These are my 2017 goals in various areas of life. for several years now, I’ve been posting my goals here for public accountability. Last year, I was negligent in posting updates. I promise to do better this time!
(Note: my first 2017 goals update, for February, is here. The second, in April, is here.)
January 1 is an arbitrary time to set goals, and I don’t do “resolutions”. But, I find there is an advantage to setting goals at the start of a new year: it’s helped me avoid winter blues because I get excited about reaching my objectives.
Here are my goals for 2017.
Personal and Spiritual
Get back to daily French practice. Once homeschooling started this year, I slacked here. Boo! (This is a perfect example of a non-essential, non-urgent activity that is so easy to push aside.)
A few things that are working: I bought earbuds to take to work with me each morning. For a month now, I have been listening to French podcasts while I work. Even if I do nothing else all day, I’ve immersed myself in high-quality French for a couple of hours. I also started working with an actual textbook. Writing is helpful, and will probably help with my spelling.
Stretch for 5 minutes every day. I’ve noticed that I’m getting stiffer, and after I lift weights especially, my hamstrings feel like they’re going to snap. No good! This habit has been pretty easy to implement. It feels great and is self-motivating.
It helps that I have a pretty adorable stretching accountability partner.
Do a girls’ night at least 4 times. I’m an introvert, and social events really wear me out, but I still need to do them.
Habits I want to continue in this area:
Moving my body every day: walking, biking, and lifting weights. I need to add stretching here too, because I find that I’m becoming stiffer as I get older. To make this easier, I have a simple activity tracker in my Bullet Journal. Putting a simple check mark in it every day is surprisingly rewarding.
Reading the Bible every day. I do this every morning with the kiddos before school. Two birds, one stone.
Family & Relationships
Implement a family fun hour each week. Again, as the bigs get bigger, I find it harder and harder for us to do activities as a family. I miss that! There is literally only one night that we’re all home, so we set aside an hour that day after supper to just play games, talk, make popcorn and cocoa, etc.
Restrict social media use to business hours. I try to limit the time I spend on my phone around the kids. I want to set a good example and not be distracted, so I removed the social media apps and Gmail from my phone (except Instagram, because you can’t update it online).
I’ve been using the Tailwind plugin to schedule updates for Pinterest and Twitter, and I love it. And I created a time slot for social media at the end of my work time and will stick to only checking it then.
Make a daily to-do list for non-business activities
Not exactly earth-shattering, but my life is much happier when I operate this way. People think of me as a very self-disciplined person, but the truth is, I’m not self-disciplined so much as obedient. In other words, I understand the elephant and the rider, and make sure the rider is in charge!
I always have a list of objectives when I sit down to the computer to keep me on task, but I’ve been forgetting to make a to-do list for other things. Having a to-do list means I do the things I want to do (as odd as that sounds!), the things that lead to lasting happiness.
Re-implement Screen Sabbath.
We used to do this and somehow forgot about it last year. We had a family meeting and decided that Saturdays will be our screen-free day each week.
Do a weekly “facial hour” with my big girls.
As a recovering low maintenance gal, I decided to start doing a weekly spa hour with my big girls, who loooove this kind of thing. So I get bonding time with them and (hopefully) a luminous glow. I put some fancy-pants organic peeling face mask on my Grove order to facilitate this.
Habits to continue in this area:
Hug each of my kids at least once a day. The little ones are all over me and get their need for touch met easily. But I find that as the big ones get older, they aren’t as affectionate, and I don’t touch them as much. This isn’t good, however, so I created this goal for myself a couple of years ago to remind me that they need touch too and have stuck with it.
Interestingly, one of my children got upset with me the other day because he lost something expensive and important to him and said that “a hug would’ve been nice“. Which was funny, because I did remember hugging him – twice, even. But he couldn’t recall it, which means I probably need to do that more. (Kids, even good kids, are egocentric and sometimes blame a parent for things that they’re not responsible for. My son could have chosen to hug me, but he didn’t, and instead blamed me. When I forget this fact, I can easily get my feelings hurt. But I digress.)
Financial & Business
Read 17 books on personal finance. Why am I doing this? Because I have been ignorant of the principles of good money management for too long. I’m 41 and I’m not growing any younger. I want to set a good example for my kids and change my legacy. I’m about 5 down, 12 to go at the moment. I’ll update the page every month: 17 books on personal finance in 2017.
Increase the pageviews on this site by 400%.
I want to publish at least three times a week on this site, twice a week on my other blog, send the newsletters weekly, as well as guest blogging somewhere at least once a month. I did well with publishing content last year, but was not consistent with sending newsletters.
Recently, I completed Crystal Paine’s Blogging Coaching class and by implementing her advice, I’m already seeing big results. There was a time I earned a full-time income from my business, and my goal is to get back there.
Go to a live blogging conference. Not sure which one yet. Definitely Exposure & Profit, because it’s longtime bloggy friend Kelly McCausey’s baby, several other bloggers I know will be there, and also because it’s in Atlanta. Kind of a no-brainer! I would like to do another one that involves travel and an overnight hotel stay. I’ll bring along hubby (to babysit!) and the baby. Should be fun.
Buy a house! This is more of a to-do, not a goal really. We’re looking at houses right now and will move by March. But still, it’s a pretty huge thing for us, so I list it here. Another related goal is to decorate the new house. 2016 was the year of savings, 2017 will be about intentional spending (and investing). (Be prepared to read my tales of struggle in this area! Decorating is so very difficult for me…)
Habits to continue in this area:
I work 6 days a week at dark-thirty in the morning. That was my best change in 2016.
What are your goals for 2017?