I adore the month of January because it means a fresh start! January just has a beautiful feeling of newness and there is so much resolution going on. I love it! There is so much joy and excitement in getting a new planner, dreaming, making goals, and organizing a year. I am by nature an organized person, and I love making goals, but this year is different. I am making goals and keeping them. This is one of my inspiring quotes from John Maxwell.
This year amidst all the excitement of setting my goals, I put some important plans in motion to actually keep them. It takes away from the excitement when you look at last year's goals and realize they are exactly the same as the ones you just made. How do I know this? Because I have been there and am there, but I am resolved to not allow that to happen this year. I mean who wants to be the same boring person the rest of their lives. I don't! I want to continue to grow and change and become more like Christ. I want to reach new heights this year and be the best Amanda I could possibly be. I have tons of great plans for you as well. :) so if you subscribe at the end of this post, you can stay tuned in to all the amazing things that will be happening here. I can promise you that you will love it!
So after all that, here is my solution to the goal setting dilemma.
1. Buy a Planner of course :).
I got mine from Walmart for $7, and I love it! The brand is Mintgreeen. There are tons of online options available as well, but I always run out of printer ink so the printable ones don't work for me. Here are a few key things to look for when buying a planner:
- Size, I know this sounds crazy but I like little things, so if a planner is too big, I simply do not use it as often as I should. Yes, I speak from experience again. :)
- Space: Does it have daily writing space for you? I don't write a ton and only schedule myself and son so six or so lines per day is good for me.
- Format: Does it have a usable format for your needs? Some people like to have a daily section along with a meal planner and to do list. I plan my meals differently so I don't need that space, but it can be a deal breaker if you do.
- Extra Pages: I love that my planner has lots of extra pages and even a page to put yearly goals at the end! For me, note pages are a deal breaker. My planner, which is perfect for this season of life, has two note pages after each month calendar. This spot is a must for me. I will explain why below.
- Durability: The planner has to last all year long, so you definitely want something that has a durable cover and is not cheaply made.
2. Establish Yearly Goals:
I have six basic categories that I establish goals in. These are: Business, Blog, Health, Fitness, Spiritual, and Household. Pretty much everything else falls into place when these do. Under spiritual, I keep all my relationship goals as well.
3. Purchase a set of colored pens:
For some this may sound crazy, but I promise it is easier to find goals this way.
4. Set monthly goals:
This is where I have gone wrong so many times! I make these amazing yearly goals but no little steps to get me there. This is a vital step in the process of actually accomplishing your goals. In my planner, after my monthly calendar page, I have a blank page before my weekly pages come. Here is where I write my goals for the month. I look at my yearly goals and determine what twelve big steps I need to take to accomplish that goal. I then write them down on my monthly goal page. I do this for all my categories, keeping it color coded of course.
5. Set aside a weekly time to plan:
My weekly planning time is Sunday because that is my day of rest. For this time, I eliminate all distractions. I take one category and look at my monthly goal. I then determine the daily steps I need to take in order to make that monthly goal come true. I do this for every category, and it looks like this when I am done. It is also important to analyze the week before, and how well you did at accomplishing your goals.
6. Look at Your Planner Every Day:
I know this sounds simple, but it is often forgotten. Don't spend all this time making and planning and then fail to look at your daily plans. Every morning, open your planner and see what you have in store for the day.
This is the simple method I am using to make my goals more than just resolutions, but my new lifestyle. What are some of the ways that you keep your goals all your long?