How I created my attainable goals for 2017, and how you can too!
Once I’d figured out what my #onelittleword (choices) was, I had to identify the parts of my life that I needed to make better choices in. Well, my life really only consists of three main parts: work, home, and myself. Perfect. I knew right away that those had to be the focus of my introspective choices.
It’s great to take time and meditate a bit about your dream life. An attainable dream life. Mine is filled with simple things… having a clean and well decorated house, enjoying that bath bomb, creating effective and fun lesson plans, running a blog that I’m proud of, wearing clothes that represent me, being happy and balanced, etc.
Once I saw my dream life and how I really could make it happen, I created my specific goals off of this ultimate, end goal. I asked myself, “What is standing in the way of you accomplishing this dream life? Can you do something about those things? How could these be smaller goals?” Make sure to be really thoughtful and honest with yourself about these questions and your goal setting. Don’t set goals that you absolutely cannot reach or ones that require you to rely on others to accomplish (unless it’s one or two goals about setting up date night or collaborating more at work). These should be goals that help you improve your life, not cause you anxiety.
After I’d thought about my dream life and goals, I created my journal layout! I knew that I wanted to keep my layout on the simple side because the focus needed to be my actual goals. I chose to break my goals into three sections mainly because I like them to be orderly. It’s easier for me to stay focused and realistic if I only pay attention to one area of my life at a time.
Once the layout was created, I wrote down those goals. I really tried to keep it simple… I knew that if I overshot with them, I’d get overwhelmed and throw in the towel! Which, in case you’re wondering, is not making a positive choice.
Some of my “Work” goals are (I’m a teacher):
Stay at work until at least 4:15, except for one day where I leave right at the bell.
Keep the classroom clean
Keep a data and parent contact binder
Develop full lesson plans for each grade level
These work goals not only help me, but they also help out my students.
Some “Home” goals are:
Clean at least 10 minutes everyday
Pick one day a week to dust and one to scrub the bathroom
Regularly do laundry… I have a lot of clothes and I let it pile up!
Hang up pictures, curtains, and shelves
Make and sustain a vegetable garden
These are all attainable. Some will take more time than others, but a happy home is a happy heart!
Some “Self” goals are:
Cook at least twice a week
Spend time reading my Bible and Bible journaling
Create something everyday
Don’t lay in your bed unless it’s bedtime… as I write this post sitting in my bed!
These goals are strictly for myself. They are things that I both need to do and want to do.
The most important part of goal setting is that these are not set in stone! I can change them, add to them, scratch something out… whatever I need to do to make positive choices for my life. These are my goals, and mine alone. I can accomplish them. You can accomplish your goals, too! Cheers!