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Welcome to 2020. I know as a fact New Year always gets us to reflect on the past and set New Resolution. We feel motivated and inspired to set goals and work upon them. But how many of us can happily say I achieved my New Year's Resolutions?

Based on my 20+ years of experience I can say not many. 
Is there something wrong with setting goals? Not at all. 

Then, why it doesn't work?

The answer to this question is more complicated and might not be the same for everyone. People who know me well will agree that I enjoy planning and setting goals, but more than anything I have the biggest joy of seeing them happen. In the years of planing my life, I learned a thing or two and I'm going to share some tips with you.

1. Don't set unrealistic goals. 

Aim a little bit higher than something that you are sure you can reach. If you set a goal that is way out of your league you're only going to feel bad about yourself that you won't meet it. Equally, if a goal is not ambitious enough you won't feel the thrive to work on it. 

2. Be specific 

I'm going to be happy. It's not easy to measure happiness. If you can measure it, can you reach it? Saying instead: I'll spend less time perfecting my design and cut it to 50% of what it used to take before and used that 'saved' time for some quality time with family because that what makes me happy. That's a w-defined goal. 

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3. Use time constructed goals

I can say: in 2020 I want to save five thousand pounds. It looks like the goal is easy to achieve. For some putting 5 thousand, aside might, in fact, be easy for others on a tight budget or with financial problems it will be a great challenge. You can increase your chances by splitting the amount in months (416 a month) or even better saving more in the first quarter of the year - this will give you boost and you will have higher chances of reaching your goal. 

4. Set relevant goals

Only set goals you think are important to you and will have a positive impact on you and your life. Don't follow someone else's dream. When setting goals think about what has the most value and prioritize accordingly.

I believe those rules apply to all sorts of goals; in design, in business, and personal life. There's nothing wrong with being optimistic and setting New Year's Resolution.

Happy Goals setting!