“A Goal Without A Plan Is Just A Wish…”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Skip the resolutions and focus on creating habits instead.
A new year brings a natural, fresh start, a clean slate, and the perfect time to start planning for the months ahead. It can be exciting for some, but exhausting for many others. If you often find yourself with positive intentions but no motivation to actually make the changes – you are not alone. According to the U.S. News & World Report, 80% of all people who make New Year’s resolutions drop them by the second week of February. We have outlined some suggestions for creating life-changing habits and ultimately turning your wishes into attainable goals in 2021.
Define A Measurable Goal For Yourself
Let’s use money as an example. As an EnviroPerks member, we know you are focused on saving money and being fiscally responsible. That’s a great goal but, what does “saving money” actually mean? A specific goal is something like, “I want to save $5,000 this year on household expenses.” This specificity makes your success more measurable and gives you a starting point from which to create a plan. The more specific your plan, the better your chances are to meet or exceed that goal, so dial it in.
Set The Table For Success
In order to achieve your goal, you need to remove any potential barriers and outline action items for yourself. If you’re looking to save $5,000 on household expenses, try framing a budget, using a grocery list when you shop, eliminating impulse purchases, clipping coupons, and searching for the best deals. These discrete tasks work well because they can be added to lists and actively completed. As previously mentioned, writing “save money” on a to-do list won’t get you far, but clipping coupons just might!
Start From A Solid Foundation
As an EnviroPerks member, you are already a savvy shopper, so lean in and build upon this good habit. Take this practice of deal-seeking and map out a budget of your expenses. Then, seek deals on our platform that align with your standard purchases. Make it a habit to visit the site more often and double check the platform before you make an online purchase. You could be missing out on deals for items you were already buying! New deals are added daily!
Measure Your Success
Check in with yourself and track your progress against your goals. This will keep you accountable. It doesn’t have to be a chore – make it fun! Sketch a savings tracker in your planner or find an app on your phone that does the work for you. When you check in regularly, you’ll be equipped to make adjustments or tweaks as necessary. This won’t be as arduous as changing the whole plan completely. Not every day is going to be perfect and there will be missteps but don’t let that stop you entirely.
Join The Conversation
There are thousands of people with goals just like yours in our EnviroPerks social community. Join like-minded savers and deal seekers for motivation, ideas, accountability, motivation, and tips on the best deals on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Share your success tips with others – you never know, your post could be the spark that helps another create life-changing habits for the new year.
We look forward to hearing about your goal-achieving stories and how you made 2021 the best year yet!