It’s beneficial to plan for the year ahead, even if you don’t intend to set a specific New Year’s resolution. Reflecting on the past and creating a game plan for the years ahead will give you direction to improve your quality of life.
Why It’s Important for Seniors to Set Goals
Our goals change as we age, so what you hope to achieve in your 50s, 60s and 70s may be quite different from what you strove for in your younger years.
Setting goals is the first step toward achieving the lifestyle you desire. Having something to work toward provides a sense of purpose and motivates you to improve your life a little more each day.
You may find you have a brighter outlook on life when you have an aspiration to strive for or a goal to reach.
Reflect on the Past, Look Ahead to the Future
Instead of lamenting the opportunities you may have missed, regard the new year as a chance to pay more attention to your goals. You don’t have to make new resolutions to look forward to what life has in store for you.
The start of the year is a good time to reflect on what you’ve achieved as an individual and evaluate what’s most important to you. Taking time to consider how to move ahead will help you assess previous obstacles that negatively affected your goals and anticipate new ones that could crop up in the future.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What made you feel good in the last year that you’d like to repeat?
- What are the most components of a happy life as a senior?
- Which goal is the highest priority for you right now?
- Do you have any physical, mental or emotional needs that aren’t being met?
- Are you missing steps in your self-care plan that need to be addressed?
Consider Healthier Lifestyle Choices
Improving your health isn’t limited to eating better and exercising more often. Setting goals that improve your emotional outlook can also elevate your quality of life.
Check out these wellness tips:
- Focus on gratitude by creating a mental list of all the good things in your life.
- Find a healthy outlet for negative energy such as walking, journaling, meditating or listening to music.
- Stay socially active. Engaging in conversation lowers your risk for isolation and depression. It also stimulates your brain, which can reduce your likelihood of cognitive decline.
Evaluate Your Finances
It’s never too late to start getting your financial house in order. Prioritizing your to-do list will help you address your most important affairs first and fine-tune specific details later.
Drawing up a yearly budget is a good way to keep track of your income and expenses and prepare for unexpected costs like car repairs and medical bills.
You may also consider creating a will or updating an old copy. Include your family in your financial planning, so they know your wishes and can help execute them in the future.