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It’s a new month again and that means setting new goals. So never mind the fact that you slept on your goals or your New Years resolution, a new month offers a new opportunity to reset.
It’s a fresh start to set new goals, create new habits, and achieve new milestones.
As we close the chapter on the previous month and begin a new one, it’s important to remember that every new month brings with it a chance to change and reach our life goals.
Your life can change in 6 months and it’s what you do each day that counts towards where you are going to be at the end of the year.
Are you willing to bet on yourself now?
I have got some spicy tips and tricks for setting new goals for a new month, it includes ideas on the type of goals to set, new month motivational quotes and the must-haves resources for goal setting.
What Is A Good Quote About A New Month?
To kick things off, I’ve gathered five short new month quotes that will inspire and motivate you with your new goals.
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Theresa
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.'” – George Elliot
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu
“New month, new intentions, new goals, new love, new light, and new beginnings.” – April Mae Monterrosa
These new month quotes are a reminder that each new month is a chance to become the best version of yourself. So embrace this new beginning with an open heart and mind, and let’s make this month your best one yet!
What Are Your Goals For A New Month?
When starting out a new month, you want to be sure that you keep your goals positive.
What Is A Positive Goal?
A positive goal is simply a desired outcome that uplifts us, improves our well-being, or adds value to our lives. It should be something we’re excited to work towards, not something that feels like a chore.
Instead of saying “I want to stop being lazy” you can turn it around and set your goal to “I want to be more active and energised”.
When setting goals think short term goals (could be 1, 3 or 6 months goals) that will eventually lead you to your life goals.
What Are Good 3 Month Goals ?
These are short term goals that help you to achieve your goals and will contribute to your long-term aspirations. Keep that in mind when setting new goals for the new month. You have to have a WHY.
Ask yourself how does this goal contribute to my bigger life goals?
Some good life goals would be to be financially secure, be in good physical health, be mentally healthy, have close relationships and to give back to your community. These goals generally take time to manifest so you have to break it down into 3 month or 6 month goals.
- Building lean muscle mass.
- Developing core strength.
- Improving cardiovascular endurance.
- Increasing flexibility and mobility.
- Eat more plant based meals.
- Boosting energy levels.
- Reduce stress and anxiety.
- Drink 2L of water.
- Improving posture and alignment.
- Incorporating more daily movement.
- Walking 10,000 steps everyday.
- Improving overall physical health.
- Boosting body confidence and self-esteem.
- Going to bed an hour earlier to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
- Improving physical appearance.
- Travel with your friends to a dream destination.
- Spend some quality time with yourself.
- Take a dance class with your partner.
- Surprise your loved ones with thoughtful gifts.
- Have a weekly date night.
- Exercise together or try a new fitness activity.
- Volunteer for a cause you both care about.
- Have an adventure, like skydiving or bungee jumping.
- Take a spontaneous road trip.
- Learn a new skill together, like painting or a language.
- Check up 3 people every day.
- Have a movie marathon with all your favourite films.
- Make a bucket list of things you want to do together.
- Have a game night with friends or family.
- Support each other’s personal goals and dreams.
- Go out and meet new people.
- Set boundaries with friends and family.
- Learn a new skill or improve an existing one.
- Increase productivity by setting daily and weekly goals.
- Collaborate with colleagues to enhance team dynamics.
- Attend industry events or networking opportunities.
- Prioritize tasks to focus on the most important projects first.
- Improve communication skills with colleagues and clients.
- Take breaks and practice self-care to prevent burnout.
- Establish a better work-life balance by setting boundaries.
- Seek feedback from colleagues and supervisors to improve performance.
- Find a mentor or coach.
- Contribute to company culture by organizing team-building activities.
- Work on your time management.
- Take on a new project or initiative to expand skills and knowledge.
- Attend training or professional development opportunities.
- Celebrate successes and recognize achievements of yourself and others.
- Build leadership skills by mentoring or managing a team.
- Improve work accuracy and attention to detail.
- Increase revenue or profits for your company or business.
- Develop a strong personal brand within the industry.
- Build a stronger professional network.
- Create a budget and stick to it. Find out the 30 creative ways to save money right now.
- Save a percentage of your income each month.
- Reduce unnecessary expenses.
- Pay off any outstanding debts or loans.
- Increase your emergency fund.
- Start or increase contributions to retirement accounts.
- Review and adjust investment portfolio as necessary.
- Track and categorize all expenses to identify areas for improvement.
