What feeling will they help you achieve, or value that you hold dear do they support? Think about what worked this year. Do you think about yearly goal-setting in December? Taking time to appreciate what we do have and have achieved makes future goal-reaching all the sweeter. I mean, those are just examples. So here are three strategies that have worked for me, when thinking about what I want out of the year ahead. And now we want you to think about your goals for next year as well?! 1. 3. For instance, you might consider categories like home (goal: finally find some art for the landing wall), relationships (goal: get off Tinder and practice striking up random conversations, old-school style) and career (goal: try not to write my weekly Apartment Therapy article during my lunch hour moments before it’s due). Great goals! Ask yourself “Why?” So maybe you want to run a marathon next year. If you think about it, it’s the perfect number for anything: enough so that you’re challenging yourself, not so many that you’re overwhelmed. Look, I know. For me, I plan to carry over (ideally improve on) my thrice-weekly yoga practice and my Thursday evening French class, as well as my hard-won savings habits. You may prefer two goals, or ten, but the important thing is to have a reasonable, achievable number. That is, what you enjoyed, what enriched your life, what you want more of in 2015. Or buy your first home. Finding a few minutes here and there to jot down some intentions for 2015 can actually help you enjoy this end of the year rush, since you’ll be going into it with an appreciation for what’s just been, and a clear head about what will be. What tips do you have for enjoying the process? (Image credits: Bethany Nauert for Apartment Therapy ) Speaking of happy, it seems easy to avoid these days, especially in the arena of goal-setting. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now: last-minute gift-buying, house-decorating, party-attending (and maybe throwing), not to mention all those work projects with the same perplexing end-of-the-year deadline. Being honest on why we want things helps us clarify if in fact we do want them, or if something else will help us achieve the desired outcome (maybe a half-marathon will give you the same sense of fulfilment, or a lease with a landlord who’s okay with some DIY?) It’s also good to know that we’re focusing on targets that will truly make us happier. Bonus tip: Practice gratitude.

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