How To Set Yourself Achievable Goals For 2018

Sharing some tips on how to set yourself achievable goals for 2018!

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I've absolutely LOVED reading everyone's goals/plans for 2018 posts, but I can't help but think it can sometimes be a little overwhelming, with that age old friend 'comparison' leering over your shoulder.

I adore reading people's personal, professional and travel goals for an exciting year ahead, but that being said it is so easy to slip into the whole 'are my goals big enough', 'should I be aiming higher' - which is silly because our own goals, no matter how big or small, are our goals - and what makes them individual is that they're tailored to our wants, needs and plans.

I know some people are super ambitious and find setting goals really drives them to work harder and push on to achieve them, whilst I also know people that just see New Years day as just another day and they don't set themselves any goals, which is also fine - there's absolutely no right or wrong; it's just purely whatever works for you.

I find that writing down and setting myself a few goals, no matter how big or vague, does actually help me to kind of shape up my year and know what's the driving force behind certain aspects of my life. I don't put pressure on myself to achieve them; it's just a nice reminder of what I'd like to achieve, if I can.

That being said, I thought I'd put together a post, to help you guys, and to remind myself on how to achieve the goals that you set yourself this year!...

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If you want to travel more: 

For me, travel is always my biggest goal each year so I always prioritise travel each year as it's what I hope to do the most of and 2018 is no different. But of course, with travel comes the cost. I'm always on the look out for budget deals, offers and trying to save as much as I can to fund my wanderlust.

Here are my top tips on being savvy when it comes to travel:

1.) Saving for travel - one of the biggest set backs from stopping most of us just upping and leaving is money. As I'm getting older my priorities are shifting and a huge chunk of my saving is going towards our house fund but I always set a side some funds for travel.

One of my top tips would be to save little and often, whether it's in a piggy bank or online banking, try and save the change in yourself, or transfer £10-£20 per week into a travel specific savings fund. Save what you can, when you can and you'll be surprised at how quickly it adds up. Soon you'll have enough for an Easyjet flight in Europe or some Eurostar tickets to Paris!

2.) Travel smart - I'm always on Skyscanner or Expedia checking out their latest offers (it's worth keeping an eye on airlines websites direct too, Norwegian and Virgin always have great sales!). I booked some Eurostar tickets to Paris recently for £56 return which I was so chuffed with.

I'm all about budget travel, it's lovely to stay in nice hotels but if I travel on a budget and it means that I can take four trips as opposed to one expensive one then I'd always try and travel smart to see more!

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If you want to save more: 

I'll be completely honest and admit that before last year, I've always been a bit crap at saving. I've always chucked clothes, travel and just life things into the fuck it bucket and not worried too much about saving, or lack of should I say. Then last year Ben and I decided to open a joint account and things got a little bit real for me, in the best way possible though because it really made me check myself and my lifestyle and realise how much money I was wasting.

I started by setting myself a monthly goal of how much to save so it would drive me to make sure I was putting aside that about each month, to be honest being self employed I found this much harder as my payments are more irregular but I'd always try and get a chunk away each month.

Cut out things like daily coffee, eating out, put yourself on a clothes buying ban for one month, it's so easy to slip into consumerism and believing that we 'need' things to fulfil us when really, we actually don't. Try digging out clothes that you haven't worn for a while and reinventing them by styling them up with new pieces, start making lunches instead of eating out everyday and taking a flask of coffee rather than a daily Pret visit. These things really will add up and you'll have much more disposable income at the end of every month!

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If you want to utilise your time better:

This for me is something I really want to focus on this year, I took severe digital detoxes in 2017 and it made me realise how much I needed to take regular breaks from the online world and engage in 'offline time'. For me family, friends  and loved ones are always priority, as long as they're happy and healthy, nothing else really matters that much.

This year I want to make more time for me, to relax, recharge and switch off, but also for Ben, my girls and my family too. Whether it's taking my brother for lunch or popping over to my nans, taking a trip with my girlfriends or spending the weekends at Ben's, these are the years/times we can't get back and I want to cherish every moment with them.

How I'm going to utilise my time better in 2018, and how you can too:

1.) Work smarter, not harder - This is a big thing for me as it's so easy to be overwhelmed and just feel like you need to do all of the things to feel like you've achieved something, when in reality it's about doing less but doing it well.

2.) Prioritise your time - Again another important point as it's easy to say yes to everything and everyone when it's absolutely okay to decline invites, nights outs etc if you don't want to go, don't feel like you have to do something! Stop giving your time to people that you don't really want to give it to, and start using that valuable time for yourself and those who really matter in your life. Don't feel guilty for saying no!

