We always start the new year with good intentions. We’ll eat better, we’ll study more, the list goes on + on. This time, in order to not lose sight of your goals, set weekly, monthly, or quarterly check-ins. These will allow you to stay organized + accountable. Try these four things next time you want to set a few checkpoints —
1] TAKE PHOTOS
Take *before photos* + keep them easily accessible to remind yourself of what you’re working towards. They can also be used as motivation when you’re feeling stressed or debating giving up. Not to mention that when you reach your actual checkpoint, you’ll be able to see the actual progress + difference you’ve made.
2] TELL A BOLT BABE
At times, we could all use someone to help motivate + inspire us. Tell your friend what you’re working towards so that they can check-in on you + make sure you’re staying on track. It can be easier to have a partner when it comes to things such as working out or studying, so maybe even set a few goals together. Remember — your CHAARG girls are always there to help ya out : )
3] KEEP A JOURNAL
Journaling is a great way to practice mindfulness, ++ you can choose to write about what you need the most. Whether it’s documenting your goals, what’s holding you back, or how you’re feeling, a journal can keep you accountable if it’s daily or even weekly. We encourage the Five Minute Journal flow, which allots 5 minutes at the beginning, middle, + end of your day to check in with yourself + your goals. At the end of the week, you can look back + track your actions + see where you want to improve in the future.
4] USE A REWARD SYSTEM
If you’re making monthly check-ins, set a reward for yourself at each one. This way, you have something extra to work for. We like to think that our streak of motivation won’t waver, but sometimes we all need that extra push. For example, if you make it to the gym 5 days a week for a month, #treatyoself with that new CHAARG gear you’ve been eyeing ; )
By using these four tips, 2017 is sure to be the year you make things happen. Stay focused, write things down + continue to find new ways to stay motivated. With hard work + determination, you’re guaranteed results!
++ Katie Kochanny (kk_inchaarg) // Michigan State University