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When I was in the corporate world, we would do goal setting sessions for each year. Company, department and personal goals were laid out and had KPI’s (key performance indicators) attached to them. I could check in on a regular basis to see how I was tracking towards things I needed to achieve. Now that I’m home full time with my girls, I’m feeling a little lost.
I decided that I would do some goal setting for myself. I don’t want the year to fly by, which it will, and be looking around wondering what did I accomplish. That is not to say that keeping two small children alive isn’t an accomplishment but I need something a little more tangible. Something to strive towards.
I was brainstorming my list and I noticed a trend. All the things I wanted to achieve next year centered around deepening or detoxing in some form and it seems to be a great framework to work my goals into for next year. Goals don’t have to be crazy, following the SMART format has always worked well for me. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. It helps set yourself up for success by giving your goals parameters so you don’t go too pie-in-the-sky. So thinking about the theme of Deepening and Detoxing, I came up with 3 areas in each category.
Health – I want to continue my fitness journey and get back to running in addition to my classes at The Fit Mill. My goal is to run a race a quarter. I do well when I have something to train for and I would love to do another half marathon at some point next year.
Blog – I want to continue to grow my blog and there are so many aspects that I feel I can continue to improve. I would love to learn more about photography and grow my network. I can do that through some online courses and plan to attend at least one blogger conference. Ultimately, I’d like my blog to be a source of income for us by the end of the year.
Reflection – I want to get back into journaling but just the thought always seems so time consuming. I used to spend hours writing in my journals back in the day. Then I read about one line journals from Becca at With Love and A Little Self-Depreciation, I was sold and bought this journal. I love the simplicity of it and I love having 5 years to look at as a whole. I also plan to make time to read more. One book a month. It will force me to unplug a bit…see below.
Digital – I need to put my phone down more. I’m entirely too attached to it – the social media, the constant news feeds, the interaction. So I’m going to set office hours for it and it’s getting kicked out of our bedroom. There are other things that I can fill my mornings with like a quick 5 minute meditation, writing or getting a workout in. I don’t need to see the news or my email right away – it’s all too depressing right now anyways.
Diet – We eat a pretty clean and healthy diet for the most part but there is one area that I feel like I can personally improve on and that is my sugar intake. I want to start with the obvious and banish all those Christmas goodies to the curb immediately and then slowly get to the point where we are eliminating added sugar – even in the pasta sauces and ketchup that we buy.
Clutter – I can’t stand clutter. I know it fuels my anxiety and hinders my ability to focus. Yet I still have areas of my house that drive me crazy because they just accumulate so much crap. Most of the time, I try to hide them but I know they are there, festering. I’m going to assign each month with an area that I’ve been avoiding.
I’m a little bit old school and the type of person that needs to write things down in order for them to stick in my brain. I’ve used an actual planner for the last two years, the Erin Condren Life Planner, and I like having a record of all the things that we’ve done, plus it keeps me organized. My favorite things about this planner are the personalization options, the week at a glance, the space for goals and all the fun accessories. They are colorful and clean and really help keep my visual brain on track. Not only do I write down what our plans are in the future but I also go back and write down things that we did so that I have a memory of special and even everyday moments.
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I don’t have a team or boss anymore to meet with on a regular basis so I’m going to hold myself accountable here. I promise not to bore you each week with all the things I’ve thrown out or if I ran but once a month I want to schedule a post where I need to fess up.
Have you done any goal setting for next year? How are you going to keep yourself accountable?