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New Month, New Goals – 75 Epic Monthly Goal Ideas

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New month, new goals! Looking for some epic monthly goal ideas to work on? Get inspired by these healthy and productive ideas for monthly goals.

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Hey there go-getter!

I’m Chantal.

I’m a mom, a certified personal trainer, and also a certified nutrition coach.

Welcome to Ironwild Fitness!

As a type-A, write-it-all-down kind of person, I absolutely love to set goals for every little thing.

Year-end goals, monthly goals, weekly goals – you name it – I’m probably setting it!

Haha.

(It’s the truth, though.)

If you’re like me in that way, this is for you!

Setting monthly goals is arguably just as important as setting annual ones, so I’m glad you’re here.

I hope this post inspires you to set realistic, attainable, and life-changing goals.

Pro Tips for Setting New Goals for This Month

Setting and reaching monthly goals can be a game-changer for sure.

But the saying, “New month, new goals” only goes so far.

Even with the best intentions, it can be far too easy to slack off on your goals if you don’t have a solid strategy for reaching them.

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Who would I be if I gave you this list of monthly goals to set and then just sent you into the wild without some great tips for actually reaching them?

Here are some great tips on goal-setting for the new month:

  1. Make ‘Em SMART: Your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Saying “I want to exercise more” is cool, but “I’ll hit the gym three times a week for 45 minutes” is even cooler. Get specific!
  2. Prioritize Like a Pro: Not all goals are created equal. Identify the high-priority ones and focus on those first. It’s like putting the biggest rocks in the jar first – everything else will fit around them.
  3. Break It Down: Big goals can be intimidating. Break them into smaller, more manageable tasks. It’s like eating a burger – take one bite at a time, and suddenly it’s gone.
  4. Routine, Routine, Routine: Make your goals part of your daily or weekly routine. If it’s scheduled, it’s more likely to happen. It’s like having a date with your goals – don’t stand them up!
  5. Celebrate the Wins: Even the small victories count. When you reach a milestone, celebrate! It could be a happy dance, a treat, or a victory lap around your living room. Positive reinforcement is key.
  6. Adjust and Adapt: Life happens. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to tweak your approach. Flexibility is your friend. Think of it like a GPS – if you take a wrong turn, it recalculates the route.
  7. Visualize Success: Picture yourself crushing those goals. Visualization can be a powerful motivator. It’s like having a sneak peek into your own success story – spoiler alert: you’re the hero.
  8. Get an Accountability Buddy: Share your goals with a friend or family member. Having someone to check in on your progress adds a layer of accountability. It’s like having a workout buddy, but for life goals.
  9. Learn from Setbacks: If you hit a roadblock, don’t throw in the towel. Analyze what went wrong, adjust your strategy, and keep moving forward. It’s like a game – you might lose a round, but you’re in it for the long haul.
  10. Reflect and Plan Ahead: At the end of the month, reflect on what worked and what didn’t. Adjust your approach for the next month. It’s like a monthly review meeting with yourself – you’re the CEO of your own success story.

Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are your goals.

Consistency is the key.

You got this! 🙂

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New Month, New Goals – 75 Epic Monthly Goal Ideas to Set

Monthly Goal Ideas for Health

1. Get regular exercise.

Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise 4-5 days of the week.

This could include lifting weights at the gym or walking, biking, swimming, or playing a sport.

(Anything goes!)

If you need help getting into a routine with exercise, here are some strategies for making exercise a habit.

2. Get enough sleep.

Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night.

This will help you feel refreshed and energized during the day.

To do this, you may need to plan to set a new bed time.

Or, check out these ways to get better sleep each night.

3. Be mindful of your alcohol and caffeine intake.

Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine.

Alcohol can damage your liver and heart, and caffeine can cause anxiety and insomnia.

It can also throw your hormones off, especially estrogen – so be careful!

Here’s what I learned about hormonal imbalances and weight gain.

4. Protect your skin.

Set the goal to wear sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days.

Avoid tanning beds, as they can increase your risk of skin cancer.

5. Get regular checkups.

See your doctor or healthcare provider regularly for checkups and screenings.

This will help you stay on top of your health and catch any problems early on.

If you’re really bad at going to the doctor regularly, make it your goal to call and make an appointment!

6. Practice self-care.

Make time for activities that you enjoy and that help you relax and de-stress.

This could include reading, taking a bath, or spending time with friends.

More ideas on self-care below!

7. Eat a healthy diet.

Choose whole grains over refined grains, fruits over processed snacks, and vegetables over sugary and “bad fat” options.

(Here are the different types of fats and which ones are healthy.)

