set Goals

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The first step in making this a productive year is to set goals. You can’t say, “I wish I had…” or “I wish my life was …”

You have to actually set goals and figure out which direction you’d like to take your life. Don’t get me wrong. I know certain things happen which are out of our control.

But if you have goals in mind, you’ll know what you’re aiming at. Therefore, if something unforeseen happens, you can roll with the punches but still keep your eyes fixed on what you hope to accomplish this year.

Before you make it too far into the new year, take some time to decide what you’d like to do this year. How do you want to spend the year?

Is there something in your life you’d like to tackle or get rid of? Where would you like to see yourself at the end of the year?

Make goals which will help you take small steps to accomplish your hopes and dreams. You only get one shot at life. Make it count!

2. Get Your Attitude in Check

Your attitude will most likely be your greatest hindrance. How do I know? Because my attitude knocks me off track all the time.

If you have specific goals you’re hoping to accomplish this year, you have to get out of your own way. I understand this can be difficult because we all have different physical, emotional, and mental limitations.

However, you must make up your mind to be your biggest supporter. Stop telling yourself you can’t do something, or it isn’t meant for you.

When you begin to speak negatively to yourself, do some self-evaluation. Is what you’re saying to yourself reality?

Is there some limitation you have which will not allow you to do something? If this is the case, back up and find a way around it.

Most of the time, we speak negatively to ourselves and tell us we can’t accomplish something just because it’s outside of our comfort zone.

This year, drop the excuses and the negative self-talk and learn to walk outside of your comfort zone. You’ll surprise yourself at what you can do with the right attitude.

3. Create a Planner

When you have goals, it’s important to keep a planner. With a planner, it is essential to write your plan down and keep up with what you’re trying to accomplish.

You can purchase a planner, use a calendar you download from the internet or keep it all on your phone. I prefer my phone because it stays with me.

It’s up to you and your preferences, but be sure you develop some planning system which will work for you.

Remember, it’s crucial this planner stays with you at all times. It will allow you to be reminded regularly of what you’re trying to accomplish this year.

This planner can remind you of personal goals or also remind you of certain things you should be doing around your homestead.

If you want your homestead to succeed, it’s important to make sure you keep everything timed as it should be for your planting zone.

This planner could hold the keys to your success both personally and in being more self-sufficient.

4. Keep Track of Your Pace

After you’ve decided on a planner and have laid your different goals out on paper, it’s important to know when you want to accomplish each step of the goal.

Be sure to note each step because this will help you to measure your pace. If you aren’t meeting the steps of the goals you hope to accomplish, you’ll know to either step it up or you’ve overshot and need to revisit your plan.

However, if you’re accomplishing each step ahead of the game, you’ll know you’re ahead of the game. This will let you know you may be able to add more goals to your plate for the year.

Knowing where you’re at in the process is vital to your success.

5. Visit Your Small Goals

When you’re creating your goals, laying out your plan, and tracking your pace make sure you’ve broken your goals down.

It’s important whether it be for your personal life or your homestead to create two differently sized goals. Small goals are equally as important as the larger goals at hand because they help you accomplish things you know you should do, it keeps you motivated, and also can be stepping stones to the bigger goals.

For instance, some of my small goals for this new year is to make a healthier life choice each week. It can be something small such as going to bed at a set time or adding more vegetables to my day.

Though this may sound non-essential, it helps me to meet a larger goal which is to lead a healthier lifestyle.

For my homestead, my smaller goals are to raise more meat birds, to raise hogs again this year, and to do some small building projects.

However, they feed into my larger goal of making more strides towards being more self-sufficient and also to make our homestead function a little smoother.

6. Visit Your Large Goals

When you’re laying out your goals for the year, know what your large overall goals are. You shouldn’t have too many items in the large goal category because it’s easy to become overwhelmed.

As I mentioned above, I have two big goals: live a healthier lifestyle and make our homestead more self-sufficient and better.

In my example, note that I didn’t set a goal for a specific amount of weight loss or create a detailed goal of perfection for my homestead. I know this is going to take time in both areas.

If by the end of this year, I’ve made steps towards either of these goals and stuck to it, I consider it a win.

Maybe you want to save money to purchase a homestead or pay off debt. These are great overall large goals.

However, you’ll need to have lots of smaller goals to help you achieve the larger ones. Make sure you know what your goals are as you create your plan for the year as this will help you to have a more productive year in all areas of your life.

7. Spend Some Time on Yourself

Most homesteaders don’t sit around and talk about self-care usually. The reason being, we’re all busy and don’t consider ourselves as frequently as we should.

If you want this year to be a positive one with lots of productivity, you must take care of you first.

Make sure you incorporate a few ways to spend time on yourself. Schedule it into your planner and make sure you do it.

It can be something small like taking small power naps a few times a week. It could also be something more substantial such as going for a getaway where you can relax for an entire week.

Whatever relaxes you, try to incorporate more of it into your life this year. It will make you more rested and therefore, have more energy to be productive when it counts.

8. Go for It

I’m one of those people who comes up with a word for the year to motivate and focus my attention towards my goals.

This past year, I let it get away from me a bit. I’ve decided I’m not doing the same this year. My word for the year is EMBRACE for this very reason.

I know what I should be doing; I know what opportunities are in front of me, and I need to embrace them.

Don’t hold yourself back this year. Embrace what’s in front of you. If you have land, embrace it. Don’t let it sit there and go to waste.

You may not be able to do everything, but you can start developing it one area at a time.

If you have the opportunity to save money and get out of debt to work towards another goal, embrace the opportunity.

Maybe you have some personal issues going on. It may be time to embrace your new reality and work on things going on within you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

Only you know what you have, but whatever it is, embrace it for what it is and build a brighter future.

9. Know Your Limits

I know I sound like one of those, “You can do it ALL!” motivational speakers. I promise I realize we all have limits.

Therefore, as much as you shouldn’t let your attitude or negative self-talk hold you back, you should also be wise about what you can accomplish.

If I looked at you and said, “I’m going to build an entire homestead from the ground up this year.” You may look at me like I’m nuts.

Homesteads take years to build and perfect. In fact, I’m not sure you ever stop perfecting them.

But if I looked at you and said, “I’m going to add a garden to my land this year and some chickens.” That is a more realistic goal accepting my limits.

However, if your whole family is working towards a common goal, you should be able to accomplish more.

Yet, if you’re one person shooting for a goal, realize you’re exactly this: one person.

10. Embrace It All

Finally, whatever your goals are for the year, embrace it all. Don’t waste a single day. This is difficult because most people like to be flooded with their emotions and drowned in their current circumstances.

Yet, if you decide to embrace it all, you can keep your eyes fixed above your circumstances and realize where you’re going.

It’s my goal this year to be more present where I’m at right now while keeping my gaze ahead. Every moment which passes, we’ll never happen again.

Sometimes we’re grateful for this truth but other times, it makes us sad. With this in mind, take in every moment you can.

If you’re feeding the chickens, take them in. If you’re going through a rough spell emotionally, give yourself permission to feel it but keep hope you won’t feel this way forever.

When your kids laugh, soak it up because they won’t be small forever. When you hit your thumb with a hammer during a project, permit yourself to yell from the pain and laugh because of the memory you unexpectedly made.

If you do nothing else this year, it’s our hope you’ll enjoy your life and enjoy a prosperous homestead at whatever stage it may be in.

Set your goals, break them down into digestible steps, create a plan, keep a positive attitude, take care of yourself, be productive while respecting your limits, and live in each moment.

Happy New Year’s from all of us here at Morning Chores!

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