3 Ways of Setting Goals for 2018

Farewell, 2017! I’m so ready for 2018. This past year has been such a roller coaster with so many changes. My life looks nothing like it did in January. These were all good changes, and it all needed to happen, but while it was happening it was somewhat painful. I learned so much about myself and what I’m made of. I embraced the changes and now I’m ready to move forward.

For 2018, I’m setting goals by making 3 types of lists. I personally find that resolutions don’t work for me, but I love me a good list, where I can cross off items. Part of these lists is driven by your word of the year. Check out, How to Choose Your Word of the Year, so you can incorporate your word of the year in your lists. 

1. 18 for 2018

This list idea comes from the Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin and Liz Kraft (Episode 147), where you list 18 things you want to accomplish, do for fun, habit changes, learning, and so on for the new year. These things should be fun, inspiring, and will bring more happiness to your life. I broke my list up into categories; health/wellness, career/side hustle, fun/whimsy. Here’s my list, in no particular order.

1. Stop using the snooze button

2. Live with intention

3. Get asthma under control

4. Meditate daily

5. Practice yoga x2 weekly

6. Stay informed with the news

7. Take a trip

8. Get more creative with cooking | maybe even bake a little

9. Play my ukulele + sing

10. Read the books I’ve accumulated this past year

11. Take Ruby out on little adventures around the city | discover new areas in the city

12. Make plans with friends more often

13. Get over 1000 Instagram followers

14. Understand my camera better | learn how to take better photos

15. Grow my blog following

16. Monetize my blog

17. Shifting money mindset

18. Take more risks

Place your list somewhere you can see every day as a reminder. You can print it and have it on your fridge door or in your planner, or have it on your desktop and even in a notes app on your iPhone or iPad.

2. Monthly Breakdown of Goals

Now take your 18 for 2018 and break it down by month. Some won’t require being included in your calendar, but for the ones that need further breakdown plot them out on your calendar. You can choose when and how often these goals are in plotted out, it has to make sense to you and be inspiring and realistic.

For example, let’s take my #10 Read the books I’ve accumulated this past year. I have 10 books that I haven’t read or completed, I’ll add them in monthly, maybe the smaller ones can be twice in a month. I know myself enough to know that I read more in the summer,  so I might add them there, and maybe nothing in the fall. Some things might be more of a weekly or monthly reminder or a one-time thing.

I’ve designed a monthly calendar where you could add in your goals. Click here for a free download. You can also use the monthly and weekly planners I designed.

3. Less | More

This list is pretty straightforward and doesn’t have to be a long one. It’s a snapshot of the things that you want less of and more of for the year. Think of it as a state of being. Here’s my list.

What’s on your 2018 goal setting list? Leave a comment below or tag me on Instagram (@stylishlytidylife)

Author: StylishlyTidyLife

Ange-line Tetrault is a designer and life curator. She started her lifestyle blog to share her love of tidying, design, and life hacks to help her readers enhance, plan and organize their life so they can live their best selves.

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