Limit your intake of sugary drinks and unhealthy saturated and trans fats.

8. Increase protein intake.

Most women are not eating enough protein, so make it your monthly goal to aim higher!

You can track your protein intake in an app like MyFitnessPal and learn about how to set your macro goals (fats, proteins, carbohydrates) in this post.

Use these printable macro foods lists to help you plan your grocery shopping and meals!

9. Limit restaurants, takeout, & fast food.

This will pay off financially in addition to helping you make better food choices.

If you want to set a specific monthly goal for this, limit your weekly restaurant frequency to once per week!

(Or four times per month!)

10. Stretch or foam roll daily.

Stretching and foam rolling can help with daily chronic pain, stress, and sleep.

Here are some great yoga poses/stretches to do before bed, and here’s how to get started with foam rolling.

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11. Do red light therapy.

Ever thought about giving your body a VIP treatment? Well, enter red light therapy – the secret sauce to amp up your monthly goals.

Picture this: a cozy session where you soak in a warm glow that’s like a hug from the sun’s chill cousin.

Not only does it feel like a mini-vacay for your mind, but it’s also a superhero for your skin and mood.

So, why not add a splash of red light therapy to your monthly goals?

12. Try weekly cold plunges.

Cold plunges are all the rage right now, but they can have health benefits, too.

Rumor has it that cold plunges are the secret weapon for boosting your immune system and giving your mood a makeover.

Give it a try!

13. Increase your daily step count.

Track your daily steps using an activity tracker or Apple watch.

Then, set a daily step count that’s a couple of thousand steps higher than what you’re currently doing.

I like to aim for 10,000 steps per day at least five days per week.

14. Take your daily supplements.

Many people are deficient in a number of vitamins in minerals, especially in the winter when sunshine and fresh produce are sparse.

(I’m always deficient in Vitamin D living in the Pacific Northwest!)

Opt to take a women’s multivitamin to cover your bases, or get some bloodwork done to identify what you’re deficient in and then supplement accordingly.

15. Have your hormones checked.

Make it your goal to get your hormones checked to identify imbalances in your body.

Many times, only a naturopathic doctor or integrative health professional will do the full hormonal panel.

However, there are also hormone tests you can get online.

Make it your goal to balance your hormones using the knowledge you learn from getting tested!

16. Try a new fitness class.

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Make it your goal to try at least one new fitness class per month until you find something you love!

Cycling, yoga, pilates, Zumba, Pump – there are so many to choose from!

If you’re a little bit intimidated by this idea, be sure to check out my tips on how to join a new group fitness class with confidence.

17. Join a local adult sports league.

It can be scary to try something new, but it can also be so rewarding.

It can not only help you with your health goals, but it can help you make new friends and give you a great boost of confidence.

You can usually find a local soccer, volleyball, jiu-jitsu, or running program just about anywhere.

Give one of them a try!

18. Go to a sauna.

Going to a sauna sounds fun, but it can also have great health benefits.

Make the goal of visiting the sauna once per week.

19. Increase your daily water intake.

The benefits of staying hydrated include improved energy levels, enhanced brain function, aid in weight loss, prevention of headaches, and promotion of healthy skin.

In short, drink up!

Here’s how to drink more water every day even if you don’t like it!

20. Cut back on daily caffeine.

Let’s talk about dialing back on the java.

I know, I know – sacrilege, right?

But hear me out.

Cutting back doesn’t mean bidding farewell to your beloved cup entirely; it’s more like hitting the pause button on the caffeine rollercoaster.

Your sleep might thank you, and those midday slumps? Poof, gone!

So, why not give your nervous system a breather and add a sprinkle of caffeine moderation to your monthly goals?

Your energy levels might just find a more reliable rhythm. ☕️

21. Meal prep at least once per week.

Imagine saying bye-bye to the “What’s for dinner?” dilemma and hello to stress-free evenings without the decision fatigue.

(Plus, it helps you make better food decisions!)

So, why not make life a little smoother and add a dash of meal prepping to your monthly goals?

Your future self will thank you with a happy dance and a full belly!

Get started with these great meal prep recipes.

22. Track your macros daily.

Say hello to tracking your macros – the GPS for your nutrition journey. It’s like turning food into a well-planned adventure, ensuring you hit all the right spots.

Want gains? Check. Craving balance? Double-check.

It’s not about being a food detective; it’s about being the maestro of your meals.

So, why not add a sprinkle of macro magic to your monthly goals?

Your body will thank you, and your taste buds won’t even know what hit them!

23. Drop an inch around your waist.

New month, new goals?

Here’s a totally realistic one!

