How to Set Goals for the New Year
This last year has been INSANE. I don’t know how else to describe it. My entire life has changed in so many ways, and it feels like 2017 was a total blur. I didn’t have my normal drive, life wasn’t going at all the way I planned, and it made planning and goal-setting very difficult. So, after much thought, I am ready to set goals and head a new direction for the new year.
Why Should You Set Goals?
It can be a bit challenging to set goals sometimes. Fear of failing, lack of motivation, and (let’s be honest) sheer laziness often hinder us from even trying. Some of us take that leap and set some New Year’s resolutions, but they fly out the window before March ever rolls around.
But here is the cold, hard truth: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) We need a vision for our lives, for this new year, for our career, for our children, and for our health. Vision and planning are keys to making progress and reaching our goals.
One great way to set goals and actually keep up with them is to make lists. Oh, how I love lists! Get a beautiful journal or planner that you absolutely love, and USE IT! I make simple lists for my goals, and use a planner to keep track of my progress each week, month, and so on.
Last year, I has no real vision for this blog, no set goals, and lost sight of its purpose. This year, I am shifting gears, after much thought, and trying to reach a different audience. This blog is going to become less of a work-from-home blog and more of a all-things-boy-mom blog. I will still be posting about working from home, and other general mom help topics, but my focus will shift to being a #boymom. With that said, please do not think I don’t like little girls, or that activities I post aren’t relevant for girls. I just want to specifically reach out to other moms of boys, like me, because that is my vision for this blog. I see much more potential for growth and for a tighter-knit community by taking that path. I hope many of you will stick around!
Outline to Set Goals for 2018
So how can you get started with your vision for the new year? Try following this simple outline, if you don’t already have some goals in mind, to set goals for 2018.
1) Your Health
What health goals do you have this year? Do you want to lose weight, eat cleaner, drink less coffee, stop smoking, or simply move around more? Maybe you want to boost your immune system so you don’t get sick as often this year. Or maybe you just want to still be able to wear the same pants come December! Whatever your goal is for your health, write that down. None of your other goals will matter much if you’re not in good health.
2) Your Family
What family goals do you have for this year? How do you set goals for your family anyway? Simple. How do you envision your family? Your goal may be to follow a schedule this year, to start some new family traditions, to strengthen your marriage or your relationship with your teens, or to try for another baby.
3) Your Finances
Ugh! I had to say it, right? But it’s really a good thing to set goals for your finances for the new year. Do you want to get out of debt? Stay out of debt? Maybe you want to save a chunk for a rainy day fund, start a retirement account, or follow a budget. If starting a money making blog is one of your financial goals for 2018, check out THIS helpful post.
4) Your Career
You may be perfectly content with your current job, but it’s still good to have goals. Your career may be a stay-at-home mom, and that is a full time job that should also come with goals. So think about where you would like to see yourself career-wise at the end of this year, and make that your goal.
5) Your Self
We aren’t talking about our health here. This is deeper – what’s inside. What is your biggest goal for yourself this year? You may want to stop yelling at your kids, deepen your relationship with God, become more self-disciplined, or confident, or nag at your husband less. We can all strive to be better women than we are today. If we set goals, we have the hope of moving in the right direction.
What Are Your Goals for the New Year?
If you followed that simple outline, you already set goals for the new year – 5 of them! Way to go! That’s a start: having a vision. Next week, I will talk more about actually sticking to our goals as the year rolls on. The first step to reaching our goals is to set goals in the first place. What are some of your goals for 2018?