Are New Year Resolutions Important?

At the end of the year, it’s common for people to make New Year’s Resolutions. Some people often opt out of this tradition because it can be a challenge to keep them throughout the new year, and no one wants to feel defeated.

So, are New Year’s resolutions important? This is a personal choice, and it can help you to keep track of your goals. When you decide to make a resolution, you’re deciding that you need to improve or change something. Whether it’s getting good marks, starting that business, changing some habits, or anything really. This self-reflection is important for everyone.

Setting Goals

Goals will not be the same for everyone, nor will the journey to achieving them. Know what you want and set your goals accordingly to achieve them. If you’re trying a New Year’s resolution this year, here are a few tips:

  • Be realistic. Ask yourself if the goal relates to something important in your life.
  • Spend time planning. First, consider what want to achieve and commit to it. You can have short-, medium- and long-term goals to make them achievable.
  • Take baby steps and adjust your goals as you go, you don’t have to put pressure on yourself.
  • Don’t beat yourself up when you get a setback.
  • If there may be challenges, be prepared to keep going.
  • If you are going to make any change, pick a time that’s right for you that will make it easier for you to achieve your goals.

Whether you’re setting a New Year’s resolution this year or not, take some time to reflect on the year behind you. Look at the habits you want to continue and the ones you want to let go of. Most importantly, go easy on yourself.

Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

 

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How to create a visionboard for the new year

Vision boards are a fun, creative way to set and prioritise your new year goals. Your vision board is meant to motivate and remind you to keep your eye on the prize. Here’s how to create your own!

What’s a vision board?

A vision board is usually a collage of images that represent goals and dreams. It can include cut-out pictures from magazines and words that help inspire you to manifest your dreams and get to where you want to go.

Defining your goals

Do a brief 10-15-minute reflection on the areas of your life that are important to you right now (eg. family, relationships, hobbies, well-being, finances). Think about what excites you and what you’d like to achieve this year. This can include doing well at school, teaching, traveling, finding a job, or starting a business. If you aren’t feeling crafty, the same exercise in a journal is just as effective.

Collect materials

Depending on what’s available to you, you can use any of the following materials to make your vision board beautiful:

Magazines, postcards, stickers, shop catalogues, wrapping paper, fabric, ribbons, leaves, flowers

Posterboard, in any size you prefer

Scissors

Glue sticks

Markers

Fabric or ribbons

Stickers, gems, sequins, metallic pens or crayons.

Find pictures that represent your goals

Start cutting out images that speak to you and gather visuals of things that align with the goals that you’ve identified. Be creative. You can use not only pictures, but anything that speaks to you. The point is to have fun while dreaming about the life you want, so don’t rush it.

Add affirmations

Your vision of the year ahead shouldn’t be focused just on images alone. Add words that describe how you’d like to feel every day, such as: joyful, abundant, powerful, fearless, loved, strong, healthy, loving, or financially free. You can either search for these words in your magazines or write them yourself.

Put your vision board up

To get the full benefit from your vision board, it’s important to place it somewhere you can see it every day. You can take a few minutes to look over your vision board at least once or twice a day. Look at it in the morning and every night before you go to sleep. That way, you’ll wake up with motivation to succeed and focus on the opportunities that’ll bring you closer to your goals.

As you continue to grow, evolve, and expand, your dreams will too. If you didn’t meet a particular goal in a month or a year that you hoped to achieve, that’s okay. Enjoy the journey!

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

How to set your 12-month goal plan

Achieving what you set out at the beginning of the year takes some planning and commitment. Without a proper plan for your goals, it can be difficult to achieve them. That’s why you need a specific and clear plan so that you can keep track of your progress. Here’s more.

Be specific

Write down what you want to achieve in the next 12 months. Be specific and as detailed as possible so that you can plan appropriately. For example, if you want to do well in school this year, set the marks you want to get and think of ways you can achieve them.

Be realistic

When setting your 12-month goal plan, make sure that you’re being realistic. You need to set goals that are achievable within 12 months. Being unrealistic can lead to disappointment and feeling demotivated. For example, if you scored 30% in a particular subject and want to improve, you’ll have to pace yourself realistically like aiming to get 50% in the first term, 70% the following term, etc.

Break down your goals

Since you’ve got 12 months to achieve your goals, it’ll make it easier for you to break them down into smaller targets that will all add up to the end goal in mind. For instance, improving your marks at the end of the year will need you to aim to improve every term because all your class tests, end of term exams, and assignments will count at the end of the year to give you your desired outcome.

Draw up a plan of action

In order to achieve your goal, you’ll need to work at it. So, write down a step by step plan on how you’ll get to your goals. Be clear on what you’ll do daily, weekly, monthly, etc to contribute to your desired goals at the end of 12 months.

