2013 Resolutions, Priorities and Goals

2012 is gone and done with. The last few months were so busy that I literally forgot to make some resolutions for 2013. Besides the standard resolutions of eating better and actually working out, there are more important, goal-oriented resolutions to focus on.

Obviously I have poor time management skills if I have forgotten to make resolutions. According to a Forbes.com article, Benjamin Franklin came up with an approach to change personal habits that allow for proper time management. Primarily focused with changing character traits, Franklin suggested that people should be as honest with themselves as they can about what they want and why they want it. This is the foundation for how you will factor goals into your day. Franklin pointed out something that I think a lot of people tend to ignore: Listening to your own body. It’s important to pay attention to your body such as energy levels, both mental and physical, and understand what affects them positively and negatively. The better you feel then the more likely you won’t let little things stress you out during the day. When focusing on daily goals set fewer priorities. Focus on two things that are important to you that day and focus your energy on accomplishing them to your standards. Whether your priorities are work related or personal, you can achieve them with the right mindset. It’s important to focus on the task in front of you opposed to the overall bigger picture.

My goals for 2013 revolve around time management, fitness, and starting a professional career. As a graduate student who works and has an internship, I find it hard to find time for myself and I have lost track of a lot of my priorities such as running and cooking healthy meals. Those are both things I enjoy that relax me, but my schedule has made it difficult to do them both. By practicing better time management skills I can accomplish my fitness goals as well as organize my life a little better. The end of graduate school is looming, which means I will have another life-style change to adjust to. I have to prepare myself for the reality that a job might not be there when I graduate and that I might have to experience the stress of unemployment. If things go the way I would like them, then I will finish 2013 with a career underway. Given the opportunity for a career calls for a whole new set of goals revolving around professionalism. For me personally I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I just have to work hard to get there and feel accomplished.

There are many ways you can incorporate social media into securing that you accomplish your resolutions. Create a Tumblr account and blog about your goals. If it’s fitness, talk about fitness. If it’s about your job, use it as a tool to track your successes and recognize your failures. You can also tweet your accomplishments. Acknowledge that you achieved something and share it with your followers. If they do the same, it can be used as a motivational tool. If you are an active Facebook user, take advantage of the timeline. I know many of us are still dissatisfied with the Facebook layout, but it’s a useful tool to gage how you spend your time and whether or not you are actually working on achieving your goals and to remind yourself of the positive things that you just had to post. You might even realize that you express a lot of negativity and realize that you need to make some changes.

So start 2013 off right. By using social media and taking the time to focus on what you really want to accomplish, 2013 can be a great year. A few months in you can look over everything you’ve tracked and give yourself a pat on the back for your progress. Sometimes its hard to really see that you are changing and succeeding and through social media you have it all right in front of you.