I’m really excited about this year. January 1 holds so much promise, you know? There is so much possibility in the air. Set all the goals! Make all the resolutions!
This is what I love about this time of the year. I love setting yearly goals. It allows me to think of the big picture of my life, to really imagine what would make this year a successful one.
So, I’ve set some goals. In fact, I’ve set a lot of goals. I like setting a lot of goals. I like being wildly ambitious and to feel overcome by all I want to accomplish. I know I won’t mark every intention as complete. I may not save the amount of money I want to save or find a good therapist I can trust or lose the weight I want to lose. That’s just life. It doesn’t mean I shouldn’t set goals just because I might not accomplish them.
I’ve set a lot of yearly goals, but I’m taking a different approach than I have in years past in the hopes I can mark more goals as complete than not. Setting long-term goals can be overwhelming, which is why it is imperative to break these goals down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
So here’s what I’ve done: I’ve made yearly goals. Then, I went through my list and figured out what my priorities will be in the first quarter of the year within each category. After deciding on my priorities, I broke down those priorities into monthly goals so that each one has a solid game plan for achievement.
I also bought the Signature Planner from Sugar Paper to help me. The only reason I bought this planner (I’m not a paper planner person) is because it has an area to write down your monthly and weekly goals. (Seriously, guys, I drooled when I saw this planner. It is so up my alley!)
I’m also putting together a “goal binder,” which is just about the nerdiest thing in the entire world. This binder will be my guiding force this year. I’m going to have my vision for the year, my yearly goals typed out, and all of my work from the Holiday Council located in one place. I’m also separating the binder into four sections (one section per quarter) and each section will have my focus for the quarter, my monthly goals, and some places for journaling. It’s dorky, but whatever. I want 2016 to be a year where I take deliberate action with my goals. I want it to be a year when I make the conscious effort to achieve my goals so I can begin living my dream life. So I’m putting the practices into place to ensure this.
So, with all that said, here are the goals I want to achieve in 2016:
- Finish my novel and prepare it for publication
Health and Fitness Goals
- Lose 20 lbs
- Exercise 3 or more times per week
- Drink more water, less soda
- Figure out what’s causing my nighttime congestion
- Start therapy
Money and Debt Goals
- Pay off my credit card
- Save $1,000
- Spend less than $100 on myself each quarter
Adventure and Fun Goals
- Go on more dates
- Travel to a new state
- Go on monthly adventures
- Get a tattoo
- Take an online course
Books and Media Goals
- Read 75 books
- Reread Harry Potter and watch all the movies
- Watch 12 movies I have never seen before
What’s one goal you really want to accomplish in 2016?