Do you write out your goals? For me writing out my goals is as natural as breathing. It’s something that I just have to do. It’s my plan for the year. I thought I would share with you my goals and accomplishments so far for 2013.
They break down into five main categories:
- Personal growth
So let’s get into each of these categories with the goals and how I am doing.
Physical: I eliminated all fast food in January. Then my birthday happened in February and all the eating out took this goal completely off the tracks! So I am back to no fast food starting this weekend for another 30 days. I also started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. Again, I was doing good until my birthday and also had small injury so it’s back to day 1 with Jillian (and yes, I tend to yell at her while doing the exercises!). My meal planning has been a bit better over all for the first quarter but I need to get better. Sundays are the day I plan out the week’s meals and make a least one large meal for workday leftovers. Then one night (usually Monday or Tuesday) I make another larger meal for leftovers. And my last goal in this category is a monthly massage. Now this one I seem to be able to do each month…hmmmm….
Personal/Fun: I have rented a cottage on a lake a few hours from my home for a three week sabbatical in May. I rented this same cottage last year and it was one of the best things I have ever done. I am able to “unplug” or mostly unplug for three wonderful weeks. I will have several friends and family coming to visit during my stay so I am working on that schedule. Also I am looking to book a flight out to Seattle to visit a friend who moved last summer. Monthly or bimonthly movies with my dad is on my list. I took him to see Les Miserables at the beginning of the year and need to get another “date with dad” scheduled. And finally, I’m looking for a fun summer concert to go to or maybe just a night in my local downtown when they do their summer free concerts in the park.
Financial: The following goals have been the same for a few years….I need to really get serious in this area. I wrote up a spending plan at the beginning of January and need to review my actual vs budget numbers for the first quarter. I have put together a long term plan for reducing debt. And I want to increase my 401k contribution to 13% (currently at 7%) by the end of the year.
Business/work: I asked and have received the ok to attend two conferences in September. I am meeting once a month with one of the owners for our “Beer Summit” – this is a way for him to mentor me and I am able to give him feedback on our teams and help guide him to better use our processes (hence the need to meet at the local watering hole for a beverage).
Blogging/writing: Set up blog with Katie and Chanyn – check! Write daily – that one has been harder to have the discipline to do each day/week. It’s a work in progress! Read daily. That one is easy since I love to read and have a wide range of blogs I follow and a huge stack of books on my nightstand. I want to work on the book I want to write while I am on sabbatical in May. I have a tentative outline but need the quiet and undisturbed time while I am at the cottage to get serious about writing it.
So there it is – all my 2013 goals written out in black and white! Now not only am I accountable to Katie and Chanyn but also to all of you reading this!
What are your goals for this year? What have you accomplished so far? Please take a moment and share your accomplishments in the comments section. Let’s all celebrate each others victories!
For whatever the mind can conceive and belieive, the mind can achieve. Napolean Hill