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This Is The Only New Year's Resolutions You Need To Make In 2016

And it has nothing to do with eating better or working out more.  

Most New Year's resolutions are the same. Lose weight. Exercise more. Find a fulfilling career. However, by mid-March most of these resolutions have long since fallen by the wayside, and that's because there's only one thing you need to do this year to create real change in your life.  

Create a 5 year plan.

Creating a 5-year plan is making a promise to yourself to turn your goals into real, concrete action. While it may sound like an activity reserved solely for neurotic control freaks, planning out your future is something that can benefit anyone. Whether you want to one day rule the world of fashion blogging or save up enough money to go back to school, you need to map out a realistic way to get there. Here's how to do it.

1. Reflect.

Making a 5 year plan is a great opportunity to reflect on your life and figure out where it is you really want to be. Bring a pen and paper to a quiet place and let your mind roam freely. What does your dream life look like? What do you hope to achieve in the next 5 years? What do you really want to be doing with your life? Don't edit yourself and don't let doubt creep in – just write.

2. Draft.

You're half way there! Now you just need to write down all of your goals and steps. Think about which goals are more important to you, and what you'd like to focus on versus things you wouldn't mind putting on the backburner. Create a timeline for completing each step and make sure it's realistic. You probably can't write your memoirs in two weeks, but 6 months is a pretty reasonable timeline for a first draft.

3. Research.

The first step asks you to think about where you want to be, the second is mapping it out, and the third is doing some homework. If one of your goals is to attend graduate school, you'll have to research which school you'd like to attend, as well as admissions and pricing info. You may also want to research savings plans or excellent resume designs.  Coming up with savings plans or researching the best resume design. It may sound overwhelming, but you don't have to do it all at once. It's a 5 year plan after all. 

5. Check in frequently.

Whether your plan is on paper or online, checking it frequently is a must. Reminding yourself of your goals and making sure you're on track, progress-wise, is essential. Reflecting on all the progress you've made is also a surefire way to keep your spirits up.

6. Revise.

That being said, life doesn't happen on a schedule. If you find your goals/priorities/opportunities change, edit your plan accordingly and forgive yourself. The point of making and following a 5-year plan isn't to stifle your creativity or cause anxiety, but to inspire you to keep moving forward to achieve your dreams. You got this!

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