This past week I have really been putting my head down to complete my list of goals and aspirations for the New Year. I found once I got going, it was pretty easy to find one or two goals in each area I want to accomplish in 2016. In the same manner, I had to keep reminding myself not to get too carried away and keep the list of goals somewhat short. After all, they need to be practical so I can actually achieve them within the year. It also helped to write down short-term goals (ones that could be completed each day, week, or month) that could help pull off my ultimate, year-long goals.
Here’s three of my personal goals for 2016 keeping the S.M.A.R.T.Y. acronym in mind:
- Physical Goal: Walk 70,000 steps each week (~10,000 steps/day) by wearing my FitBit activity tracker and exercising at least 60 minutes five times per week. Ultimate walking goal for 2016: walk 3,640,000 steps in one year! To achieve this ultimate step goal, it is extremely important for me to set attainable daily and weekly goals so that I can track my progress throughout the year. Also, the goal of “70,000 steps per week” allows for flexibility on a day-to-day basis instead of “I have to walk 10,000 steps each day.” This accounts for those days where I sit all day driving to Iowa or am curled up on the couch with the stomach bug. In addition, I like the idea of having the overall goal so physical activity continues to be a priority all year long.
- Intellectual Goal: Read at least 2 books per month (at least 1 being nonfiction) for a total of 24 books read by December 31, 2016. I chose this one because somewhere between the required readings in college and limited alone-time as a new mom, I lost my love for reading for the sake of reading. “Two books per month” is what I decided as a minimum so I don’t get too overwhelmed by this goal, but I can always increase my goal next year if it is too easy. I’ll update you on my progress down the road so all of you can keep me accountable! And, be sure to let me know of any “must-reads” so I can add them to my reading list!
- Spiritual Goal: Have 50 select bible verses committed to memory by December 31, 2016 by reflecting on and learning one bible verse each week. This goal is personally important to me to ensure my focus is on Christ in 2016. The bible verses I’m planning to memorize are from a list compiled by Sheila Wray Gregoire, the author and blogger at To Love, Honor, and Vacuum. Feel free to join me on this goal as I send out updates each week on my Facebook page. (See update on this goal.)
So there you have it, three of my goals for 2016! I hope you have enjoyed looking at goal setting over the past week and have found inspiration to write some of your own goals for the year.
Let’s continue the discussion!What advice would you give to others who are beginning to write goals? What works for you when setting goals or resolutions? What doesn’t? Let me know in the comment section below!