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 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.
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
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.
Here at In Search of Sheila I love goal setting, prioritizing, and maintaining happiness. That’s why I’m sharing free monthly planning printables to help keep you inspired and motivated. 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. There will be new monthly printables every month that you can download straight to your device here!
I’d love to hear what your happiness goals are! Comment them down below if you already have some and feel like sharing 🙂