- Research and compare insurance policies to ensure adequate coverage and best rates.
- Consider refinancing any high-interest loans or mortgages.
- Set a savings goal for a specific item or experience.
- Increase your income through side hustles or negotiating a raise.
- Automate bill payments to avoid late fees.
- Learn about personal finance and investment strategies.
- Create a plan for long-term financial goals like buying a house or starting a business.
- Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day.
- Spend time in nature, whether it’s a walk in the park or a hike in the mountains.
- Practice gratitude by writing down three things you’re thankful for every day.
- Read a spiritual book or listen to a podcast on spirituality.
- Attend a spiritual event or workshop.
- Connect with a spiritual community, such as a church or meditation group.
- Practice forgiveness by letting go of any grudges or resentments.
- Practice spending time with yourself, without distractions.
- Practice mindfulness by being present in the moment and focusing on your senses.
- Practice compassion by performing a random act of kindness for someone.
- Practice journaling to reflect on your thoughts and emotions.
- Set intentions for the day and visualize yourself achieving them.
- Practice yoga or another form of physical activity that connects your mind and body.
- Take a break from technology and spend time in silence or with loved ones.
- Learn about a new spiritual practice or belief to broaden your understanding.
- Read at least one book per week.
- Learn a new skill or hobby.
- Practice meditation or mindfulness daily.
- Learn a new language or practice the one you are already learning.
- Spend time with people who uplift you.
- Practice gratitude daily.
- Connect with friends or family regularly.
- Complete a personal project or goal.
- Take up a creative outlet, such as painting or photography.
- Work on improving time management and productivity.
- Prioritize your mental health.
- Find a therapist, coach, mentor or join a mastermind group.
- Limit screen time and social media use.
- Start listening to motivational podcasts and videos.
- Identify and challenge negative thought patterns via journaling.
- Reduce water usage by taking shorter showers and fixing leaks.
- Use reusable bags instead of single-use plastics when shopping.
- Turn off lights and unplug electronics when not in use.
- Start composting food waste.
- Use public transportation, carpool, bike, or walk instead of driving alone.
- Purchase locally sourced and organic produce.
- Reduce meat consumption and try plant-based meals.
- Use eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Reduce paper usage by going digital with bills and receipts.
- Plant a tree or participate in a local tree-planting event.
- Reduce energy consumption by adjusting the thermostat and using energy-efficient appliances.
- Properly dispose of hazardous waste such as batteries and electronics.
- Reduce plastic waste by using a refillable water bottle and avoiding single-use plastic utensils.
- Support environmentally conscious companies and organizations.
- Adopt a minimalist lifestyle.
New Month New Goals: Tips For Goal-Setting
It’s the start of a new month! The perfect time to hit the reset button and start afresh. So, how do I start a new month strong, you ask ?
1. Take the time to reflect
First, take some time to reflect on the previous month. What worked? What didn’t? Use this reflection to make a plan for the upcoming month.
Reflect on what you want to achieve and why you want to achieve it. Ask yourself basic but profound questions like; what are the consequences of not achieving this goal? How will this goal affect my overall life or outlook?
Reflecting helps to make a mental note of your why, giving you clarity of purpose and more importantly grabbing the bull by the horns!
2. Set Smart Goals
Set specific goals and make a list of actionable steps you can take to achieve them.
When setting new goals for the new month, the SMART approach is key. What does this mean? It means setting specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound goals.
This approach helps break down a long term goal into smaller achievable parts, which helps create momentum as you gradually reach each milestone.
A SMART goal can look like this;
Specific: I want to lose 30lbs
Measurable: The goal is to lose 10lbs in the next 3 months
Achievable: I can workout 3 – 4 times a week in the mornings for 1 hour, I can do intermittent fasting from 7pm -12pm
Relevant: I want to get in shape and live a healthy lifestyle
Timed: I will have lost 30lbs on the 2nd July, ready for my summer vacation
Investing in SMART goal helps create opportunities to celebrate your achievements at each milestone.
3. 80 20 Rule
Next, prioritise your tasks and make a schedule for yourself.
Apply the 80 20 rule.
What are your top 20% activities that will deliver 80% of your desired results. It’s another way of saying what’s the easiest thing you can do today that will produce the most results. Word smart not hard.
While it’s good to place all your goals at equal importance, ranking them according to their level of urgency or importance is essential.
