Setting Non-Diet Goals: Helpful for Overall Well-Being

By , SparkPeople Blogger
It’s that time of year again, the time when people make resolutions, or in my case, goals. I’ve never been known to make resolutions, but I do like to make a list of goals for myself for things that I want to accomplish throughout the year. However, the start of a new year is not the only time I make goals for myself – I actually do this at least a few times a year. When I do make my goal list, I like to look at what I have accomplished so far and see if I need to make any adjustments to my current goals or add new ones. I see this as a list that evolves with me and what I feel is important.

Of course though, my list always includes goals that are health-related. Actually, that is what most of my goals have been in the last few years, but this year I am trying something a little different. While I do have some health goals on my list and will continue to work towards those, this year I want to put a little more focus on some goals that are not health-related.

As many of you know, SparkPeople can help you with your health goals, but it can expand to so much more into other areas of your life, which can actually contribute to your overall well-being! So, as I work toward my non-health-related goals, I will be using SparkPeople’s tools and resources to help me reach them.

For now, I am starting out with some smaller goals and will work my way up to some bigger goals. I will be adding these goals on my Other Goals page and to my SparkStreaks page to help me keep track of how well I’m doing with them.

So, what are my non-health-related goals? Well, I currently have two that I am working on (like I said, I am starting small):
  1. Read (for pleasure) at least 1 hour per week.
  2. Go out at least a couple of days a week and take photos just for fun.
Sure, you must be thinking, well those aren’t typical goals. That’s okay, they don’t have to be - they are specific to my needs and what I want to accomplish this year. These small goals will help me de-stress and have fun all at the same time, which will help with my overall well-being. Also, I miss reading for fun. I spend a lot of time reading things that I need to, but I somehow forget to take the time to read for fun. I have also found a great passion in photography. I continue to grow as an artist as I get more experience with taking photos for others, but I also want to go out and just take photos that are simple, but creative and fun – no other purpose besides enjoying the “me time” that I can get when taking photos.

In addition to those goals, I do have one other goal that I will be adding later on this year (once my finger is completely healed), which is to continue learning to play the guitar. I started that up a while back and as life got busier, I stopped practicing, and of course, then I broke my finger a few months ago.

While these goals are simple, they are still challenging for me since I usually run out of time for myself, aside from working on my health-related goals. Not having that personal time can make a person feel run down and not as happy overall. So while they are non-health-related goals by themselves, they do affect my overall happiness and well-being. If you ask me, it’s completely a win-win set of goals in which I look forward to reaching!

So tell me, how often do you set goals and/or re-evaluate your goals? Will you join me and set up some non-health-related goals this year? If so, let us know what they are!

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In my job, I have to assess my business plan at the end of every quarter, so I try to assess my personal goals then, too. This quarter's goals include the following:
Goal #1: To floss daily
Goal #2: To identify three or four more tasks my office assistant can do for me each month. These tasks might even include non-work tasks.
Goal #3: To date my husband twice a month Report
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I also have a goal to read more for pleasure. In addition, I am trying to curb my negative self-talk by saying a new positive affirmation daily. My current favorite is "positivity breads positivity". Report
I already started a calander to better organize myself and want to learn to play instrument and save more money by cutting back on stuff I buy than throw in a corner to rot. lol really! Report
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I re-evaluate my goals frequently, average once a month.
I like the small goals you've mentioned - it's nice to know that somebody else does these little non-health related ones too.
Although, come to think of it, they are health related in a way - mental and emotional and spiritual health.
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I'm great at setting goals, my follow through has been really bad. I can't afford health wise to do that anymore. I'm looking forward to a year where my goal is simply "Follow through". This should certainly be a solution to a lot of problems! Report
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I love that you describe your goals as "evolving". I'm learning to see mine that way, too. That allows me to be more flexible in reaching them and makes them ultimately much more effective than static goals.

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Find joy in the little things. And finally housetrain my dachshund. Report
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Even now, while I make the seemingly obligatory "weight loss" goal, it's the least of my concerns on a daily or weekly basis. Improving my walking, form, speed, and distance, is more important. Improving my ability to plan for and prepare meals is more important. Saving up money for a big purchase planned in early March is more important. Getting back into creative writing is more important. (No "goal" on the last, but I committed to a project that supplies inspirational prompts, about two a week, and I write to those.) Report
I always include a "non-health" related goal when I re-evaluate my goals. Including something relaxing into my daily routine is essential for my peace of mind and makes me a happier, better person to be around :) Report
Very nice. Thank you. Report
Thank you for a most inspirational blog. Report
It pays to be organized. Report
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I made my resolutions last week and I will work on three each month and if I feel I suceeded I will move on to the next three. I also am trying to add some non fitness goals. I really want to be more positive and less pessemistic so I figured I would start with a simple small goal that would start leading me there. My goal is simply to say something nice and sincere to three people everyday. Report
I'm new to setting up goals. I never been the one to establish middle & long term goals, but I'm making it a priority this year to be more focused on setting short-term & middle-term to get to the long-term. I'm always the person who kind of wings it daily & weekly, so I've been reading the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People" & they've got some great tips on how to make your life more goal oriented & organized. Can't wait to see what this year brings! Report
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I'm doing the same thing, lots of different goals but I didnt think to track the non health goals on my tracker! thanks Report
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The "Other Goals" section is one of my favorite SparkPeople features, and one which sets it apart. Checking off a goal and seeing a visual of how I am doing "sparks" me on! Request: I'd like to be able to move a goal up/down the list -- I group them together in categories, would like to be able to add a goal and place it where I want it in the list. SparkPeople rocks! Report
Thank you for reminder that we all need to set simple, yet challenging me time goals! Here is to your finger healing quickly so you can add your third goal to the list and a well balanced 2012! Report
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I'm looking forward to traveling (God willing), and sent my passport in to be renewed. Report