I know you guys probably have your goals set for the upcoming year but I thought I’d share what I did this year to help ensure that my goals for 2017 aren’t just resolutions that get forgotten 2 weeks later.
I ain’t gon’ lie, I’ve been blogging almost 10 years now and I have never really been able to keep up with my New Year goals. Once February 1 arrives, I don’t even think I think twice about my goals. I guess that’s just because I’m more of a go with the flow person. I say that I’m going to change every year, but I don’t put in the effort or put in the investment to keep me interested in them. But this year, I’m determined to stick to it.With all the things that happened in my personal life 2016, one thing I took away is that life only happens once. Once a second passes you can’t take it back, and time is the most valuable thing we possess. TIME. Time allows us to make memories that we will always carry with us, to share laughs, love, and tears with other people, and to put our stamp on the world for the better. It is true, the best things in life are free. I’ve always wanted every second I live to have purpose toward my goals. I want to be the best version of myself I can be, and live the life that God wants for me. But with a new outlook on life, I want this more than anything I’ve ever wanted.
Being that my word for 2017 is FORWARD I spent time doing lots of research to find apps, planners, and other productivity tools that would help me keep on the prize all throughout the year. I’m going to be sharing you how I set up my apps to keep my goals on the forefront when I get back from vacation. So I sat down and wrote the most important aspects of my life.
From there, I set different goals for different aspects of my life.
- Health and Fitness: Have a more happy mindset, make my health, fitness, and wellbeing a top priority
- Work: Too many goals to name here, but I set goals for each of my businesses and projects
- Home: Work on at least 1 major home improvement project, get my household more organized
- Personal: Find an accountability partner, do more things that give me joy, grow my faith
- Finance: Save $10,000, create a stricter household budget
From there, I break down those goals into monthly, weekly, and daily goals. I use Evernote to keep my goals, long term projects, and things to read in order. Then I use the Todoist app to help me with my short term projects and break down my goals into manageable tasks.
The main thing to take away is don’t waste your time on coming up with every single thing you need to get done. Even 1 year is a short amount of time when you think about it. Don’t let the weight of the new year put pressure on you in a way that hinders your own success. Think about what you can realistically get done in a year, and stick to it. Even if that means just 1 goal, so be it. You don’t need to change anything and everything about yourself in a year. Do what you can handle and go from there. Good luck to all of us this upcoming year! May the Lord bring us everything He has in store for us so that we may live out our purpose.
“For auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and days of auld lang syne.”
I never want to forget who I am, and the people I’ve met that shaped the woman I am today. I know that it’s still the first week of december but this is the time of year where I do a lot of self reflection. I’m a big believer that there is always a lesson to be learned, always room for improvement, and always adjustments that need to be made. I’m never one to be standing still, I need movement. I need progress, especially so I can be a better person. And when the year comes to an end, I usually try to soak up all the Christmas cheer while I start thinking about how I want to improve my life. I usually come up with a word that sums up my goal for the following year. In 2014 it was Simplify. 2015 was Journey.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have one in 2016 because this year was a bit crazy to say the least. But if I did have 1 word to sum it up I think it would be Grace. It was by the grace of God that I got through this year. Through all the heartache and uncertainty that his year brought, I still have faith that God is with me and that He wants what’s best for me. I know, you wonder how? Sometimes I wonder too, but that’s a whole blog post in itself. 🙂
I’m not quite sure what I want my word for 2017, I guess we’ll have to wait and see. What I do know is that I want more of the good things in life, and less of the bad. Don’t you?
2012 – Man what a roller coaster!
Usually by this time of the year I’m itching for the new year to come along and I’m excited for a fresh new start. But for some reason I’m not this year. I want to cling on to what time I have left in 2012 and cherish it for as long as I can. Not quite
sure why, but I’m going with it. BUT I can’t deny that I need to think about the future so here are my goals for 2013.
- Focus on what matters: the Lord, Charlie, and myself. For years I keep telling myself that I need to put myself first so I can in turn do more for others, but this year I mean it. I have seen first hand how fragile life is. It’s a blessed thing to be alive so I’m going to seize every moment. I’m going to let God lead the way. And I’m going to say no so I can say yes to the really important things.
- Narrow my focus. You know me, I’m all over the place. As time is going on I come to realize more and more that time, experience, and self-reflection have helped me to really figure out what I want out of life. This upcoming year I’m going to really work hard at what I have on my plate and do the things I said I was going to do but “never got around to it.”
- Give myself a day off. “It can wait until tomorrow.” I’ve gotten a lot better a getting things done instead of half done. Because of the nature of my business I may not be able to take the same day off every week but I’ll definitely give myself a day to rest and relax and NOT worry about work.
- Take more pictures. After Ray and my Lolo passed away I realized that I wish I had more photos and video of them. So, I am enrolling myself in taking at least 1 photo a day. I’m going to challenge myself to blog my life in photos every week and put them in an album at the end of the year!