Setting 2018 Goals & What Works For Me

December 28, 2017

Oh my. 2018 is right around the corner, and I’m at that stage before the new year when I have my new agenda, my new scribble notebook, and I’m working on my goals.

The start of a new year is a time for reflection on what you did well, and an opportunity to set a plan for what you want to do differently and better.

What helps me each year is to visualize my goals. I write them down somewhere that I can see them daily. They’re in my phone, they’re at the front of my planner, and they’re on my desk.

I decided to share with you my worksheet that I made that works for me!

The Overall Goal

This year I am trying to find 5 things to work on in my personal life, in my professional life, and to making myself a healthier person. Each month I will chip away and work to accomplish these 15 goals.

Why 15?

15 seemed like a manageable list. Short enough to recall from memory, and varied enough to allow me to focus on one goal if another is at a roadblock.

My personal and health goals are:
Personal. 1/ Learn 250 words in sign language. 2/ Spend more time playing with my dogs. 3/ Write a note to a friend once a week. 4/ Write down something good that happened each day. 5/ Build up our savings account to a certain dollar amount that allows for more financial freedom.
Health. 1/ Drink 80 oz of water a day. 2/ Go on 52 hikes this year. 3/ Find a workout routine I love. 4/ Eat one apple before eating a donut. 5/ Pack a healthy lunch 3x a week.

Setting a manta for the year is also important. It’s what you say to yourself in the mirror in the mornings, and the question to ask before bed. Did I live up to my mantra today? It’s ok if you don’t live up to it every day. We’re not perfect, and it takes time and practice to get into the habit and make lifestyle changes. My 2018 manta is You Don’t Know If You Don’t Try. I’m applying this to everything. Do I like this vegetable? Will this interaction with a stranger go well? Should I put this city on my bucket list? If I don’t give it a shot, I’ll never know.

The Monthly Progress

Goal achieving doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and a lot of practice. To stay on track, I created monthly worksheets as well that you can print out each month, or print all at once. It includes a spot to add important dates & events, notes, and 3 goals to accomplish for the month. The goals can be as easy as “register for an online course.” “apply for 10 jobs.” or “set aside 30 minutes to read each day.” It’s up to you. What can you do this month that will help you accomplish your bigger plan?

Having monthly progress goals is especially helpful to me, because I can be overly enamored by new shiny things. It’s really easy for me to get off track without some sort of structure to maintain my time and mind.

My 3 goals for January? 1/ Find a friend who is also interest in sign language to practice with. 2/ Fill my water bottle and put it with my lunch in the fridge each night before bed. 3/ Try 3 classes I haven’t taken before at the YMCA.

If my method sounds like something you’d like to try for yourself, here is a Google Drive link to a downloadable PDF of all these worksheets (13 pages total). You can print them out and put them on your wall, inside of a notebook, or stick them on the fridge. Put your goal sheets somewhere that you will see it every morning and every evening so you can be reminded of what you’re working towards.

If you decide to try it out, let me know in the comments! If you guys are up for it, I’ll share at the beginning of each month this year how I did on my monthly goals and what I’m aiming for in the next month! Here’s to a great 2018!




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