Stay committed

After writing down your plan of action, you need to stay committed to it. This means following through on your daily plan of action, even when it’s difficult. You can give yourself rewards along the way to help you do this.

Choma, your goals are valid and can be reached if you give yourself the time and patience to plan for them. Remember that some goals may be more challenging to reach than others, but that shouldn’t discourage you. Keep going, you’ll get to your destination in the end.

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

How to handle the January Blues

January isn’t the easiest month for many people, and for a lot of reasons too. The December holiday fun is officially over and now your energy might be taking a real dip. Whether you’re feeling financial pressure or you’re anxious about going back to school/work, feeling negative about the beginning of the year can make you lose the hope that you need to make it through. So here are some positive ways to handle the January blues!

Stick to your resolutions

Sometimes the reason you might be feeling blue, especially towards the end of January, is because it seems like all your new year’s resolutions are slipping from your grip. For example, maybe the plans you had to start exercising and eating better aren’t going as well as you thought they would. Setting goals is good, but remember, they need to be realistic. If your goal was to start going to gym, but you know that you might not be able to afford it, try think about ways you can exercise from home, so that it’s still possible. Here’s more if you need help sticking to your new year’s resolutions.

Plan your year ahead

Whether it’s daily, weekly or monthly, planning ahead will help you stay on top of the things you want to achieve. You can use the calendar on your phone to help you plan the things you need to do in your day, and set aside time to go over your plans every evening. Planning ahead doesn’t mean that things won’t change, and adjusting your plan as changes come is completely okay.

Get lost in a book

Maybe distracting yourself (in a healthy way) may be just what you need. Reading a good book can re-inspire you for the year ahead. Take a look at this article for books to make you feel inspired, Choma.

Focus on gratitude

Instead of focusing on all the things making you feel down, and all the things that aren’t going so well, it’d be a great idea to focus on the small things that you can be grateful for. What are some of the things that are actually going well for you right now? Are there some parts of school/work you can look forward to? Holding onto gratitude can be a great way to change your attitude to give you a healthier mindset.

Choma, January blues happen to the best of us, and while it might not be something we can always ignore completely, you can change your perspectives to turn challenges into opportunities. January is a new beginning and a new opportunity to work on new goals and dreams for yourself.

Remember Choma, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657)

 

Balancing Books and Bae

So, it’s 2016 and your New Year’s resolutions are underway. You’ve committed to making this year one of your best ones yet! You’re excited to be starting a new year of school or varsity/college but you and your bae are still enjoying each other’s company (you’re practically joined to the hip!). You know that to grow a healthy relationship, you need to spend time with each other. But, you also know that studying and spending enough time with your books is just as important.

So, how do you balance your relationship with your need to learn? Balancing both can be tricky but it is possible chomas! Here is how:

Make a schedule

Plan out how much time you will need for your school work and how much time you need to spend with each other, and then schedule him/her around it. Write down your schedule. That way, it will be a little easy to stick with and neither your relationship nor your books will suffer. Your end-of-year results and bae will both appreciate this!

Have study dates

In order for this to work, you both need to be realistic about what to expect from each other. This means that you both need to be understanding enough to not distract each other from studying. Why not go to the library for a study date? You will find that it’s easier to focus on your books when you are in a public place that doesn’t allow disruption. It’s a win-win situation because you are spending time with each other while focusing on your studies. This way you are also both being positive influences to each other.

Be realistic and compromise where you can

There might be days where you feel frustrated and think that this plan of balancing your relationship with your books and relationship was just a dream – that’s normal. There will be days where you need to spend extra time with your books. There’s nothing wrong with prioritising your studies… Your partner will understand this if you are both on the same page.  Nothing and no one is perfect. But, talk to bae because nobody is a mind reader. Which brings me to my last point…

Communicate

You’ll be amazed by how much you will know about a person and what is happening in his/her life by just talking to them! So you need to communicate with your partner in order to find out what is happening in his/her life – especially when it comes to school. Once that discussion happens, you will know when their assignments are due, when exams start and when school closes. This way, neither of you will be put in a difficult position of choosing whether to go on a date with bae or a date with your books. Both of you should recognise that school needs to come first. This way, when you do experience stress with your school work, he or she will understand. You BOTH need to be considerate of each other when it comes to this.

It’s always the small things that count. So having a WhatsApp profile picture of bae with the status update “Good luck on your assignment! Can’t wait to see you for ice-cream and a movie on Saturday!” will put a smile on your partner’s face.

Make 2016 the year where you can have it all, you just have to work hard at it!