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Happy New Year to you! Was your slide into 2020 so happy that you ended up with a major hangover on the first day of the year? Probably that’s how most of us would describe it, so you’re not entirely alone. You probably didn’t feel like writing up your goals for 2020 yesterday either, but today is new bright (and better) day! You might be looking at your screen thinking that new years resolutions are a boring cliche on people’s lips now, but they’ll forget them in two week’s time.

That might happen to you as well if you don’t set your goals for the New Year properly. On this fabulous and probably frosted second of January day, we’re coming up with New Year’s Resolutions and I’m teaching you exactly how to set goals for 2020 that will actually come true.

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You’re probably so caught up in the day to day life including going to work, coming home and dealing with household tasks, perhaps also managing side projects as well that you don’t have time to even consider your life goals. In how many instances did you ask yourself these questions: Am I happy with my life? Am I in love with my job? Am I satisfied with my relationships? Am I as healthy as I should be? Allow me to guess here, not too often. Before we explain more, try to find new ways of dealing with stress. There are various reasons why you plan everything else to a T, but your own life. Number one is time. Ah, time is so precious, so appreciate it more and make the most out of it when you have it. It’s a luxury nowadays. Another very plausible reason can be fear. We don’t want to see plans on paper because we feel a certain pressure to achieve them. However, the latter can only happen if you’re wrongly setting your goals. Let’s have a look at how to set goals for 2020 and watch them come true during the year.

Focus on a maximum of 5 areas of life improvement

As busy individuals we tend to forget to focus in detail on various areas of our lives. You might put your career on the first plan and make sacrifices that sometimes are unjustified such as working late nights or looking at emails during weekends (emergencies excluded here). What you might not realise is that your wellbeing will be affected in the long term, because by working longer hours you push your bed time and become sleep deprived. By becoming sleep deprived, you’ll start craving more sugar and become unhealthy. You also allocate less time to your leisure activities which are as important. I’m also guilty of not engaging in leisure activities because I prioritise my side projects, but I ensure to always keep a balance.

To avoid that unhappy life scenario, how are you then going to set your goals for 2020 that will actually come true?

Focus on a maximum of 5 areas of improvement in your life. These can be:

  • Health
  • Relationships (all kind)
  • Career
  • Lifestyle
  • Wealth

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Pick just 3 main goals in each area

After you’ve decided on your areas of life improvement, you have to pick just 3 main goals in each area. Keep it simple. Your goal plan for 2020 doesn’t have to look and (God forbid) feel daunting at all. I can give you some ideas below on some areas, but you can add up all areas and complete yours with 3 goals per area:

  • Career

Goal 1: Develop an expert knowledge in Social Media Management

  • Lifestyle

Goal 1: Be able to work more flexibly and attend the Wednesday evening football training

  • Wealth

Goal 1: Increase my earnings by 30-40% by 2021

Write up the actions you need to reach your goal

Now that you have established your three goals for each area, don’t forget to write up the actions you need to undertake for setting your goals for 2020 that will actually come true.

Area: Career

Goal: Develop an expert knowledge in Social Media Management

Action: Spend time daily / weekly on LinkedIn Courses, YouTube tutorials, reading well reviewed books on the subject, overshadowing someone at work in the social media team.

Area: Lifestyle

Goal: Be able to work more flexibly and attend the Wednesday evening football training

Action:  If you’re employed by a company, see what flexible working options you have available and discuss the importance for your wellbeing to practice this sport; if you’re working for yourself, make sure you free up your schedule during the time and keep them in your diary like they are business meetings.

Area: Wealth

Goal: Increase my earnings by 30-40% by 2021

Action: Attend masterclasses on different income streams (add the exact masterclass & price here), negotiate a raise (add your plan), invest money (add your research) start up a business (although this is not a get money fast option, just do it for the right reasons and it will pay off in the long term). Your options are endless, you just need to do a lot of research and it will happen for you.

Take baby steps into achieving your goals – no need to go at full speed now

It’s amazing to dream big, but remember to plan in years and action in months and days. Dreams don’t work until you don’t, but keep it realistic. Go as detailed as deciding how much time you have available per week for working on your goals. Include your weekends as well; they’re no longer there for free time only because quite frankly if you want something badly, you need to do some sacrifices here.

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How will you measure your success?

Your success matters and it’s important to find specific ways of measuring it. If you’ve included courses in your plan, mark your completion and the information you’ve just learnt as your success. I would say, also mark your implementation of what you’ve learnt as a greater success. Follow this technique and you’ll have no problem of keeping track of your goals and making them come true.

