I like to think that I’m not a resolution person, but I think it’s just semantics. I don’t want to say that I make resolutions because that’s what you’re “supposed” to do and that’s what everyone does. If there are two things that I’m not fond of, it’s doing what you’re “supposed” to do and doing what everyone else does.
Whatever you want to call it, planning ahead is never a bad thing.
Each year, my husband and I sit down and think through things that we’d like to accomplish over the next year. Individually, as a couple, as a family, in our home, in our spiritual lives and in our professions.
Annual Goal Planning
1. Identify Accomplishments
Think through the previous 365 and highlight what worked. What worked really well and how you and your family are better for it.
This not only starts you off with the right attitude, but it also gives you a springboard for where to start for the upcoming year.
2. Identify Pain Points
When you step back and take a look at your life, what needs to change? Don’t say everything.
You can start with everything, but then list what “everything” includes.
3. Turn Those Accomplishments & Pain Points into SMART Goals
SMART goals are a business tool, but using this acronym to establish goals in your personal life can be the difference between accomplishing those goals and wishing that you had.
SMART Goals are:
Each goal that you make should be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Timely. Using those parameters, look at your list of accomplishments and pain points and choose which of those become your goals for the upcoming year.
Use these free printables (Accomplishments & Pain Points and Goals) and keep them in a place where you see them often.
I keep our goals in the front pocket of my planner so that I have easy access to it and can check periodically to see what progress we’ve made or are making.
What do you find to be the hardest part of achieving the goals that you set? How would writing them down and keeping them visible help?