So we took a look at the past year, which is typically the first step when coming up with New Year’s goals. By reflecting, we can see where we would like to improve, and also it just helps to see how good the year went. But now we need to come up with The Plan.
So I accomplished none of my 2017 goals. They were all half-assed.
I am not good at making habits and not being home sometimes puts a stopper to any progress I make. For example, when I stay at my boyfriend’s house, I’m supposed to be spending time with him, and that’s less time to read, less time to exercise, less time to even clean.
To solve this issue isn’t to see him less, but to move in. So that is goal number one. Which can be done by saving money and finding a job that pays more. In addition, I have been using my retail schedule as an excuse not to do anything either. So finding a better job would also fix that.
So through that example you can see I found a problem, identified what was causing it, and found a solution. Then you need to come up with steps to achieve that solution. Try to be as specific as possible.
I’ll create a worksheet to make all this more clear and easy.
So here I am going to freewrite some major goals I would like to accomplish in 2018:
- Move out
- Publish Parnox
- Volunteer at animal shelter
- Monetize blog
- Journal every day
- Post twice a week on blog
- Get a proper job
- Put car in my name
- Get an exercise routine down
- Get 100 percent on Duolingo
- Read 30 books
There are some of the goals I have created for myself. But we don’t stop here. We can’t really do much with this list. How can I read 50 books, write a blog, go to work, look for another job – Okay now we are overwhelmed. Let’s break it down:
- Put $50 from each paycheck into savings
- Apply to two jobs a day
- No spending on anything but necessities
Okay that makes it a little more clear. The main goal is for me to be able to move out of my dad’s house, but I can’t do that until my finances are somewhat stable. which can be done through saving and not spending, and by finding a better job. By putting some quantifiable steps in there, I can track some sort of progress. If I apply to two jobs a day, I won’t be overwhelmed in the search, and it will keep me constantly on the prowl. Of course, I can also apply to more if I am feeling it that day.
For some of my goals, I can lump them under Change my Nightly Routine. I tend to spend a lot of time on my computer just bumbling around and not doing anything, which wastes a lot of time, so here is how I am going to change the routine to better accomplish my goals:
- No electronics after 9 (you heard me).
- Do Duolingo at around 8:30 p.m. and get 15 points a day. (get 100 percent)
- Stretch or move somehow (yoga) (exercise routine)
- Read at least 10 pages a night (read 50 books)
- Spend a few minutes before bed writing about the day or whatever (journal every day)
Now since I have a retail schedule, sometimes I won’t be able to do these things at night and will have to change this to the morning, but in essence, this will be how my nights will hopefully go.
Now you can’t plan for everything, but do you see how some of my goals overlap? And some ways to achieve them are developing good habits like less computer time, which means less social media use, which is healthy in my opinion. Or how if I stretch before bed I can’t give myself an excuse for not being able to exercise more.
Hopefully tomorrow I will have a worksheet ready to help you all plan with your goals! In the meantime, share your goals below or tweet me @renadeer using #2018plan.