My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

I like to reflect and create a list of New Year’s Resolutions — although I think of them as action-oriented goals — every year.

How I plan to stay accountable:
-I keep a list of my goals on the Notes app on my phone so I can check things off (okay, mark it with a gold star emoji) when I complete a big goal
-I make sure a number of my goals are incorporated into my Monthly Checklists and 30 Day Challenges, which I share each month to stay extra accountable 😉
-I write down what I did that day or week in my planner, such as running 4 miles, reading the news, or journaling

Elana Lyn:
-Reach X newsletter subscribers
-Reach X pageviews per month
-Write 2-3 posts per week
-Write 10+ sponsored posts
-Write about journalism and my freelance writing course more often
-Focus on elevating my blog photography

-Write for at least one new magazine (print or digital)
-Write 5 Forbes articles each month
-Write for at least two new publications
-Speak at 1+ events
-Update my portfolio on LinkedIn, Contently, and Elana Lyn regularly
-Use my planner and write a to-do list daily

Personal Finances:
-Earn X for Elana Lyn LLC
-Invest X per month
-Track income and expenses on QuickBooks all year
-Contribute the maximum to my IRA and SEP IRA

-Eat gluten-free all year, mostly
-Run another half-marathon
-Use RunKeeper and run 2-3 days per week
-Complete BBG Round 1 again
-Drink more water
-Stretch daily
-Go to bed by 11 p.m. most weeknights

-Read the news daily
-Read at least one book per month and write book reviews
-Cook more often
-Support a charity I care about
-Write more hand-written cards and notes
-Wear contact lenses and makeup most days of the week
Journal at least once a week
Organize for 5+ minutes per day
-Go to Six Degrees Society and The Wing events

And here were my New Year’s Resolutions for 2017. Happy New Year! 

(Disclaimer: I have X where I want to keep a number private and kept off one or two personal goals.)

13 Responses to My 2018 New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Loving these! They’re definitely serving as some inspiration for my professional and personal goals, as well, especially elevating my blog’s photography! ON IT. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Deborah says:

    These are all excellent goals – I could use your tips on holding myself accountable for my blogging goals!

  3. Jenny says:

    You go girl! Good luck with your goals this year 🙂

  4. Azanique says:

    I love your resolutions. I need to do better with tracking expenses and staying organized everyday.

    -xo, Azanique |

  5. Jordyn says:

    You have so many wonderful goals for the year Elana. I am also trying to journal at least once a week and get lots of sleep by getting to bed earlier <3

  6. Nika says:

    All the best on your goals

  7. Shaguna says:

    I love it! I hate when people are down about New Years resolutions. For me, I have resolutions basically every month to reflect on what I want to accomplish this month.

  8. Paige says:

    I love when people share their goals at the beginning of the new year – and all the time, really! I too am trying to write book reviews when I read a book this year!

  9. I got a YETI cup for christmas & I’ve been drinking so much water! You should try it! It keeps it nice and cold.

  10. I am looking forward to following along as you reach these goals in 2018! I am also trying to elevate my photography skills in 2018. Let me know if you find something that works really well for you – I would love to try it!

    PS – I’m also hoping to read one book a month! Looking forward to your reviews, as I often get overwhelmed trying to pick a book out 🙂

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  11. So many good goals for 2018!! We have a lot of the same wellness goals!

  12. Tori says:

    I love all of these goals — making SMART resolutions is so important to making sure they’re achievable, and this list is a great inspiration.
    Tori || Victori Media

  13. Kristine says:

    So many great goals! I definitely think that the key to seeing long-term success with your goals is making them a part of your routine. Happy New Year!

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