January 4, 2018

designing 2018

Based on the goal-setting and year-in-review posts I did for 2017, and years before, I'm great at setting goals. I'm not so good at follow-through. Why? Because I don't look back at my goals until the end of the year rolls around and I wonder, "Wait, what were my goals again?" I'm determined to change that this time around.

In the interest of getting results this year, I decided I needed some help. I found my goal-setting solution in the form of Lauren Layne's Life by Design. The workbook focuses on reflection and dreaming to create the life you want. More about lifestyle changes than setting goals or resolutions alone, the workbook helped me figure out what matters most to me at this point in my life. From there, I was able to break it down more to figure out reasonable ways of making it happen.

Most importantly, it guided me in finding motivation and accountability to achieve these goals.

Here's an example of one area of motivation: the computer desktop background I created:

It includes my word of the year, the title I'd like this year to have if it was a book, and my top three goals.

As for accountability, that's where this post and you readers come into play. In addition to sharing my goals and plans (in the form of Google Docs and Sheets) with a friend who will be my accountability partner, I've set alerts in my calendar so I'll check where I am each month and quarter. But I also need your help. I need you to be my bonus accountability buddies. When I do my quarterly review, I'll share my analysis here and my plan of attack for attack here on the blog. And you can keep me honest.

So in that spirit, let's get into those goals and my vision for the first quarter.

My 2018 Bucket List
  1. Be present
  2. Write every day (including books, journal, and blog)
  3. Reach a healthier weight

While brainstorming, and ultimately coming up with that top three, I had to come up with a top ten list. I'm going to work on those, too, but am keeping them private for the moment while I figure out how they work into 2018.

But I pretty much have the top three goals figured out. Here's how they breaks down for first quarter and this first month, and how I've already put some of this into action:

Goal #1: Be Present
  • Stay off phone before 8 a.m. and after 9 p.m. daily  - sleep setting adjusted to reflect this on phone
  • Have one “treat yo’ self’ evening a week (scheduled for Thursdays)
  • Schedule one social activity a week (can include family and friends and be coffees, lunches, dinners, movie nights, etc.) 

Goal #2: Write Every Day - all added to calendar
  • Wake-up at 5:30 a.m. and be at computer by 6 every weekday (set aside 1 to 2 hours each Saturday and Sunday and move schedule up half an hour when it physically feels right)
  • Go to Starbucks by 6 a.m. one morning each week for two-hour writing session
  • Hold one writing adventure each month 

Goal #3: Reach Healthier Weight
  • Do 30 minutes of cardio five days a week - added to calendar
  • Drink 100 to 200 ounces of water daily - will track in planner
  • Follow a meal plan (meal prep on Sundays) - weekly grocery shopping and meal prep added to calendar + created a Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/lmchap614/healthy-eating-in-2018/
BONUS: Weigh self at same time and date once a week (maybe twice, but no more than) and track in planner.

Ways of Tracking
Will Conduct Self-Evaluation on a Monthly Basis on January 31, February 28, and March 31 (notifications added to calendar with a review checklist)

Priorities for January 2018
  • Focus on Hydration
  • Near completion on a first draft of Book 2 in new series
  • Exercise five times weekly
  • Eat Well
  • Treat Yo’ Self
  • Be a Friend

So that's a look at my plan for 2018, and I'm feeling good and optimistic about it. I hope to have good news to report when we check in at the end of the first quarter.

What are your goals for this year?

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1 comment:

  1. These are great goals! You can do it!! =)

    I love the "Treat Yo' Self" goal.