It’s a way of creating a roadmap of how to approach each of them and helps you keep your eye on the ball. It’s good to bite only as much as you can chew, rather than spreading yourself thin.
After all, we only have 24 hours in a day.
4. Make it a habit
Start small. Make your goals easy before they can become a habit.
Are you tired of writing down goals or telling people what you want to do and never taking action? I know the feeling! There is a simple tip to help make our dreams a reality – make it a habit!
It’s all in the repetition, folks.
If you consistently take small steps towards your goal every day, it will eventually become second nature. For example, if your goal is to run a marathon, start small by committing to running just a mile a day.
Start with a 10 day challenge. Then a 30 day challenge. And a 100 day challenge.
Eventually, you’ll be running several miles without even breaking a sweat. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
“It gets easier when you do it repeatedly, it gets harder when you avoid it”Favour Ebede
5. Be Accountable
If all else fails, make a deal with someone really mean to be sure you achieve your goals. Or with someone that you would hate to lose their respect.
An accountability partner is a hack that can drive you to achieve your new goals for the new month.
If you don’t have an accountability partner, coach or a mentor, I suggest you get one. Their role is to check in on you, ask about your progress and rally behind you to keep the momentum going. It’s a kind of win-win situation for both parties.
Accountability partners act as a sounding board, the wind beneath one’s wings, and provide motivation and encouragement for you to keep pushing through.
Make it fun for yourself by turning this into a game – You reward yourself when you hit major milestones. This will help you stay motivated in the long run.
6. Practise Self Care
I can’t ignore the power of self-care while pursuing any goal.
The excitement of working towards goals can be draining and overwhelming, and without breaks can lead to lead to burnout (which by the way can take several years to fully recover from) and depression.
Practicing self-care is not selfish; it’s rather an act of self-love.
Taking the time to go for a spa treatment, binging on your favourite show, saying NO to unnecessary meetings and putting your feet up, are some examples of self-care practices that rejuvenate and refresh you in tackling life head-on.
With a little bit of self care planning and dedication, you can start this new month off on the right foot.
New Month New Goals Must-Haves
Journal to reflect
Journaling is a powerful tool to help you reflect and track your progress.
By writing down your thoughts and feelings, you’ll be able to gain clarity on what you want to achieve and what steps you need to take to get there.
Use this journal to reflect on your goals, write own how you felt throughout the week, what’s working for you and what isn’t, write down your little wins.
You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to stay motivated when you can see all your hard work paying off on paper!
Use a planner
A planner is a great way to ensure that you stay on top of your goals and don’t forget any important tasks.
It’s a great way to plan your daily, weekly, or even monthly goals.
Set specific deadlines for each of your goals, and then break them down into smaller tasks that you can schedule into your planner.
This will keep you accountable and help you stay organized, so you can make the most of your time and achieve your goals.
I recommend using a weekly planner pad that you can tear off. That way you see the goals that you’re working towards for the week, otherwise let’s be real if it’s in a book it’s easier to forget about it.
Get this weekly planner sheet here.
A vision board is a visual representation of your goals and dreams.
It’s a great way to get motivated and stay focused on what you want to achieve. You can create a vision board by finding pictures or words that represent your goals and vision, then arrange them on a board or paper.
Place your vision board where you can see it every day, and let it remind you of what you’re working towards. Visualizing your goals every day can help you stay motivated and make progress towards achieving your dreams.
I personally love to listen to this audio whenever I need help visualising my dream life.
Motivational quotes for the new month
Motivational quotes are a great way to stay inspired and motivated throughout the month.
Find a few new month motivational quotes that resonate with you and write them down in your journal or on sticky notes.
Place them in areas where you can see them throughout the day.
These motivational quotes will remind you of why you started and help you push through any challenges that come your way in the new month.
Reading motivational books or listening to podcasts is a great way to gain inspiration and learn from others who have achieved their goals.
Look for books or podcasts that align with your goals and interests. Hearing other people’s stories and examples can provide you with valuable insights and strategies on how to achieve your goals.
You can listen to my podcast GIRL, you are magic, here on Apple Podcasts.
Writing down new goals for the new month can be an exciting and worthwhile if approached with the right mindset and tips.
Remember, taking the time to reflect, setting SMART goals, prioritizing your goals, having an accountability partner, and practicing self-care are the pillars of organic growth and success.
Don’t strive for perfection, persevere and seek progress, no matter how small. Slaying goals is not a job for the faint-hearted, but with the above tips, you are sure to manifest your dream life.