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 in January, 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:
March 2019 Goals
Quarterly Goal #1:
Spiritual Goal–Reserve one day per week for rest and spiritual refreshment.
March Goal #1: Block out days of rest on my calendar.
March Goal #2: Go on a walk by myself once this month.
March Goal #3: Attend a church service by myself once this month.
Quarterly Goal #2:
Personal Goal–Start a movement routine and track my progress.
March Goal #1:Engage in movement (exercise) at least three times a week for 30 minutes each time.
March Goal #2: Find a Pilates video that I like online.
March #3: Run 2 miles at least once.
Quarterly Goal #3:
Relationship Goal–Plan a weekly in-house or out of the house date with Dan.
March Goal #1: Go on an out-of-the-house date night to a restaurant.
March Goal #2: Find a new show that we like to watch together. (Since we have finished watching the episodes of The Good Place that are on Netflix…..)
March Goal #3: Have another couple over for dinner or games.
Quarterly Goal #4:
Professional Goal–Get two months ahead on blog posts.
March Goal #1: Make an editorial calendar (list of blog posts) for Lent.
March Goal #2: Write and schedule all blog posts for Lent and Holy Week.
March Goal #3: Reach out to other writers asking them to write guest posts.
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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