Six Tips Crush Your Goals + My 2019 Goals

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Hi friends! January is flying by, and so are a lot of new year’s resolutions. Eeek! Sadly, it is sadly true. By January 17th most people have failed their new year’s resolutions or goals and have gone back to their old ways. 2019 doesn’t have to be that year. I’m also a firm believer there’s no need to wait for January 1st to focus or re-focus on new goals. So today, I am sharing six tips to crush your goals, plus my goals for 2019 and how I plan to crush them.

The tips below are all based on my personal experience and what has worked for me. When I look back on the big goals I have achieved there are common threads.

How to Crush Your Goals

Reflection.

Before you set goals, it is so important to take a step back and think about what served you in the past year and what areas of your life need help or more attention. If you need a little inspiration, check out my 2018 reflection from earlier this month.

Be honest and focus your needs,

when you come up with your goals. I have struggled with comparing myself to others or setting goals based on where other people (with completely different circumstances) are in their lives. Don’t do that! Remember that everyone is dealt a different stack of cards and your journey is unique. Your goals should compliment that, and if they do, you’ll feel much more motivated to crush them.

Be real.

Now that you have an idea of what goals you want to accomplish, make sure they are realistic and achieves level for the next year.

For example, a couple years ago I knew I wanted to boost my running to be able to run a marathon in the following year. So, I made a goal to run 550 miles in one year.

Boil it down!

It’s great to have big goals or dreams, but make sure you determine how that boils down to monthly and weekly goals.

Using my same running goal, I determined that my monthly goal was to run 46 miles and my weekly goal was to run 11 miles.

Scheduling and tracking go hand in hand.

These are the best ways to hold yourself accountable and stay on top of your goals. At the beginning of each month I carve out time to write out my work, life and blog schedule. Then, at the beginning of each week I update my schedule and determine when I have time to fit in my various goals. I also use my planner to write notes and track my goals as the weeks and months go on.

For my running goal, I would schedule out my runs. Some weeks I could only fit in two 5.5 mile runs, other weeks I had smaller windows of availability and ran four times. Of course there were also weeks I was on vacation or got sick. That leads me to my final tip…

Give yourself a break!

Do not expect yourself to operate like a battery-operated robot 24/7. We all need a break here and there, some of us more than others, some of less. There will be weeks or seasons of our life when it feels extra hard to get things done. Remember that is normal. When you need a break, give yourself that time off and enjoy it fully. Don’t feel bad about it!

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It has definitely taken me a lot of trial and error to figure out that these are the things that I need in place to crush my goals. There have been plenty of times where I felt like a hamster on a wheel and needed to take a step back and reassess. But now, with these steps figured out, I feel like I have much more control over my goals.

Hopefully, these tips are helpful for you too! I also love hearing about other people’s goals and plans, though I personally have shied away from sharing mine. I am letting go of that fear of judgement. I also want to focus on maintaining this blog as an authentic reflection of who I am and share more about myself with you all. So, for the first time, I thought I would share my goals with you all. Here they are:

My 2019 Goals

  • Save money for a house.  This is a shared goal for Will and I. We each have a set amount of money we are trying to save this year and each month.
  • More structure and routine.  This is a broad goal, but if you read my 2018 reflection, then you know why! By default, I operate on a very random schedule with so many different aspects of my life and it can over complicate things. I am talking about going to different grocery stores each week and driving different routes to the same location. I didn’t realize this was odd until a few years ago – ha!! I also wastes some of my mental energy! So, this year I want to streamline a few things. Currently, I have started with having a set bed time and I have a few other things I want to implement over the next year, like a more set morning routine. Am I the only one who operates in a similar way!? If you have any tips, let me know!
  • Home improvements. We want to replace our carpet with hardwood or laminate floors throughout our place. I would also like to paint a couple rooms. These projects we will plan out during the months we know we will be around the most.
  • Make more time for workouts. Working from home makes it hard for me to shut work off and as a result I started working out less at the end of 2018. This year, I have a goal to attend 8 Orangetheory classes each month. That works out to roughly 2 per week, and I schedule them out a week in advance.
  • Goodbye, Diet Coke. Before my birthday in October, I want to stop drinking Diet Coke at home and decrease my daily caffeine intake. I have a plan to slowly ween myself off but I’d love to hear any advice on this front!
  • Deep clean and de-clutter our home. Where do I begin on this!? This goal consists of several things I want to clean out over the next year. I am picking something to focus on each month, including the linen closet, my clothes, electronics and items to donate or post on Craigslist.

Whether you have already failed your New Year’s goals, if you haven’t thought at all about goals for this year, or if you fall somewhere in between, my hope is these tips will help you re-focus and plan an effective way to crush your goals, like the goal digger you are!

I would love to hear what big goals you have crushed. How did you do it? What long term goals do you have for this year and beyond? How do you plan to crush them? Let me know what you think and let’s chat.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Busy Life Guide to Finding Time for Workouts

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Working out consistently when life is extra busy can be a challenge. And I’ll be honest, I’m facing that challenge head on right now. Between my job, this blog and wedding planning it often feels like I am juggling three jobs at once. Now, don’t get me wrong–I wouldn’t have it any other way! Some recent weeks have been particularly challenging for getting my workouts in and trying to tone up for our wedding. Wedding planning aside, I know many people who face periods in their life when it feels like every day brings a different schedule and it is difficult to stick to a workout routine, much less achieve fitness goals. While I am by no means perfect at finding time for workouts all the time, I have found a few tricks that make it easier to stay on track with fitness. So, whether you’re in law school studying nonstop, juggling two kids under two or putting in overtime with your new job, here is my guide for finding time for workouts when life’s busy.