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Have a fabulous year ahead,

Andrada, NotAGirlyGal

The moment we’ve been all waiting for is almost around the corner. As all things, the festive season will pass before we know it and this year I made a promise to myself that I would really make the most out of it because it’s important to truly live every second and do something a little bit more festive this season. Here are my top holiday tips for you on how to make the most out of your time.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (hello, my first December post)! We’re all getting invites to catch-ups before Christmas, want to go ice skating in five different places, want to do shopping almost every weekend, have to attend social events and so on. Truth being said, it’s a very busy and (dare I say) a little bit tiring period of the year. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas and its beautiful charm, but I feel that we as a society came up with a ‘festive madness’ that makes us all look a bit mad when you think about it. In this context, we’re looking at how to keep organised during the festive season and if you stay until the end, I’m sharing a productivity secret that you need to know – it helped me so many times!

Hello my lovelies,

Ah, the joy of winter holidays! I absolutely love making gifts and I always love to add in a personal touch to the gifts I make. What’s better than seeing a big smile on people’s faces? In today’s post, I’m going to show you how to become and amazing gift maker, even if you’re the type who doesn’t enjoy thinking about prezzies. It’s all simpler than you might think ✨

Hello everyone,

How have you been? Since it’s National Stress Week, I thought it’s the right time to talk about stress and how to deal with it at work from my own rather short experience. It might be tempting to take things to heart in an office environment, but you have to remember that everyone deals with stress in a different way. Don’t take anything personally and focus on making your life easier first.

Hello there Autumn lovers or soon to be Autumn lovers after you read this post 😉

I’m feeling incredibly inspired by the weather, rain and the lit candles all around my house, as this year, I really went the extra mile with making everything look Autumnal. If you’re the type of person who loves decorating her home or like to admire decors in other people’s places, this post is definitely for you. By the end of it, I want you to walk away inspired to decorate your home and feel more positive about Autumn (and life in general). Let’s go through this little DYI that I have prepared for you, shall we?

There are so many ways in which you can embrace the season, but today I’m going to show you how to create this very beautiful and amazingly scented table decoration! Ah, it makes me so happy every time I look at it or walk past it. It’s the perfect way to embrace Autumn: looking at its colours right in your living room while reading a good book while wrapped in a cozy blanket.

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What you’ll need:

  • A plate or tray
  • A large candle jar
  • Some small candles
  • Dry oranges, small peppers and cinnamon sticks
  • Dry leafs (picked up from outside)
  • A small pumpkin

 

  1. Take your plate and set the dry oranges, peppers and cinnamon sticks. 

I’ve found this cute pack at a local farm in Surrey, but I’m sure that you can dry your own oranges and place some cinnamon sticks that you can find in your kitchen. Don’t worry about making it look perfect at this point.

2. Pick up some nice coloured leafs and place them on the plate above the dried oranges

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I picked this beautiful one up when I was coming back from town on no special occasion. Next time you’re out and about, remember to pick some nice leafs on your way back home. You can always find fun ways to display them in your home and for this decoration leafs are just perfect.

3. Add a large candle jar 

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If you’re feeling extra (as you should this season), go for a Halloween themed scented candle. It will make your table decoration even more Autumnal! I was so happy to find this Yankee Candle Limited Edition Witches’ Brew on Notino. It has a woody fragrance and make your living room smell like you’re about to create a spooky spell. Not to mention, the name got me hooked!

4. Place a small pumpkin on the plate for a really Autumnal vibe

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I picked this pretty baby while pumpkin picking in Surrey, but any pumpkin will do. You can find some at your local market or even pick your own (I can guarantee it’s so much fun).

5. Lastly, add some small candles 

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I’m in love with the Yankee candles the baby edition! I’m getting bored quite easily by candle scents, so lighting them in small amounts is what I prefer to do. They smell amazing, just like a chill day of Autumn. My absolute favourite is the Yankee Candle Autumn Glow which smells rather sweet. If you prefer a stronger scent, then the Yankee Candle Autumn Night is perfect for you. For my cinnamon fans, the Yankee Candle Cinnamon Stick is great for the end of month, when we’re starting to think about Christmas! These last for longer than you might think, however you need to be careful as they tend to melt and drip. Just use a special plate when you decide to light one to avoid creating a mess. Find your favourite Yankee Candles.

And you’re done! I hope you’re excited to have this beautiful table decoration around your house. Feel positive and embrace this wonderful season.

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Ah, I almost forgot. I’m such a skincare addict and in Autumn/Winter I tend to switch to hydrating and moisturising products. My hero product this month is the Vichy Minéral 89. The serum is absorbed quickly into my skin, without leaving it sticky. It feels really moisturising! I’ve always felt that a hydrating serum is such a must for the cold season. Plus, how can you resist this beautiful packaging?

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Let me know in the comments below, are you excited to try out the DYI?

This post is sponsored by Notino. As always, words and opinions are my own.

Lots of love,

Andrada