My goals for 2019 and how to successfully set them
Nothing that seems so logical, but for most of us isn’t. We don’t set goals. At least that’s the thing I discovered for myself in the last year. I continued from one year to another and from one life period to the next without thinking about what I want to achieve during that time or what is important to me at all.
I am not saying that you have to be overly controlling about every aspect of your life, but thinking about a new year, it may be reasonable to also figure out what you were happy with last year and what you would like to change.
A few days before the New Year’s Eve, we sat down at the café with A. and took the 2019 planner from Christina Galbato, which also had a look back at 2018. I’ll put you here as a link that you can print out if you’re interested. There is also a useful comments between the questions that help to reflect upon your answers and understand why these questions have been asked and how they should be taken into account. I am also going to be listing the questions for those who do not bother to download the PDF file, but maybe find 10 minutes to think about them quickly (you will find them under the post).
While Christina’s planner is the ideal way to think about the following months, what’s the benefit of it if not knowing how to set goals. Talking about setting goals, how do you do it without disappointing yourself at the end of each month for not reaching them yet again? It is important that they are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based, otherwise you will not be able to decide whether they were met. Peter Drucker’s SMART helps ensure that the goals you set are concrete and reachable.
What do I want to accomplish? Why is this goal important? Who is involved? Where is it located? Which resources or limits are involved?
How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?
How can I accomplish this goal? How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints, such as financial factors?
A relevant goal can answer “yes” to these questions: Does this seem worthwhile? Is this the right time? Does this match our other efforts/needs? Am I the right person to reach this goal? Is it applicable in the current socio-economic environment?
A time-bound goal will usually answer these questions: When? What can I do six months from now? What can I do six weeks from now? What can I do today?
In which areas to set your goals? I’ll give you some ideas and write down what goals I have set myself.
1. Financial goals
- Create at least two or three sources of income for myself, not to be dependent on just one
- Save 20% on monthly income
2. Career / business
- Post weekly in my blog and invest in its content
- Practice photography in a professional way
- Plan some cool trip/experience in the second half of the year
- Publish a new blog design in January
3. Leisure time / family
- Find the moment I devote to my family every week
- Find a new group of friends at Liége
4. Health / appearance
- Work out 2x a week to have more energy and feel good in my body
- Drink 2l of water every day
- Eat 80% of time healthy meals
- Reduce meat consumption to four days a week
- Do something memorable with A. every week (not just Netflix and dinner)
- Learn French at least 30 minutes twice a week
- Develop my photographic skills by researching and practising
- Read at least 6 books a year
- Continue using Bullet Journal
Here are the questions of the Christina Galbato’s planner. However, I recommend that you print them out in PDF format, fill in, and then review after a while that you are on the right track or if some goals have already been met.
2018: Looking back
WHAT DID YOU ACHIEVE THIS YEAR THAT YOU’RE PROUD OF?
WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU HOPED TO ACHIEVE IN 2018 AND DIDN’T?
WHY DIDN’T YOU ACHIEVE THOSE THINGS? (PS – BE KIND TO YOURSELF HERE)
2019: Your personal life
WHO ARE THE CLOSEST PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE? WHAT DO YOU <3 ABOUT THEM?
ANYONE IN YOUR LIFE WHO MAKES YOU FEEL NEGATIVELY? WHY?
WHAT RELATIONSHIPS DO YOU WANT TO IMPROVE UPON AND HOW?
ANY VACATION GOALS FOR 2019?
2019: your mindset
WHAT ARE 3 PHYSICAL AND 3 NON-PHYSICAL THINGS YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF?
WHAT WILL YOU DO THIS YEAR TO BETTER PRACTICE SELF-CARE? HOW DID YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOURSELF EVOLVE OVER THE YEAR 2018?
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT EVOLVE IN 2019?
2019: your business
WHAT 3 – 5 BIG THINGS DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE WITH YOUR BIZ THIS YEAR?
HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU WANT TO MAKE? NAME YOUR FIGURE.
HOW WILL YOU HIT THAT INCOME GOAL? As you answer this question, think about all of the income streams you currently have or want to develop next year. What do you need to achieve in each and what do you need to make in each in order to hit your goal figure?
THINK ABOUT YOUR GOALS AND A TIMELINE FOR THEM. Next to those 3 – 5 goals write down all of the steps you need to take to complete that goal.