There’s nothing more I love than the start of new month. With the anticipation of a clean slate, you’re feeling inspired, creative, and optimistic. You may be starting a new project or venture, or maybe have some exciting travel plans. Whatever you got going on, it’s important to set new goals at the beginning of each month to stay focused, but it’s also important to stay motivated . When daily tasks and responsibilities start to feel like a chore, or the feeling of boredom and “what’s the point?” begin to arise, maintaining a new habit or goal can become very challenging. This is why you need to create happiness goals in addition to your main goals to help keep you balanced, happy, and motivated. Don’t know what a happiness goal is? Keep reading to find out.
Happiness goals are different than your main goals or objectives in a sense that they are usually smaller tasks and aren’t necessarily filed under “urgent” or “important,” but are vital to fight against stress and overwhelm. I like to refer to them as activities that promote relaxation and would be categorized under “me time,” such as a bubble bath, reading a book, a hobby, meditating, or going for a walk.
Think of Them As a Self-Care To-Do List
Happiness goals are essentially tasks and activities you prioritize to do for
yourself, rather than for someone else. It’s very important to practice self-love
, so I like to think of them as a self-care to-do list. The activity itself and checking them off will make you feel good and accomplished!
Stay Inspired and Positive
When we’re stressed out or sad we tend to only focus on the negative things in our lives, which becomes a downward spiral. Having a small list of tasks that promote happiness and joy will enable you to eliminate and control stress
and help you refocus on maintaining your main goals and healthy habits.
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Break Up the Monotony of Daily Routines
I’m the kind of person that can start a new habit or routine and feel super pumped for the first few weeks or so, then hit a plateau because I get bored or tired of the same thing. A good example of this is Kayla Istine’s Bikini Body Guide. I got all the way through week 9 of the program and then started to lose focus and motivation to keep up with it. The moves got harder, I got tired of working out in my living room, and I lost focus and discipline. Incorporating happiness goals will give you an opportunity to do something different and help you stay inspired!
Avoid Creative Ruts and Burnout
We all hit points of our life where we feel uninspired, unmotivated, and just plain burnt out. If you’re a blogger or work in another creative field or social media, it is very easy to fall into a dark world that leaves you feeling unmotivated, stressed, and sad. I recently just hit my own place of stress and blogger burnout
and refocused my priorities and time to take time for myself. Prioritizing and scheduling that me time will really help you in the long run to avoid building up negative emotions and stress.
Benefits All Aspects of Your Life
The power of happiness goals is that they will affect more than just one area of your life: personal goals, dreams, work, school, hobbies, side hustle/business, social life, family life, etc. They’re meant to keep your day-to-day spirits high, creating positivity and uplift that will transform your overall outlook on life and dare I say–achieve a happier and intentional life.
My April Happiness Goals
Now I want to share my 5 happiness goals for the month of April. This month is always special to me not only because it’s my birthday month (April 27!) but also because it’s when it starts to really feel like spring. Everyone seems to be in a better mood and the feelings of love and inspiration spread like wild-fire.
My happiness goals are nothing too crazy or urgent, but rather simple things that I know that they will boost my mood and keep me inspired this month. Some of these things I’ve held in the back of my mind, just thinking about them rather than putting them to action. By sharing these I hope to hold myself accountable to check them off my list and I know I’ll feel fulfilled and motivated to create more for next month. Hopefully I can spark some ideas if you’re trying to think of some for yourself!
1. Buy Myself Flowers
2. Put Together a Binder of Recipes
3. Create a Mood Board
4. Walk to Work More
5. Spend More Time With Friends
Here at In Search of Sheila I love goal setting, prioritizing, and maintaining happiness, but what I love more is sharing these things with my readers. That’s why I’m not only going to share my happiness goals with you every month, but also free monthly printables to help keep you inspired and motivated. To get you started for the month of April I encourage you to download my free April 2017 goal planning and calendar printables which I personally used in this post! I created sections for your main and happiness goals, along with sections for other tasks and responsibilities you got going on. I can’t wait to set up my mood/visualization board and stick mine on there for daily reminders to focus on my goals and tasks.
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I’d love to hear what your happiness goals are for April! Comment them down below if you already have some and feel like sharing 🙂
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