We've all been there! Next thing we know it's March, and we have already sabotaged our well-intended New Year's Resolution for the year. That's why some experts say that setting MORE goals can help you to achieve MORE success!
Perhaps you have seen the trend of "20 Goals in 2020" on social media. Maybe it seemed far too lofty for someone who has repeatedly failed to accomplish even one "Resolution" per year. Research shows that people who ditch the New Year's Resolution for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely (S.M.A.R.T.) Goals accomplish more significant success. We wanted to give that method a try!
Here are some ideas for 20 SMART Goals in 2020, and resources to show how Greater Des Moines can inspire you to live your best year yet! Get out your calendars and start making plans to #CATCHdsm in 2020!
1) Read more
Breeze through pages of adventures with the help of these book hubs:
2) Opt outside
Binge-watching TV is out, fresh air + exploring the great outdoors is in!
- High Trestle Trail
- Gray's Lake
- Walk & Bike Tours
- Saylorville Lake Marina
3) Try new foods
Expand your palette and find spicy, savory, and sweet culinary eats all around Greater Des Moines.
4) Write more letters
A simple, handwritten note can go a long way. Check out these local stationery shops for a bit of inspiration!
5) Increase community involvement
Take time to give back to the Greater Des Moines community by volunteering at one of these local businesses:
- Animal Rescue League of Iowa
- Ronald McDonald House
- Food Bank of Central Iowa
- Best Buddies
- Meals from the Heartland
- Catch Des Moines Volunteer Opportunities
6) Stick to a budget
Enjoy these budget-friendly, free attractions around Greater Des Moines:
- Des Moines Art Center
- Pappajohn Sculpture Park
- Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden®
- Iowa Hall of Pride
7) Immerse yourself in different cultures
Broaden your mind with new ways to view the world from world-renowned to local artists at these establishments:
- Des Moines Art Walk
- Moberg Gallery
- Ankeny Art Center
8) Drive less
Save money on gas and decrease your carbon footprint by swapping out your daily drive for other transportation options throughout Greater Des Moines!
9) Be more sustainable
Make more environmentally aware decisions by checking out these environmentally-conscious businesses:
10) Find time for date night
Get in touch with your romantic side with one of these date night ideas:
11) Make more time for family
Take your loved ones to spend a fun-filled day at one of these Greater Des Moines attractions:
- Flix Brewhouse
- Smash Park
- Des Moines Playhouse
- Living History Farms
- Adventureland Park
12) Continuously be open to learning
Learning has no age; expand your mind at these Greater Des Moines establishments:
- Iowa State Capitol
- State Historical Museum of Iowa
- Science Center of Iowa
- Blank Park Zoo
- Iowa Hall of Pride
- Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
13) Drink less
These active places of play are great for staying social and they're fun whether you're enjoying a drink or not!
14) Eat Healthier
Substitute a few of your usual hearty meals with a healthier option from one of these local eateries:
15) Acquire a green thumb
Bring a bit of greenery into your home from one of these local shops:
16) Practice mindfulness
Your body and mind deserve a break every once in a while, treat them to one of these activities:
17) Drink less caffeine
Skip the coffee jitters for a more relaxing alternative!
18) Be more active
Challenge your body to new activities!
- Climb Iowa
- Brenton Skating Plaza
- ICU Paintball
19) Discover new music
Tune in to a new genre by heading to one of these venues to catch some live music:
20) Pick up a new hobby
There's no better time for you to start something you've always wanted to do, but haven't gotten around to it!