How are you planning to achieve your goals this year? Did you find this post helpful for setting your goals? What are your goals for 2018?

21 Comments

  1. Alice 10th January 2018 / 9:54 am

    Totally agree with all of this! Last year travel could not be a priority with saving for a house, then the inevitable spend on doing it up, so this year I’d like to really flip that around! I haven’t ever put money aside specifically for travelling, but having separate accounts for the house worked (and I’d give anyone trying to save big chunks of money exactly the same advice as you have – cut out all the little extras and they soon add up!), so I think I’m going to open a savings account purely for my travel budgets! Alice xxx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Ah girl it’s been SO worth it though your home looks absolutely beautiful! I’m really hoping that this year we can manage to focus on the house savings but also travel too. I know we’ll have to cut back on the travel but like you said I’m just trying to cut out the smaller things so I can save more! Can’t wait to follow your adventures this year lovely! 🙂 x

  2. Lisa Autumn 10th January 2018 / 2:02 pm

    Love your realistic approach hun 🙂

    xx Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you lovely – so glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂 x

  3. Hazel 10th January 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Really enjoyed this, nice to look at it from a different perspective, especially with so many posts going around in the last week. I to have gotten on the saving buzz and its hard to do everything all the time! I never thought of taking coffee to work in a flask! Great shout, makes our Nespresso earns it keep a bit more 🙂 Happy New Year! xx

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:47 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this post lovely! 🙂 It definitely does help cut out those daily coffee costs! 🙂 Happy New Year to you too! x

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:47 pm

      Same lovely – here’s to another year of adventures! 🙂 x

  4. Immy May 11th January 2018 / 10:47 am

    Ah Hayley these tips were SO helpful – especially the travel ones. I am so desperate to start traveling a lot more this year, but it is always money that gets in the way! Will definitely keep an eye out for those sales and deals, eep! Can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for you my love. Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:50 pm

      So glad to hear that lovely! Same love, going to really try and save up more for travel this year, definitely do love – there’s always such good travel sales! 🙂 Same love, can’t wait to see what this year holds for you! 🙂 x

  5. Amy 11th January 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Love this girl, you know I’m all about achievable goals and not getting overwhelmed with resolutions! I’m with you on the love of Skyscanner – I think I’m on there daily haha!
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Ah thanks so much lovely lady – so happy you enjoyed the post! It’s so easy to do isn’t it?! Oh god same love, forever planning trips haha! x

  6. Gabrielle 11th January 2018 / 11:13 pm

    This is such a great post and packed full with helpful advice! I’m all about working smarter rather than harder, that was actually also one the things I noted having learnt in 2017! Your travel tips are so on point, will definitely be keeping those in mind babe 🙂 Have a fabulous weekend ahead!!

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    x

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you love – so happy you enjoyed it! I’m really going to try and put that one into practice, this year more so than ever as I felt so burnt out at the end of last year! Thank you love, you too! <3 x

  7. Josie 12th January 2018 / 12:05 pm

    Love this – this is definitely the year I start properly saving money and making better use of my time! Travel is obviously a big focus of my life too and I’m very excited to hopefully be jetting off more in the future, but at the moment the bank account disagrees, so I’m making a lot of effort to balance my priorities and make the things I want to become reality!

    Daughter of An Air Hostess // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:53 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post love! 🙂 Same, last year was the first year that I actually started saving and it felt so good to know I had just a bit of support behind me, hoping I can still travel and continue to save – I hope you have an incredible year! <3 xo

  8. Lucy 12th January 2018 / 5:20 pm

    This is a great post! I really need to learn to work smarter haha, I’m very good at dragging things out over a long period of time. I haven’t really bothered to set myself goals this year, I’ve got a few big things happening this year so I’m just going to get those done and save the resolutions for 2019 :p xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you love – so glad you enjoyed it! Haha I’m still practicing that one myself! Same, I’m a nightmare for actually just doing it sometimes! Sometimes that’s the best way, to just let everything unfold naturally! 🙂 x

  9. Layla 13th January 2018 / 2:14 pm

    LOVE this post hun! All the tips you share are brilliant and I can’t wait to see more from you this year! Hope you’re well hun!

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    • Hayley 15th January 2018 / 5:51 pm

      Thank you lovely – so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Same love, I hope you have an amazing 2018! <3 x

  10. Kerstin 16th January 2018 / 9:33 pm

    First, let me tell you how beautiful you look in these pictures Hayley. Also, thank you so so much for sharing. I’m an overachiever when setting goal and make myself miserable because I can NEVER achieve them. So this really comes in handy and important for me.

    love, kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com

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