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Guide to Finding Time for Workouts

  1. Keep your fitness goals realistic. This tip is all about finding a way to challenge yourself that fits your current lifestyle. For example, I currently make goals for the amount of time (180 minutes) I workout each week. This goal is easier for me to manage an accomplish than if I was focused on the number of workouts per week. I have the flexibility to six 30-minute workouts, two 90 minute workouts or anything in between.
  2. Schedule it. Every week has its own agenda and important matters. To set expectations for yourself, identify which day(s) are no-go’s for working out and schedule workouts in your calendar at the beginning of each week.
  3. Share it. Once you have set your fitness schedule, tell someone. Sharing your intention to workout, even if it’s during a casual elevator conversation, will make you much more likely to follow through on your word.
  4. Make the most of your Time. You can have a two-hour workout with light cardio, that isn’t effective or a 30-minute workout that has you wobbling out the door. The key is quality over quantity for your cardio and reps.
    • EXTRA TIP: When it comes to weight training, 10 careful reps in 30 seconds that are focused on proper form are much more efficient than 30 sloppy reps done in 30 seconds. Try doing both, and just see how the feeling in your muscles change. If you are looking for an effective cardio workout, check out my HIIT treadmill workout.
  5. No execuses. There is no time to wait for the stars to align. The next time you want to delay your workout, as you wait to feel motivated or think, “oh, just one more Netflix episode,” STOP it! Accept that there is no perfect time for your workout, and workouts are not always perfect. But, a complete workout is always better than an incomplete one. I guess Nike was on to something with their slogan – Just do it!

“Success at anything will always come down to this: FOCUS & EFFORT and we control both.” – Dwayne Johnson

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“You won’t always love the workout, but you will always love the RESULTS!”

UK fashion brand T.M.Lewin, who specializes in men’s dress shirts,  has created an infographic of fitness tips and interesting facts to optimize your workout. I think these will be particularly helpful if you have a 9-5 job like me!

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Hopefully you are now feeling more motivated and better equipped to stay focused on your fitness goals. I would love to hear more about how finding time for workouts works for you. Do you have new obstacles in your way when it comes to accomplishing your fitness goals? Do you do any of the same things I do to get your workouts in? Let’s discuss in the comments section!

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Making 2017 Plans with my Erin Condren Planner

What if I told you you’re 42% more likely to acheive your New Year’s resolutions if you wrote them down?

Well this is true, according to a recent study. In fact, if you are serious about acheiving your 2017 resolutions or goals, I’d encourage you to get a planner and write down different sub-goals or supporting goals on your calendar that will lead to your acheivement.

During the later half of last year when I was job searching, I got into a weekly rhythm of looking at my week or weeks ahead, creating to-do lists and writing down goals or plans. I began doing this at the beginning of the week and realized just how helpful that time was in keeping myself focused on the tasks I wanted to accomplish.

As a part of this routine, I wrote down my to-dos, reminders, events, etc. in an agenda I got from Target. While this agenda worked fine and had the main layout one needs in an agenda, I started thinking last month about getting a fancier 2017 agenda to help me continue this planning routine into the New Year.

So, of course, I dove into a blackhole of internet research for hundreds of planners and agendas. It was really annoying to me that so many agendas started in August 2016 and continued to December 2017. I mean I am not the only person who is not in school that uses a planner, right? And then, these companies are making agendas that end in December.. so wouldn’t they also make ones that start in January? Anyway, I digress. I finally decided on getting the Erin Condren LifePlanner™.

I really liked the design of the LifePlanner, the different layouts and how customizable it was. For my planner, I chose the 12-month calendar and the “in bloom gold metallic” design for the front/back cover. Then, I chose the vertical layout (pictured below) with the colorful theme. I also chose to add-on a to-do list dashboard that snaps into my planner. The great thing about this dashboard is that it can be moved to a different page of your planner and can be easily reused throughout the year because you use wet erase (or dry erase) markers on it.

Overall, I am enjoying this planner so far and would recommend it to anyone. The biggest downside is the price, which is high compared to traditional planners, especially if you start adding several accessories for the planner to your cart. However, if getting a stylish and personalized planner will entice you to use your planner regularly and keep you focused on the things you want to accomplish, then it is definitely worth it in my mind. The planner comes with a lot of stickers, as well. I’m not sure how much I’ll actually end up using them, but I know that might be a big plus for some. Erin Condren also has tons of office accessories, notebooks and other planners for specific things like making lesson plans for school or wedding planning.

In general, I just find it so refreshing to write things down on paper. Electronic calendars can definitely be useful, but there’s something about writing a goal down that makes it stick. If you have a favorite planner, I’d love to hear about it.

Here’s to everyone acheiving their goals in 2017 – cheers!

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