Make it your goal to drop one inch around your waist this month.

You’ll need to figure out what YOU need to get there, but for most people, it will mean moving more and cutting back on overindulgence.

24. Improve your running mile time.

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Feeling the need for some quick wins in your life?

Enter the quest for a faster mile time – because why stroll when you can blaze a trail, right?

So, lace up those sneakers, set your sights on a personal record, and add a dash of speed to your monthly goals.

25. Increase your weights at the gym.

Make it your goal to spice up your routine and add some extra plates to the barbell or go to the next heaviest dumbbells.

(Imagine conquering that next set with the satisfaction of leveling up!)

26. Try a healthy new recipe.

Tired of the same old culinary routine?

Time to toss a dash of excitement into your monthly mix with a healthy new recipe!

You can set the goal to cook something new each week, or just once per month.

Want to keep it simple? Get started with this delicious tropical green smoothie recipe.

27. Swap out your coffee creamer for something healthier.

Make it your goal to say goodbye to the sugary stuff and hello to a coffee companion that won’t weigh you down.

Swapping your usual creamer for a healthier alternative is like upgrading your coffee from coach to first class.

Here are a bunch of healthier ways to sweeten your coffee.

28. Sit in the sun for 15 minutes per day.

Adding 15 minutes of sun-soaking to your monthly goals is like a recharge for your soul.

Picture this: a mini vacation in your backyard, Vitamin D on tap, and that warm kiss of sunlight giving your mood a high-five.

(It’s not a tan mission; it’s a happiness boost!)

So, grab a comfy spot, let the sun work its magic, and add a dose of natural radiance to your monthly goals.

29. Go to bed 30 minutes earlier.

Imagine waking up feeling like you’ve got your own personal parade of well-rested unicorns cheering you on.

(Okay, that was a bit dramatic.)

But really, you should make it your monthly goal to start going to bed earlier.

Your energy levels will thank you!

30. Do calming yoga every night before bed.

Ready to upgrade your pre-sleep routine?

Cue the calming yoga vibes!

Roll out that yoga mat, let the soothing poses work their magic, and add a sprinkle of serenity to your bedtime routine. Your body will thank you!

31. Hire a personal trainer.

Hiring a personal trainer can provide personalized guidance and motivation, enhancing your fitness journey by ensuring efficient workouts and sustainable progress.

Their expertise and support can optimize your exercise routine, leading to long-term benefits for both physical and mental well-being.

Here are nine more reasons you should hire a personal trainer if you haven’t already!

32. Talk to someone new at the gym.

Throwing a chat with a fellow gym-goer on your monthly to-do list can turn those workout sessions into more than just lifting weights.

You might discover new exercises, make a workout buddy, or just share a few laughs while breaking a sweat.

It’s like leveling up your fitness game with a side of good vibes.

33. Sign up for a bodybuilding or figure competition.

Jumping into a bodybuilding or figure competition for the month could be a wild, but rewarding ride.

Imagine pushing your limits, sculpting those muscles, and having a blast while strutting your stuff on stage.

It’s like setting a fitness goal with a side of spotlight and a whole lot of flexing fun.

34. Take your pet for a walk daily.

Adding a daily walk with your furry friend to your monthly checklist is a win-win.

Not only does it keep them happy and healthy, but you’ll also sneak in some fresh air, making those walks a positive routine for both of you.

35. Invest in new fitness equipment.

Dropping some cash on new exercise gear for the month is like bringing the gym to your living room.

It adds a sprinkle of excitement to your workouts, and hey, it’s an investment in both your fitness and the home vibes.

Here are some cheap home gym essentials to invest in first.

If you’re still looking for more new month, new goals ideas specifically for fitness, check out these fitness goal ideas!

Financial Monthly Goal Ideas

36. Create or update a budget and stick to it.

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Adding the art of budgeting to your monthly goals is like financial wizardry for real life.

(It’s not about restricting; it’s about empowering.)

Your bank account will send you a virtual high-five, and future you will be sipping a budget-approved cocktail on a beach somewhere! 🌴

37. Find a way to make an extra $200 this month.

Ready to turn those “I wish I had extra cash” vibes into reality?

Adding a mission to make an extra $200 to your monthly goals is like giving your wallet a little bonus love.

It’s not about working yourself into a frenzy; it’s about unleashing your creativity and resourcefulness.

So, brainstorm a bit, find a side gig that sparks joy, and add a sprinkle of financial flair to your monthly goals.

38. Add an extra $100 to your savings this month.

Adding the challenge of saving an extra $100 to your monthly goals is like giving your future self a high-five.

