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I recently read a blog where the author posted about setting personal goals for the year, and I thought it was a great idea, so I have decided to give it a try.

I’m not sure why I’ve never thought of doing this before… I’ve always written goals professionally, and I get the fact that if you don’t set goals, you may not make progress.  But I have a very different problem in my personal life.  By not setting personal goals, I feel like I haven’t made any personal progress, even though I probably do a ton each year.

So I’m doing this for two reasons: 1) to focus myself in on what I want to achieve  (and be okay with leaving the rest for later), and 2) to serve as a mechanism for recognition at the end of the year when I can look back and see how much I’ve done. I see this as a good practice for anyone who’s a ‘minimizer‘ of their own accomplishments, or who’s hard-working, and I’m excited to see how it works for me!

My Personal Goals – This Year (by wellbeing pillar)

Mental

  • Create a blog, and post at least every 2 weeks (starting in January)
  • Complete 3 projects from my wish list (maybe: kitchen counter tops, finish toy room, and something outside?)
  • Document my well-being successes once a month (starting in May)

Physical

  • Build a work-out plan that works for me, stick to it, and modify if needed (and be okay with less than perfect!) (March)
  • Keep a mainly Paleo diet
  • Do a veggie cleanse once a quarter (Feb, May, Aug, Nov)

Career

  • Ensure my leaders understand my career goals, and talk to them about it regularly (Feb, May, Aug, Nov)
  • Finish editing my friend’s book and decide how I like the job

Social

  • Go to the cabin at least four times this summer
  • Go out with friends twice a month
  • Find a volunteer activity I can do with my family, and do it at least once

Financial

  • Get our savings accounts back up to snuff (June)
  • Meet with a financial planner
  • Finish will & health care directives

Another interesting thing I learned recently is that people typically over-estimate what they can do in one year, and under-estimate what they can do in five or ten.  So, in addition to setting goals for the year, I’m going to set goals for five years out.

My Personal Goals – Five Years Out

Mental

  • Find a church that works for me and my family
  • Start writing my book
  • Put up hallway photos

Physical

  • Get to my ideal weight and body-fat percentage

Career

  • Maintain current satisfaction with my job

Social

  • Have set of volunteer efforts for my family to do multiple times throughout the year (close to holidays and/or in down times of year)

Financial

  • Have a side investment or alternate source of income

Someday Maybe

Almost important as what I’ve shared above as things I want to focus on, are the things I choose not to focus on.  So here’s a list of things I might consider for later, but am giving myself permission to de-prioritize for right now.

  • Take book-writing classes
  • Finish writing my book
  • Get a Masters in Knowledge Management
  • Start weightlifting (not just yoga and cardio)
  • All the other projects on my wish list!!
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