Motivation Monday: Quarterly Resolutions & my Fourth Quarter Goals

Motivation Monday: Quarterly Resolutions & my Fourth Quarter Goals

Like most humans, I make New Year’s resolutions when January 1st rolls around. Also like most humans, my New Year’s resolutions rarely make it to see June let alone the end of the year. That’s why this year, I’ve been doing “Quarterly Resolutions” instead of one really long and oversimplified list of goals on January 1st. Every three months, I set some new, very specific intentions and I’ve found that these shorter term resolutions are more likely to be successful that generalized long term ones. In this shorter time frame, I can focus more on each goal, see progress, and adjust my goals as needed. Plus, there’s no pressure to try and do something for a whole year. As human beings, we all grow and change and need new goals to suit these changes. Abandoning a New Year’s resolution feels too much like a failure, when really, sometimes our intentions and the things we set out to do naturally need to change as we progress.

Since October begins the fourth quarter of the year, I’ve decided to share my Quarterly Resolutions for the end of 2016 with y’all! Here they are:

My Fourth Quarter Resolutions

  1. Enroll June Bug in training classes and work towards her AKC STAR Puppy and Canine Good Citizen certificates
  2. Continue to grow my blog – specifically, keep up with my new regular posting schedule and improve my photography skills
  3. Work with my reactive dog, Chewy, at least twice a week to improve his sociability (I’ll write more on this later)
  4. Make more meals at home (I’m aiming for making dinner at home 4-5 days a week. Gotta start somewhere)
  5. Start my 5K training with Troy by running at least 3 times a week (yay!)

I consider myself a closeted type A person. I don’t have the more noticeable traits such as perfect organizational skills like my Mom or my brother, but I am a big fan of logic, order, and especially lists. My goals are very much in line with these tendencies. I’ve found through my 23 years of list making and goal setting that my goals need to be very specific. Notice that instead of saying “train June Bug,” I set the specific intention of eventually helping her to earn her Canine Good Citizen certificate. Similarly, instead of saying, “run more,” I have a race in mind and the intention of running at least 3 times a week. With these easily measurable benchmarks, I’ve found it’s a lot easier to gauge my progress and success. Also, for the next quarter, if I have these really specific metrics, I can create new goals based on my progress. Once I run the race I’m training for with Troy, my next goal could be “run a 5K in less than 25 minutes.” I also keep these Quarterly Resolutions lists pretty short – I only have five for the fourth quarter. This way, I don’t get too overwhelmed. I try to avoid setting myself up for failure by trying to make too many changes or doing too many things at once.

There’s nothing quite like that fresh start feeling you get when a new year rolls around, but I like to recreate that feeling every 3 months because it’s super motivating. If you need to make a change but you don’t want to wait until January, use October as your stand in New Year and make some of your own Quarterly Resolutions!

Share your goals for the remainder of 2016 with me in the comments! I’d love to know what you’re working on!