My Goals for 2017 and How I set them

I know you guys probably have your goals set for the upcoming year but I thought I’d share what I did this year to help ensure that my goals for 2017 aren’t just resolutions that get forgotten 2 weeks later.

I ain’t gon’ lie, I’ve been blogging almost 10 years now and I have never really been able to keep up with my New Year goals. Once February 1 arrives, I don’t even think I think twice about my goals. I guess that’s just because I’m more of a go with the flow person. I say that I’m going to change every year, but I don’t put in the effort or put in the investment to keep me interested in them. But this year, I’m determined to stick to it.With all the things that happened in my personal life 2016, one thing I took away is that life only happens once. Once a second passes you can’t take it back, and time is the most valuable thing we possess. TIME. Time allows us to make memories that we will always carry with us, to share laughs, love, and tears with other people, and to put our stamp on the world for the better. It is true, the best things in life are free. I’ve always wanted every second I live to have purpose toward my goals. I want to be the best version of myself I can be, and live the life that God wants for me. But with a new outlook on life, I want this more than anything I’ve ever wanted.

Being that my word for 2017 is FORWARD I spent time doing lots of research to find apps, planners, and other productivity tools that would help me keep on the prize all throughout the year. I’m going to be sharing you how I set up my apps to keep my goals on the forefront when I get back from vacation. So I sat down and wrote the most important aspects of my life. 

From there, I set different goals for different aspects of my life.

  1. Health and Fitness: Have a more happy mindset, make my health, fitness, and wellbeing a top priority
  2. Work: Too many goals to name here, but I set goals for each of my businesses and projects
  3. Home: Work on at least 1 major home improvement project, get my household more organized
  4. Personal: Find an accountability partner, do more things that give me joy, grow my faith
  5. Finance: Save $10,000, create a stricter household budget

From there, I break down those goals into monthly, weekly, and daily goals. I use Evernote to keep my goals, long term projects, and things to read in order. Then I use the Todoist app to help me with my short term projects and break down my goals into manageable tasks.

The main thing to take away is don’t waste your time on coming up with every single thing you need to get done. Even 1 year is a short amount of time when you think about it. Don’t let the weight of the new year put pressure on you in a way that hinders your own success. Think about what you can realistically get done in a year, and stick to it. Even if that means just 1 goal, so be it. You don’t need to change anything and everything about yourself in a year. Do what you can handle and go from there. Good luck to all of us this upcoming year! May the Lord bring us everything He has in store for us so that we may live out our purpose.


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