End of the Year Review and New Year Goals

End of the Year Review and New Year Goals

Happy New Year!!

I absolutely love new starts and nothing is better than the start of a brand new year. It always gives me the sense that all my possibilities are open and I can achieve anything. This year I’ve decided to make comprehensive goals for the new year in a number of different areas. And you can, too! Please use this post to create your new year goals, which you can do at any point in the year!

End of Year Review

The beginning of a new year should always start with a review of the last. I look at it as a baseline. For me, I didn’t set any real goals at the beginning of 2017, so I can’t review them, but I can say what went well and what didn’t. I moved from Wisconsin to Washington, started my own business, live alone for the first time, and launched a blog. Even with having no goals, I got a lot done! Write down a few of the things that have gone right for you this year.

That being said, there were also some not so good things. I did have to ask my parents for money during my transition. I didn’t reach my reading goal, which was the only goal I set in 2017. And my fitness plummeted when I started working at home. Even with these negatives, they give me ideas for goals in the new year so those not so good things don’t happen again. Even though it might not be comfortable, make a list of the things that didn’t go so right this year.

Word for the Year

I picked a word for the year in 2016 and 2017 and don’t plan to stop. The basic premise is picking a word that reminds you of what you want out of the year ahead. This year I have chosen EXPLORE for my word. I want to discover new and interesting things about myself and my relationship with everything around me.

Big Goals

The next thing I do is to pick my big goals. These should be goals that are the end game. Some will go to the end of the year, some will be completed sooner, but they are the big picture. I split mine up into six categories: Family/Friends, Financial, Health, Personal, Professional, and Travel. Your goal categories will look different than mine, but be sure to not have too many. I also make sure to have no more than three big goals in each category and to vary the difficulty of my goals. Take some time to brainstorm your goals. Here are mine:

  • Friends/Family
    • Be a More Intentional Friend
  • Financial
    • Don’t Get Behind on Bills
    • Get My Own Health Insurance
  • Health
    • Increase My Step Count
    • Wash Face Regularly
  • Personal
    • Read 24 Books
    • Organize Electronic Devices
  • Professional
  • Travel

Small Goals

I am all about actionable goals, but, as you can probably see, some of these big goals are not actionable at all. This is where my small goals come in. They give me a chance to give myself a roadmap of how I will achieve my goals in the year ahead.

  • Friends/Family
    • Be a More Intentional Friend
      • Chose which friends are included
      • Some friends are contacted weekly, others monthly
  • Financial
    • Don’t Get Behind on Bills
      • Banking Once a Week
    • Get My Own Health Insurance
      • My Deadline is August, When I Turn 26
      • Start Research in May
  • Health
    • Increase My Step Count
      • Start Walking a Mile During Lunch Three Days a Week
      • Increase Daily Step Goal by 2,000 Steps Every Three Months
    • Wash Face Regularly
      • Add to My Evening Routine
  • Personal
  • Professional
    • Work 8 Hours on Weekdays
      • Work is Anything in My To Dos
      • Use a Daily, Hourly Planner
    • Finish Proofread Anywhere
      • Proofread at Least 15 Pages a Day
    • Market Blog Intentionally
      • Rework Social Media Strategy
      • Add Pinterest to Social Media
  • Travel
    • Visit Every Park in Lacey, WA
      • Make a List of All Parks
      • Visit Parks on Walks and Weekends
    • Hike Carbon River in Mt. Rainier National Park
      • Purchase Yearly Mt. Rainier Pass
    • See Puffins on the Olympic Penninsula
      • Research When They Come and Where to See
      • Plan Roadtrip to Olympic Penninsula

Future Reviews

The last thing I do after putting all my small goals into my to-do app is schedule times to review my goals. I schedule mine for every three months. I use this time to make sure that my goals are on track and see if they are still relevant. A lot can change throughout the year, and you shouldn’t be afraid to amend or disregard your goals if it’s warranted.

Goals are a really awesome to keep yourself on track and you know the best way to structure them for how you work best. I know of people who only work with quarterly goals and others who can have full five- and ten-year goals. Do what feels the most comfortable for you and play with your goals throughout the year so the most important things get accomplished. Please let me know what your goals are for the year! What is the best way for you to achieve your goals?

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