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2020 is coming to an end

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

Similar to what I do every year, as the year comes to an end, I will review my goals, activities, and to-dos for the year. This year is not like any other. This year has shown me the worst of myself but also the best.

To focus on the best, I have learned that I am genuinely happy spending as much time as I can with my family. Because of that, Family is the focus area for next years' goals. I will set goals that will allow me to spend more time with my family and care for myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

I have been reading about how to do goal setting for the new year. I took what I learned and created a list of steps to follow for goal setting.

1. Find the list of goals you set for 2020 (if you have it).

2. Celebrate what you accomplished! (Any amount of progress against your goals is AWESOME; especially in 2020) Pat yourself on the back!

3. Review the goals and decide which goals you want to roll over into your New Year goals list.

4. Think about goals, activities, wishes, dreams, or items to add to your list.

• Brainstorm about what makes you happy, what would make things easier for you, etc.

5. Categorize the goals into areas to help you figure out which area of your life you should focus on.

• My area is of focus is Family. Start by identifying goals for each persona. I am a mom and a wife so I might have a goal that says "As a mom and wife, I will carve out one day a week to enjoy uninterrupted, outdoor time at the lake or park with my little family..." I am also a sister and daughter so I might have a goal that says, "As a daughter and sister, I will call my parents every day to get face time and to check in on them." (I do this already, so this is not a focus, stretch goal for me).

6. Pick three to five goals max for the year. Many more than that and you will lose focus.

7. Make S.M.A.R.T. goals. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Timely.

• For example, to spend more uninterrupted time with my little family (husband and daughter) "... I will schedule one activity per week, for a minimum of 52 outdoor activities."

• Is this goal, Specific? Yes. Measurable? Yes. Attainable? Yes. Relevant? Yes. Timely? Yes.

• If I had a weight loss goal to lose 10 pounds. The goal might read “As a health advocate, I will lose one pound a month for the next 10 months.” That is a S.M.A.R.T. goal. You get the idea. (Side note - I actually do not have a weight loss goal in 2021. I am breastfeeding so I need all the calories I can get!)

• Try not to make all your goals complete at the same time of the year. If needed, make them smaller goals you can meet in less time. This will allow you to prioritize your goals and boost your confidence when you check a goal off your list midway through the year!

8. Break the goals down into three to five tasks each.

• Figure out - what do you have to do to meet those goals? Do not worry about making the tasks too granular, you can break them down even further later.

• For example, to have uninterrupted outdoor time with my family, I must first schedule a day every week where I can plan that activity, block my calendar for it, etc. Sunday evenings are usually when I plan the week, so that may be the best day for me to plan and schedule our outings.

9. Have fun with it. Make a vision board!

• Take pictures or cut out pictures or words from newspapers. Etc. that capture your goals, dreams, and wishes for the year. (You can do this on your computer too and print out the board on a regular sheet of paper.) I have never done this before and I am looking forward to it!

10. Place the board somewhere you will look at regularly. Seeing the vision containing your goals, dreams, wishes, etc. will help you stay focused on the goals you have set throughout the year.

I hope these ten steps can help you set your goals and intentions for the new year too.

Make it a GREAT year!

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