Today we wanted to talk about goal setting with January being the start of a new year. A new year brings new beginnings, new inspiration and requires you to set new goals. You will be amazed by how much you can accomplish with setting goals at the beginning of the year.
Over the weekend before the New Year’s holiday celebration we had a goal setting meeting. The first thing we did was review the goals we set for 2018 and to see what we had accomplished. We determined what goals to continue, which ones had been accomplished, and which ones to let go. It was really motivating to see how much we accomplished and how successful we were in 2018. This also gave us the opportunity to reflect on what went well and what didn’t go so well.
The next thing we did was set our goals for 2019. We tried something a little different this year because of how much we hope to accomplish. This approach was somewhat of a divide and conquer approach. With this methodology, you set goals in different aspects of your life. You then create a calendar to help prioritize each goal and keep you on track throughout the year.
Examples of Goal Categories
Here is a list of some categories and examples of what you might find in them:
- Home (Home Improvement Projects, Organization or De-cluttering Projects)
- Outside (Building and Repairing Fences, Painting the House, Building a New Chicken Coop, Building Raised Beds, Building a Greenhouse)
- Financial (Pay Down or Off Debt, Save or Budget Money for Different Projects, Big Purchases or Trips)
- Business (Start a New Business, Develop New Products, Start or Grow a Blog, Start a YouTube Channel)
- Personal (Eat Healthier, Eat Less Sugar, Exercise More, Get in Better Shape, Practice Better Self-Care)
- Family (Spend Individual Time with Each Child, Set Aside Family Time, Schedule Family Activities, Start Preschool Activities for Child)
- Long-Term Goals (Buy a House, Start a Business, Buy Property, Start a Family, Go on a Trip)
The next thing we did was prioritize these goals across the entire year. We spread these out based on their priority such as their being certain things we need or want to accomplish before each season. The other important factor was spreading the expenses associated with these goals across the entire year. By scheduling certain things to be completed each month.
This brainstorming session helped us get a good grasp on everything we wanted to be able to accomplish this year. It even made some of the daunting tasks or expenses seem manageable. We now realize that by budgeting our time or money that we can make great things happen. In this way we will be able to grow both personally and professionally.
We encourage you to try this goal setting practice for yourself. If you have any suggestions on how to make this practice better, please share in the comments below. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!