When it comes to changing your life for the better, setting short-term goals that are realistic, attainable, and rewarding can help you stay committed to making positive change. All areas of your life—from your relationships to your finances—can benefit when you think about the things you would like to achieve in the near future.
In this list of 75 short-term goals, you’ll find some examples that will help you take steps toward improving your health, career, relationships, and more.
Short-Term Goals: Self-Care
1. Make a 1-year plan.
One of the most important goals you can have … is to have goals! Sit down with yourself and think about all the things you’d like to accomplish in the next year. Organize your thoughts. Write everything down.
2. Declutter your space.
It’s easier to keep your thoughts organized when you don’t have to deal with unnecessary clutter in your home. Take an afternoon to clean things up and make sure you have room to think and breathe.
3. Develop your home ambiance.
A homey, serene environment is key to stress relief at the end of a long day. Your home should be your sanctuary, and if it’s not right now, start small. Consider investing in a nice, scented candle or a fuzzy blanket. Whatever you choose, make sure it feels right to you.
4. Create a capsule wardrobe.
Being overwhelmed by what to wear in the morning will do little for your peace of mind. Creating a capsule wardrobe where all the elements of your closet pair well together can help you decrease clutter and make swift decisions about what to wear on those mornings when you’re short on time.
5. Choose a skincare routine (and stick to it.)
Taking care of your skin is one of the most talked-about forms of self-care, and it really does make a difference. Invest in a routine that works well for your skin type, timeframe, and budget—and then stick to your guns! Skincare is all about consistency.
6. Discover a new book series, TV show, or podcast that inspires you.
The media we consume adds so much to our daily lives. Whatever your preferred method of entertainment, find something new that inspires you. If you’re lucky, it may become a new favorite that sticks with you for a lifetime.
7. Invest in timeless, quality jewelry and accessories.
Nothing is worse than continuously buying purses, watches, jewelry, or other accessories that just don’t hold up as time goes on. Do some research and track down some quality brands within your budget that create accessories to last. These items can help define your personal aesthetic and make getting ready in the morning easier—and it’ll save you money in the long run.
8. Learn how to make the perfect cup of tea or coffee at home.
As much as we all love our daily Starbucks run, it can be handy to learn how to make a perfect cup of tea or coffee for ourselves. Not only is it easier on the wallet, but it also feels nice to be able to share with others exactly how you take it.
9. Develop a morning and nighttime routine.
Starting and ending the day on a high note will help you stay calm and centered during busy periods. Set a wake-up time, plan out simple breakfasts, and enjoy that perfect cup of coffee or tea you learned to make in #8. In the evenings, know what helps you wind down and get to bed on time. It makes a big difference!
10. Discover new music.
If your Spotify playlist has gotten a little dry, take a few minutes to discover some new songs. You deserve to be obsessed with the soundtrack to your life.
11. Pick up a new hobby.
Picking up a new hobby can be fun, relaxing, and empowering. Even if you aren’t naturally talented at whatever you decide to try, give yourself permission to let loose and have fun. After all, practice makes perfect.