Blogmas Day 33: 3 things to think about before making New Year’s resolutions

If you were celebrating, I hope your Christmas was absolutely magical! Now Christmas Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean #HBJblogmas is over. I’m keeping this project going until the 12th day of Christmas on January 6th! In today’s post, I’m starting my 2018 preparations by sharing with you three things I think are important to think through before making your New Year’s resolutions.

I’ll be doing a post in a few days with my resolutions and goals all laid out in detail, but if you can’t wait until then, I’ve got some resolutions-related resources I’ll link below for you!

How to set awesome goals in 5 simple steps

How to follow up on your awesome goals

Goal setting link roundup

Goals I’m working on right now

My resolution to read for fun in 2018

My goal setting ebook


The time is coming to make New Year's resolutions! In this post, I'm running down 3 things I think it's important to think about before making your 2018 resolutions. | BLOGMAS DAY 33: 3 THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE MAKING NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS | HONEYBEE JOYOUS


1. What worked and didn’t work last year?

The most important thing to think through before making your New Year’s resolutions is to figure out what worked and what didn’t work from last year. If you wrote down or remember last year’s goals, follow up on them (you can use the process I wrote about here). If you don’t remember or didn’t set specific goals, just think through 2017 and think about some things you tried to achieve. Did you achieve them? Were certain goals easier to reach than others? What was easier about those goals? Were they just lower expectations? Were you super motivated to work on them? Was the way you motivated yourself to work on those goals different from the way you motivated yourself to work on goals you didn’t achieve?

Ask yourself questions like this and really think hard about the answers. I’d recommend whipping out a journal or notebook and really going to town. Just free-write and get all your thoughts out there. It will help you process your thoughts so you can really learn from them and help you avoid making that same “exercise more” resolution to no avail.


2. What do you want to work on the most?

Another important thing to think about before you even sit down to make your resolutions is to consider what your top priority for the new year is. Prioritizing your goals is really important because it’s easy to stop working toward any goals when you’ve set a bunch and haven’t decided which are the most important to you.

If you’re not sure what specific goal you want to prioritize, think about the different areas of your life. Do you want to improve your overall health? Or would you rather work on your relationships? How about getting organized? Even if you don’t have a specific “most important goal” in mind, just having a prioritized area of improvement can really streamline your goal setting process.


3. What’s actually achievable? 

Last but not least, something to think about before setting your New Year’s resolutions is what will actually be achievable for you? Take a look at your schedule for the coming semester or coming year and see how much time you can reasonably commit to any additional activities. Then think about what your most important areas of improvement are. If you’re taking 18 credits and working two jobs, you might not have enough time to go to the gym every day, but you could probably fit in a 20 minute workout in your dorm room.

Having an awareness of what’s actually achievable for you before you even sit down to set your goals is really useful because it’s easy to get wrapped up in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions and set unattainable goals. Thinking hard about what’s attainable beforehand helps you stay grounded and realistic throughout the entire goal setting process.



{What New Year’s resolutions are you making this year? What are you keeping in mind during your goal setting process? Leave me a comment below and tell me!}

28 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 33: 3 things to think about before making New Year’s resolutions

    1. I’m glad you found something useful in this post! It’s definitely important to prioritize and make sure you’re only working toward achievable goals. Otherwise you’re likely to get discouraged and stop working toward any goals at all!

  1. I think asking yourself the third question is so important! If you’re choosing outrageous goals for yourself, you’re just setting yourself up for failure in a new year. Making sure your resolutions are realistic is key!! You are absolutely right 🙂

    xo, Taylor || Generation Tay (

  2. Lovely tips! It’s so good to focus on The importance of making resolutions, rather than just making them for the sake of just making them.

  3. Keeping your goals achievable is so important! I think this year instead of setting a big goal for myself I’m going to make a list of a few (like 5-ish) smaller goals I want to get done in 2018. Hopefully that’ll make things easier for me!

    Kayla |

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