I like the possibility, I like knowing that I can grow, I like the change. Goals help me achieve those things. Setting goals is something that I do every
January. I like to map out my year to
see where I want to go, what I want to accomplish, which direction to steer my
family in. Goals are important.
goals. I thought that while saying “I
will be healthy” was a great idea, it was not something that was achievable
because there were no steps, there was no end.
What would “be healthy” actually look like? So I started writing goals, but then I
goes a little something like this –
attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable <source>
parts to it.
all tidy in a one year commitment period.
Unfortunately, that is incredibly unrealistic.
and see what I want for us to move towards, how I want our lives to be, but I
often forget that I can’t change everything in a short amount of time, and I
challenges, I really need to be fully present in each stage, instead of always
looking forward to the next one.
I love the newness that January brings, the change of the calendar, the new
seasons, it gives me a sense of refreshing my life. But, I sometimes look forward a little too
older, when they are able to take care of themselves a bit more. I think part of that comes from having a
toddler in the home, and knowing that I am needed for just about
everything. I love to be needed, don’t
get me wrong, but sometimes it is stressful feeling so needed, without
remembering that I also need me.
I need to be more realistic. Having the steps to achieve my goals is
awesome, but if I am unrealistic about the goal itself, or the time frame that
I am working with, then perhaps it isn’t the right goal for me this year.
decided to make a change for 2017.
It was an amazing book, and if you haven’t read it, you definitely
achieving the life that you want, living
life on purpose. It definitely
helped me in formulating goals for 2015 and 2016, but I was still too
lofty. There wasn’t enough balance
between personal and professional goals.
hard on professional goals. What I
needed was a way to combine the goals, or to make goals that were not complete
polar opposites. Achieving a life lived
PowerSheets Goal planner.
for planners, for to-do lists, for pretty much everything in my normal day
to day. It works better for me to have
it sitting in front of me, for me to go through the process of actually writing
it out rather than typing it. I knew
that this goal planner would definitely help me realize the goals that I want
to accomplish this year.
lays out to respond to.
my life is easy, but formulating that change into a SMART goal doesn’t always
work for me.
example “I want to hit 100,000 page views per month by March.” And even some of my personal goals are
written well, “I want to read 100 books in 2017.” However, making sure that I continue that
through all of my goals is also important.
did this back in 2014,
and honestly that was a really smart decision on my part.
my goals into one year, but that isn’t realistic. And while I did great for one year with that,
having a baby at the end of 2014 probably threw off my goal setting in 2015 and
2016. Now, Lucy is 2 and life is a
little more normal around here again, so I can sit and think a little more
year, that is completely ridiculous, and I know better. But, in January I have all of this optimism
and want to accomplish it all – see above about the newness of flipping the
accomplish this year, but I also need to do more long term planning. What do I want my life to be like in 3
years? In 5 years? In 10 years?
down, look at my list of goals and changes to my life, my blog, my family life,
etc. I will then be able to categorize them into a long term goal or something
that can be accomplished this year.
look at the steps that I need to take this
year in order to realize that goal in 3, 5, or even 10 years.
I have. If you are looking for those
thought provoking questions to help you write your goals for this year, I
definitely recommend the questions that Tsh puts out on her blog the art of simple every year. I started using these questions years ago,
and they have helped me formulate ideas and paths that I want to take.
coming weeks, and I would love to hear what your goals are.
range planner, or someone who likes to see their goals attained in the very
short term? Or do you fall somewhere in