Setting realistic goals in 2020

As week two of 2020 commences, you may be well on your way to achieving your new year’s resolutions already. Or, like us at Family Life, you may need some extra encouragement to remind yourself of why you set these goals in the first place.

Sometimes, setting unrealistic resolutions can lead to disappointment at the end of the year, if you feel like you haven’t achieved what you set out to on 1 January. That’s why we’re banishing new year’s resolutions in the office, and focusing on smaller personal goals instead.

If you’re looking for some inspiration to make 2020 your best year yet, look no further, because we’re bringing you our most realistic, achievable goals for the new year; and decade.


Every year we tell ourselves this will be the year when we start saving money and taking control of our finances, and each year, we struggle. But, saving doesn’t have to be difficult, and there are plenty of helpful ways to ensure you build up your finances without making a dent in your daily spending.

Challenges such as the 1p Challenge and saving every £5 note you come across throughout the year are easy ways to save and you could end up with quite a sum of money come 31 December. Or, set your bank account so it rounds up all the change from each transaction you make, and save your pennies for a rainy day.

If you find saving money difficult, think about what it is that you’re saving for: are you trying to buy your first home? Will you spend your savings on your dream holiday? Or maybe there’s a pair of shoes you’ve been wanting for ages but just can’t afford at the moment. Think about how good it will feel when you finally manage to save enough to buy it, and let that encourage you to get saving in 2020.


Following on from trying to save money, one of the easiest ways to do this is simply buying less. This doesn’t mean cutting down on your weekly shop or essentials. It just means being more mindful about what you spend. This will impact not only your savings, but the planet, too.

If you’re a shopaholic, why not pledge to buy fewer clothes this year, or even go a whole year without buying any new clothes. Fast fashion is one of the largest industries contributing to climate change, so cutting down on what you buy can have a real impact. Instead of buying new, focus on repairing what you already have, or purchasing second-hand instead.


We all spend far too much time on social media, there’s no denying it. This year, we’re trying to spend less time scrolling through Instagram and Twitter and pick up a book instead.

Books are great for improving creativity, memory, imagination, and can provide a real escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Settle into bed an hour early, switch off all screens and commit to reading whenever you can.

Set yourself a target, whether that be to find one book you really like this year, or to read one book each month. If you reach your target, great! If you don’t, it doesn’t matter: reading one book is better than reading no books.


This year, we’re pledging to be more selfish. That might sound bad, but we promise it’s not. All it means is taking our own needs into account more often. Whether that’s saying ‘no’ to plans to prioritise self-care, or deciding to say ‘yes’ more often to open yourself up to new opportunities, think about what you need to thrive in 2020.

Being selfish isn’t always a bad thing and looks different for everyone. Think about what makes you happy, and what will help you have a positive year. Taking time for yourself allows you to rejuvenate, relax and ensure you’re prepared for what 2020 has to throw at you.

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