With the New Year comes new resolutions but for me resolutions always seem to be short lived. What works better for me though is setting intentional goals. Last year I tried out a goal setting planner but I found that to be a bit overwhelming. I did take away a few good ideas from it though and I’m going to share them with you!
1. Set realistic goals: Set goals that you can complete within 6 months to a year. If you complete your goals before then even better! The more you complete the more time you have to accomplish those bigger goals that may take a little longer.
2. Give yourself a time frame to complete each goal: Bigger goals I gave myself 6 months to a year to accomplish. To complete smaller less time consuming goals I gave myself a month. Giving yourself a time table allows for you to hold yourself accountable.
3. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t complete your goals within the time frame given: When setting goals it’s all about forward progress however life gets in the way sometimes so things may have to be rearranged, put on the back burner or cut out completely. Whatever the case may be reflect and adjust as necessary. You may need to extend the time you gave yourself. Maybe you were only a few days or so behind. Move that goal into the next month but make it a point to have it completed with that month. Even small steps are steps in the right direction.
And last but not least
4. Write your goals down! : I write my goals down on the side of my planner because it’s something I look at daily. If you don’t use a planner you could write them on a post it note and put it somewhere you can see it (on a mirror or door), just put it somewhere that your checking daily/weekly to keep yourself accountable. Whatever works for you do it just make sure it’s written down somewhere.
Here’s a peak at last years goals and what I completed.
My 2017 Goals:
1. Change my last name: Completed
(I was raised by a single mother but my mom gave me my fathers last name. I wanted to honor the family that actually raised me so that’s why changing my name was important to me.)
2. Get my passport: moved to 2018 goals (seems like a simple task right? Well with a name change in the works this had to be put on the back burner. Now that my name is changed I can complete this goal for 2018)
3. Finish my CDA: Completed (This is a national accreditation for Teachers in Early Childhood Education and I got my credential in December!)
4. Get my girls in activities: Moved to 2018 goals. I did manage to get my oldest into a great after school program but since I was working 3 jobs I was burning the candle at both ends so I had to postpone this one.
5. Be intentional about quiet time: Work in progress for 2018 and beyond. I try to spend as much time reading my bible as possible but I would like to do it daily.
6. Reorganize my blog and set a blogging schedule: Completed ( I did revamp my blog but I didn’t set a blogging schedule because it’s just not something that works for me. I write when I’m inspired or when I have something to share. That’s what works for me and that’s ok.
7. Social media free weekends: Work in progress. (I did complete this a few times but I would like it to be more consistent.)
8. Do more of what I love! This is an ongoing goal to read, write, get tattooed, spend time with friends and family. This is a goal to just be intentional about doing this that make me happy!
What goals are you guys working on for 2018? What organizational tools are you using to accomplish these goal? I would love to hear your feedback so comment below!