As I alluded in my previous (and, um, first) post, I’ve got several goals for 2016. This is my third year taking Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever course, and I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve always been a goal-oriented person, and have had a structured goal-setting process even prior to taking Michael’s class. I sort of thought I’d take the class once and then re-use it if I found it valuable, but I found the class so valuable the first time that I just had to get it again (and again) to see what he added/changed/clarified. It’s a huge contributor to my progress in increasing (doubling) my full-time income.
So, without further ado, here are my 2016 goals:
- Pay off Credit One card – achieved 1/16/16
- Pay off Discover card
- One kid date with each kiddo per week
- Clean one thing every day
- Eat a green thing every day
- Get 20 minutes of movement in every day
- Take 4 friend trips
- Get a tattoo
- Have 10 friend dates this year
- Earn 100% of my Q1 bonus
One thing that I love about these goals is that they’re due at different points throughout the year, so that I don’t have the option of procrastinating and then trying to shove it all in. For example, if I don’t earn my Q1 bonus by the end of Q1, well… There goes that.
I’ll admit that progress towards some of these goals has been easier than others. For example, 20 minutes of movement per day has been surprisingly easy. If I don’t take a walk during lunch, I’ll pace in front of the TV for a 20 minute long show in the evening. I feel like I don’t really have an excuse for not doing that, but I feel like the cumulative benefit of adding intentional movement into my day will be huge. Same thing with eating something green, which is also embarrassingly easy, but surprisingly simple to miss. I tend to love tomatoes, bell peppers, squash, zucchini, etc, but really miss out on my dark leafies.
On to friend dates. In college, it doesn’t really take much to make friends with folks, much less stay friends with folks. At work, same dealio – if you’re like me, you see your coworkers more than you see your family. But I miss having close friends, and I’d like to be more intentional about my friend time. Enter friend dates! Reaching out and setting a breakfast/lunch/dinner/coffee/art date is a great way to stay in touch. It’s disturbing to realize that there are some friends that I will only see once this year, but that’s the way of the world, and I want to make the most of it. And for the friends that I have the option of seeing more than once a year, I want to take advantage of that.
Getting a tattoo has been on my mental to-do list for ages, but it’s never come to fruition, so on the official goals list it goes this year. I already know exactly what I want (and the tattoos I want thereafter…), so making this happen is more a matter of scheduling than anything else.
And that’s a pretty good overview of what my year will look like, with the exception of expanding goal 2 to say, “Pay off as much debt as is freakishly possible.” What are your big goals for this year?