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Setting Realistic Goals for 2023

Jan 06, 2023 02:00PM ● By Minna Davies

With the start of a new year, it's time to set some goals and make changes in your life. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the potential opportunities at this time of year, but we're here to help. We will outline six things you can do this new year to take control of your life and reach your goals. From setting up a budget to decluttering your home, these simple steps can help you set yourself up for success as you move into 2023.


Set realistic goals

The most important part of setting goals is ensuring they are achievable. It's no use setting a goal to lose 100 pounds in a month – it's just not going to happen, and you'll only end up feeling disappointed. Similarly, don't set yourself the goal of getting a new job if you don't have the qualifications or experience required.

Instead, focus on setting smaller goals that you know you can achieve. For example, if your goal is to lose weight, set a realistic target, such as losing five pounds in the first month. Or, if your goal is to get a new job, focus on sending out 10 applications per week.


By breaking down your goals into smaller, more achievable targets, you'll be much more likely to stay motivated and see success this year.

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Get organized

The new year is a great time to get organized. You can do many things to get your life in order and start the new year off on the right foot.

One of the first things you can do is take some time to declutter your home. This will help you clear your mind and make more space for the things that matter most. You can also plan how you want to organize your time and schedule some dedicated "me time" each week.


Another great way to get organized is to set some goals for yourself. What do you want to achieve this year? Write down your goals and create a plan of action to help you reach them. Remember to celebrate your accomplishments along the way!

Finally, take some time to evaluate your relationships. Are there any toxic relationships in your life that need to be ended? Commit to yourself to surround yourself with positive people who support your dreams and aspirations.

You'll be well on your way to having a happy and prosperous new year by taking these steps!

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Save money

The new year is a great time to save money and get your finances in order. Here are some tips to help you save money in the new year:

1. Make a budget and stick to it. Knowing how much money you have coming in and where it is can help you make better spending decisions throughout the year.

2. Cut back on unnecessary expenses. Take a close look at your spending habits and see where you can cut back, such as eating out less or buying fewer coffee drinks.


3. Start saving for specific goals. Whether you're saving for a rainy day fund or for retirement, setting aside money each month will help you reach your goal quicker.

4. Invest in yourself. Consider taking courses or learning new skills that can help you earn more money down the road.

5. Make a plan. A solid financial plan will give you a roadmap to follow and help keep you accountable throughout the year.

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Eat healthily

If you want to be healthier this year, start by eating healthier. That means filling your plate with more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and cutting back on processed foods, sugary drinks, and red meat.

It can be tough to change your eating habits, but start small and aim for one new healthy food each week. And remember to make sure you're getting enough protein, which helps keep you feeling full and satisfied.

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Spend time with loved ones

One of the best things you can do this New Year is to spend time with your loved ones. Whether going on a family vacation, having a movie night at home, or spending an afternoon together, quality time with those you love is always cherished. Plus, it's the perfect way to start the year feeling refreshed and renewed.

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 Minna Davies is a creative writer and a thespian with a degree in theatre arts from the University of Lagos.  He has been privileged to have some of his works featured on Nigeria's big stages.  It is important to dream, but if no one gets to see it, it is as good as dead. 

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