I have something to tell you that I am fairly certain you have probably already realized…it’s 2016! We have made it through an entire year and for me personally, so much happened in the past year. I think the biggest life event in 2015 was the birth of my beautiful daughter, Addison! She is now 7 months old and I am still getting my feet wet being a new mom and all – improving my “mom game” is actually one of my goals this year. This might come as a surprise to you given the post & information I am about to share with you but I never used to be a New Year’s resolutions kind of person. I found them to be silly and I did not understand why you would need to start something at the beginning of the year. What’s wrong with June 3rd or August 27th? The answer is there is nothing wrong with either of those dates, but January 1st is symbolic! Oh January 1st, the first day of the first month of the new year. It just feels fresh, it tastes fresh. It is your chance to take all of those goals you thought you’d never accomplish, things you dreamed of doing but put off for another time and bring them to the forefront of your life and mind.
I also used to the think the debate between the words “resolutions” and “goals” was super important, but now I do not see the difference. At the end of the day, I am writing a list of goals / resolutions / things to do / desires / whatever you want to call them that makes you all giddy and motivated inside, for 2016. I invite you to join me in writing goals for this New Year! I recently wrote an article for the Huffington Post about “5 Steps to Actually Stick to your New Year’s Resolutions”. I encourage you to read that article if you typically have a hard time following through with your goals. In the article I described one way to stick to your New Year’s Resolutions: To Organize. I suggest splitting goals into categories to help you prioritize them and make it clear to yourself what aspects of your life you are focusing on. Now, let’s talk about the “how-to”.
How-To: Organize Goals
I recommend splitting your goals into four distinct categories: personal, professional, financial and fun / misc. While these categories might not be applicable to everyone, they are fairly general and also go along very well with the free printable I created (which you can download at the end of this post!). Those are the categories, but what exactly do they entail?
1. Personal Goals
A personal goal is something that will improve your life, your attitude, your mind, etc. The key word here is, you. These goals should be focused on you and you alone. However, the result of completing this goals might actually help others (isn’t that the point, after all). A few example of personal goals might include:
- Read one book per month
- Eat a health lunch every day
- Run 3 miles a week
- Devote 20 minutes in the morning to prayer
- Only watch television for 1 hour a day
- Write an email every week to a friend
- Floss every night
- Read to your child every weekday (this goal really is about you doing it)
Professional goals are going to vary a lot between people, but the idea is nonetheless the same. These are goals that are related to your professional development (whether that be school, a career, volunteering, etc.). Basically anything that, if achieved, can be put onto a resume. To get you started, think of these questions:
- Am I satisfied with my current employment / employer?
- Is there something I wish I could be getting paid for, but I am not?
- Do I miss going to school / is there something I would like to learn?
- Am I currently using my time to improve myself in a professional aspect?
- Is my resume 100% where I want it to be?
Ahhh, the financial goals. When my husband and I sat down to write our 2016 goals (in these categories, of course!) my favorite were the financial goals. I don’t know why, I guess it is because it is a challenge. Also, it is soo quantifiable. It is very difficult to be vague when it comes to finances so knowing we have clear goals for our money gets me excited. The important part is having a clear path to get you from where you are to where you want to be. Financial goals are going to be different for everyone, check out these resources to get you thinking:
- Everything you need to start a cash budget – by me!
- 75+ Ways to Make Extra Money – by Michelle at Making Sense of Cents
- Five Tips to Pay Off Debt Fast – by Kristina at Cents and Order
4. Fun / Misc
While I totally nerded out and loved making the financial goals, you might be thinking to yourself that the fun ones get you more jazzed. While these might not seem like “goals”, they truly are! Taking care of yourself, putting your happiness as well as the happiness of your family first, and treating yourself from time to time all benefit your mental / physical health and will help you accomplish the above listed goals. Unless you allow yourself a time to be silly and fun, there is no way you can complete so many goals. Here are a few fun goals we have on our list:
- Travel more. Since we are in a wonderful location in Japan, it is really easy for us to travel all over Asia but we haven’t yet! This year, I would like to take more trips throughout Asia and explore this beautiful land. A few key places are: Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul.
- Spend more time outdoors. Sometimes the weather does not always cooperate, but now that our daughter is bigger and the sun is shining even brighter, we had better spend more time soaking it up.
- Try new things (food / activities). I tend not to be a risk taker, I am deathly afraid of fish (yes fish, not sharks, fish). Because of this I have not taken advantage of any of the beach activities offered here, but I’d like to try some! In specific, I want to snorkel, jet ski and swim around. I also want to say “YES” more when it comes to trying unique foods.
The Printable to Get You Started!
Now if you know me, you know I never leave you empty handed when providing expert advice (I use the term “expert” loosely). I have created a categorized 2016 goals printable for you. It is in my favorite monochrome look – my husband insists it needs more color, but this is what I like! Print it out on your printer and get to writing. The sooner you write down your goals, the faster you will accomplish them – I mean it!
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