Stash a few extra bucks, cut back on that impulse buy, and add a sprinkle of financial wisdom to your monthly goals.

39. Pay an extra $100 to a debt.

Ready to kick those financial shackles to the curb?

Adding the goal of paying an extra $100 to your debt each month is like giving it a one-two punch.

Every extra Benjamin you throw at that debt is a step closer to liberation.

So, cut back on a latte or two, redirect that cash, and add a sprinkle of debt-demolishing power to your monthly goals.

40. Eliminate or lower a monthly bill that you can cut back on.

Ready to give your budget a breather?

Adding the mission of nixing or lowering a monthly bill to your goals is like a financial ninja move.

(Imagine redirecting that cash to something way more exciting – like a weekend getaway or a fancy dinner!)

Your wallet will thank you, and you’ll be the hero of your budget!

41. Read a personal finance book.

Still on the hunt for monthly goal ideas?

Adding the goal of reading a personal finance book to your monthly agenda is like a money mindset glow-up.

So, grab a book, kick back, and add a sprinkle of financial enlightenment to your monthly goals.

42. Track and update your net worth.

Ready to take the reins of your financial destiny?

Add the task of tracking your net worth to your monthly goals to give your money journey a GPS.

So why not dust off that calculator, update those assets and liabilities, and add a sprinkle of financial empowerment to your monthly goals?

43. Purchase an extra $100 in index funds.

Adding the goal of purchasing an extra $100 in index funds each month is like planting seeds for a financial garden that grows while you sleep.

It’s not about becoming a stock market guru; it’s about effortlessly growing your wealth with a smart, long-term strategy.

So, embrace the power of compounding, invest that Benjamin, and watch your money work for you in the background.

44. Contribute an extra $100 to your retirement account.

Including the goal of contributing an extra $100 to your retirement account monthly is like sending a future care package to your retired self.

So, boost your retirement savings, watch your money grow over time, and set the stage for a stress-free golden age. 💸

45. Set up a self-care fund.

Still looking for goals for this month?

Allocate a portion of your budget to building your self-care fund, and ensure that treating yourself becomes a consistent, guilt-free ritual.

46. Set the goal to buy second-hand.

Embrace the thrill of thrift, hunt for pre-loved treasures, and make a positive impact on both your budget and the Earth.

Personal & Self-Care Goal Ideas

42. Cut back on screen time to protect your sleep and mental health.

Cutting down on screen time for the month is great for your mental health and rest.

Plus, you might discover the joys of the real world, catch up on hobbies, or just avoid the scroll-induced time warp. 🙂

So why not set the goal to hit pause on the digital chaos and press play on a more relaxed, screen-free vibe?

43. Get your nails or hair done at least once this month.

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Throwing a monthly pampering sesh for your nails or hair is just one simple way to treat yourself to a little self-love.

It’s a quick confidence boost, a chance to relax, and the secret sauce to feeling put together without breaking a sweat.

44. Write in a journal daily.

Making a habit of jotting down your thoughts in a daily journal is a simple way to unload, reflect, and maybe stumble upon some hidden gems of self-discovery.

Plus, it helps you regulate your own emotions without taking them out on someone else. (Lol.)

Here are some journal prompts that are great for self-reflection.

45. Pray or meditate for 10 minutes each morning or night.

Adding a daily dose of prayer or meditation to your routine is a great way to find some peace amidst the chaos of everyday life.

It sets a positive tone for the day, bringing a bit of calm to the daily hustle.

46. Read a new book this month.

New month, new goals?

Here’s an easy one – set the goal to read a new book this month!

Choose from personal finance, personal development, or just-for-fun books!

47. Create new memories by doing something fun every weekend.

Adding a bit of weekend fun to your monthly goals is one way to put some life into your routine.

Whether it’s hitting up a cool spot, binging a new series, or just doing whatever floats your boat, try adding the monthly goal of doing something fun every weekend.

It’s a reminder that life’s not all about the grind, but also about enjoying the ride.

48. Go on a hike you’ve never taken before.

Adding a new hike to your monthly goals is great not just for the exercise, but for the thrill of discovering a trail less traveled – because who knows what cool spots you might stumble upon.

It’s like swapping the routine for a dose of the unexpected, all while getting some steps in.

49. Get a massage.

Adding a monthly massage is like hitting pause on the chaos and giving your muscles a break – it’s not just a luxury, it’s a practical move to unwind and shake off the day-to-day tension.

Why not add a monthly (or dare I say weekly?) massage to your goals this month?

50. Treat yourself to coffee and a pastry.

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Still need goal ideas for the month?

