There is something special about the beginning of a new year – the anticipation and possibilities of what that year holds are endless.
It is also a time to reflect on the year that has passed and what you want to achieve in the following 12 months. Are there habits I want to change, long term goals I want to start to work towards or short term plans that I can start and finish within a year. Does my fitness, health, finances or career need to be my main focus or will small changes in all areas be more beneficial?
For me there is a greater chance of success in achieving my goals if I don’t plan to change too many habits at once. Also as I like to reward myself for success, breaking larger goals down into smaller ones helps keep me motivated as I can celebrate reaching each of the smaller steps.
I have been thinking about my 2015 goals for a while now. I decided this year I want to work towards one larger goal. To achieve that goal I will need to break it down into lots of smaller tasks, I’ll also have to change some spending habits.
So what is this long term goal? I want to move to a home with a garden for Wiley and most importantly no stairs. I am worried that going up my steep flight of stairs several times a day is not doing his joints any good and could have a negative impact on him as he gets older. There is nothing more important to me than Wiley’s health and wellbeing so now is the time to think about what is best for him in the long term.
I still have some planning to do but here are some of the tasks I need to accomplish to fulfill my long term goal.
Step one is to prepare my current property for sale. This will be broken down even further to lots of little jobs such as installing roller blinds on some of my windows, clearing out my garage, downsizing my possessions, sorting through my cupboards, getting new carpets and possibly repainting my stairwell and and living room.
Step Two is to actually sell my property. That means finding an agent, getting reports done, arranging solicitors, having open for inspections – I am not looking forward to this step!
Step Three is to find a new place to live in, This will be challenging as there are several criteria that need to be met. Ultimately I want this new property to be my forever home – I hate moving and don’t want to do it anymore.
Step Four is to move – I doubt that will happen in 2015 but with any luck it will happen within the next two years.
Along with completing various tasks this goal means I have to be very strict with my spending. I need to save, save, save. I haven’t been as conscientious with my spending recently, earning a little more meant it has been easy for me to spend more and to be honest a lot of the spending is probably on things I didn’t really need.
To help I have written up a budget and have committed myself to recording all of my spending.
So there you have it, my focus for 2015 is preparing to relocate. Ultimately this is for Wiley and knowing that will be the ultimate motivation to keep me focused.