This year I am trying something new. No, it’s nothing as exotic as learning how to salsa dance or taking a cooking class (though I would love to do either of those!). Instead, I am changing the way I set goals.
As I explained last week, I am now setting quarterly goals for myself. (You can read more about how I did it here.) Each quarter of the year, I will set four goals for myself that align with my big picture priorities. I am hoping that this will give me a sense of relevance, immediacy, and focus.
But, it is not enough to set quarterly goals. I also need to set monthly goals to help me reach those quarterly goals. (I know, I know, I seem a bit too Type A at this point!) This helps me decide how to focus on my quarterly goals that month.
So, here are my:
January Goals 2019
Quarterly Goal #1:
Spiritual Goal–Reserve one day per week for rest and spiritual refreshment.
January Goal #1: Make a list of restful activities.
January Goal #2: Read a book on rest.
January Goal #3: Block out days of rest on my calendar.
Quarterly Goal #2:
Personal Goal–Start a daily strength training routine and track my progress.
January Goal #1: Make strength training charts in my bullet journal.
January Goal #2: Read 2 books on strength training.
January Goal #3: Do the strength training movements each day and record.
Quarterly Goal #3:
Relationship Goal–Plan a weekly in-house or out of the house date with Dan.
January Goal #1: Talk with Dan about weekly date goal.
January Goal #2: Brainstorm ideas for dates.
January Goal #3: Plan and schedule January dates.
Quarterly Goal #4:
Professional Goal–Get two months ahead on blog posts.
January Goal #1: Write the Ancient Faith Women’s Retreat post that I owe Melinda.
January Goal #2: Make an editorial calendar (list of blog posts) for the first quarter.
January Goal #3: Write 3-4 blog posts per week.
As you can see, many of these goals are quite simple, but they are the building blocks necessary to reach my Quarterly Goals. I am happy to say that I have already crossed several of them off!
Do you set goals for yourself? What is your system?
Pro Tip: I get a lot of the ideas on goal-setting that I use from Laura Vanderkam. She is an author and speaker who has a fabulous website and podcast. I also have appreciated her books 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and Off the Clock. Be sure to check them out if you are interested in time management or goal-setting.
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