Adding a monthly coffee and pastry treat is a simple way to savor a delicious moment, break the routine, and remind yourself that life’s too short to skip the little joys.

You can use this as a month-end treat or start the month with it while planning your monthly goals!

51. Go to an outdoor event.

Attending an outdoor event, whether it’s a concert, festival, or just a local market, is a chance to soak up some fresh air and maybe stumble upon unexpected adventures.

Try something new!

52. Put your phone down thirty minutes before bed.

Ditching the phone 30 minutes before bed is like telling your brain, “Chill, it’s downtime” – it’s a low-key way to escape the screen glow, unwind, and give yourself a shot at some quality sleep without the digital buzz.

If you’re suffering from poor sleep and low energy, this is the perfect monthly goal.

53. Create new relaxation rituals.

Establish relaxation rituals, such as a warm bath, aromatherapy, or listening to calming music, to unwind and de-stress.

54. Learn to practice gratitude.

Cultivate a habit of expressing gratitude daily, recognizing and appreciating positive aspects of your life.

55. Volunteer or give back.

Dedicate time to contribute to a cause you care about through volunteering or charitable activities.

Goal Ideas for Relationships

56. Reach out to an old friend to say reconnect.

Adding a monthly reconnect with an old friend is an opportunity to share experiences, reminisce, and foster meaningful relationships beyond the daily grind.

It’s like giving yourself a regular reminder of the people who’ve been part of your journey and appreciating those connections.

57. Call your mom once per week.

If you’re serious about leveling up your monthly goals, here’s a good one – give your mom a call at least once a week!

58. Call your grandparents.

Adding a monthly call to your grandparents is a chance to catch up, share stories, and let them know they’re loved and valued, all while creating cherished memories.

59. Put your phone away during shared meals.

Committing to putting your phone away during shared meals fosters genuine conversations, strengthens relationships, and creates a space for meaningful connection without the distractions of screens.

If you’re serious about setting monthly goals that improve your relationships, give this one a try!

60. Invite a friend out for lunch or coffee.

This is a super easy monthly goal idea, but make sure you set a budget and plan accordingly!

61. Write a thank you note to someone deserving each week.

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Set the goal to pick one person to thank intentionally each week.

Your acknowledgment and appreciation will be noted!

62. Weekly date night.

Still need ideas for monthly goals?

Try this one out!

Schedule a dedicated evening each week to spend quality time with your partner, whether it’s trying a new restaurant, cooking together, or enjoying a cozy movie night at home.

63. Try random acts of kindness.

Make it a goal to surprise your partner with small gestures of love and appreciation throughout the month, like leaving a sweet note or preparing breakfast in bed.

64. Have an adventure day.

Incorporate a monthly adventure, whether it’s a day trip, a hike, or exploring a new part of your city, to keep the excitement alive in your relationship.

65. Apologize to or confront someone you’ve been having issues with.

Have old beef with someone?

It’s time to be the bigger person and confront it.

66. Schedule regular check-ins with your partner.

Schedule periodic check-ins to discuss the state of the relationship, address concerns, and celebrate achievements.

67. Go to couples counseling or relationship workshops.

Consider seeking professional guidance to enhance communication and address any underlying issues.

“Just for Fun” Monthly Goal Ideas

68. Learn a new language.

New month, new goals?

Yessir!

Set the goal to spend ten minutes per day learning a new language using an app like Duolingo or Babble.

69. Plan a day trip.

Have fun scouring Pinterest for the best day trips, and then plan it out from start to finish.

Then, find a buddy and go for it!

70. Have a spa day.

You can do this one at home or your local spa.

Just plan to go all out with a spa day once per month!

71. Try a new restaurant.

Are you a creature of habit who likes to go to the same places over and over?

Make it your goal to try a new restaurant this month!

72. Plan a weekend away.

Plan a monthly weekend trip that’s realistic for your budget and make it happen!

73. Try a new activity.

Painting? Bouldering? Ballroom dancing?

If you’re focused on personal development this month, trying something new can be a great way to get out of your comfort zone.

74. Find a way to meet new people.

You might be able to do this when you try a new activity.

But you can also do it by attending a public event, asking a friend to introduce you to their friends, and so many other ways.

75. Plan an international trip or dream vacation.

Want to do something fun and exciting?

Plan out an international trip or dream vacation down to the costs for daily activities, accommodations, and restaurants.

Use Pinterest to create a board and have fun with it!

How’s that for “New Month, New Goals”?

I hope this list of goals for the new month inspired you to try something new and helps you stay on track.

If you have any other great monthly goal ideas you want to share, feel free to let me know by leaving a comment!

Until next time,

Chantal from Ironwild Fitness

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