The week after Christmas is my favorite time of year. I would almost venture to say it’s more exciting for me than Christmas itself. That’s because I spend the entire week making elaborate New Year’s goals and plans of action.
In 2017, minimalism was my focus, and this year is only slightly different. You can check out what my minimalist goals were last year here. I didn’t accomplish as many things as I had hoped to in 2017 due to my year long battle with postpartum anxiety and depression, but I’m thankful to say these last few weeks have brought some much-needed relief. I don’t know if I’m in the clear yet, but a break over the holidays has been more than a blessing.
Let’s get into some goals for 2018!
How I Set My Goals
Now, I know all the books say to work on one habit at a time, but I just get too excited to work that slowly. For me, a new year means a chance to totally make over myself and my lifestyle. I like to dive in head first and hope that most of it sticks.
About half of my goals from 2017 rolled over to this year. As I mentioned, I just wasn’t able to make as much happen because of debilitating anxiety. But this year I’m prepared because I’ve learned how to work despite my feelings instead of letting them dictate what I’m able to accomplish. However, PLOT TWIST, a new little fella will be joining the family around the end of February, so I will probably have to start from scratch yet again when he gets here. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
Over the last couple of years, I organized my whole life into 10 color-coded categories and everything I do or plan to do is filed accordingly. For 2018, I set 3 goals per life category, plus I tacked 3 extra ones on in an “Other” category. I’ve denoted goals that rolled over from 2017 with an asterisk!
- Purge devices, apps, and online accounts, including working towards inbox zero.*
- Work ahead of schedule and write every day.*
- Perfect methods for the handbooks I’m hoping to write one day.
- Go on weekly date nights.*
- Do a Bible study as a couple.
- Work on speaking my husband’s love language.
- Plan weekly playdates.*
- Plan daily activities for Jonas to change up the routine.*
- Have weekly outings to the library, park, etc.
- FaceTime my family and best friend each week.
- Text a friend every day to keep in touch.
- Have a Girls Night Out and/or entertain friends at least once a month.*
- Organize and implement storage solutions throughout the house.*
- Work through The Complete Book of Clean.
- Have spring and fall yard sales and donate what’s left.
- Exercise daily.*
- Work towards lights out by 10:00pm and rising by 5:00am.*
- Drink 48 ounces of water per day and eat at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day.
- Save 10% of income each month.*
- Increase blog traffic and profits.
- Find more ways to save dollars.
- Plan at least one family outing per month.
- Do something I enjoy every day.
- Read 24 books.
- Have a daily early morning quiet time.
- Assemble a war binder to house all things faith.
- Practice a personal Bible study.
- Wear my newly defined style: Free-Spirited Street Grunge Minimalism.
- Learn to use and wear makeup.
- Organize my closet and file it on the Stylebook app.
- Plant a garden.
- Start practicing seasonal activities and traditions.
- Buy a new Macbook and create my own home office.
What’s To Come
Today I wanted to post the brief synopsis of my goals for 2018, but during January I’m excited to write in more detail about each one. Maybe you’ll find some new resources or inspiration for your own goals as I expand on mine!
Speaking of which, what are your goals for 2018? I would love to hear! Plans for improvement are my favorite thing to share, so feel free to leave a comment and share yours.
Happy new year!
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