I have to be honest with y’all, New Years Eve is not my favorite of holidays. There’s something about it that I find oddly sad. However, I love planning for the new year. Setting goals to challenge myself to be better is really invigorating. So instead of gearing up for a big NYE party ( my evening is usually spent with loved ones at home ) over the last few weeks I’ve been diving head first into planning for 2014.
I’ve been evaluating the blog, the business, and even my personal life and brainstorming on how I can make things better, more me, and in general better myself and personal life. All of that evaluating and planning is so exciting to me because of all of the possibilities that come with a new year. I mean, seriously y’all, you can do whatever you want in the new year. How. Freaking. Cool.
As I’ve been evaluating I’ve also been making plans. I’ve talked about some those plans for the blog a little bit already last month ( um, that’s crazy to say ). So sticking to my word I wanted to start 2014 off with a bang and a big freebie that will help you set goals and reach those goals this year!
While I was working on my own goals, I created these two worksheets – a goal sheet for the year, and another that can be used each month. Let’s talk about the year sheet:
goals for 2014 This isn’t another sheet for your resolutions. No, see I think resolutions are ( mostly ) pointless. The number one on most of our lists is either to work out more or to eat healthier. Well, if y’all are anything like me by the second week of January those are already blown. Instead, I think it’s smart to evaluate your previous year, what you want to do better ( or different ) and set real, attainable goals for the year ahead. These should be big, but not so big that you know you won’t be able to achieve them. However, you should challenge yourself. Think about your lifelong dreams, try to consider what you need to do to begin following those and start making that happen. Also, don’t forget goals for your personal life. Those are incredibly important, as well.
Some of my goals for 2014:
- To use my contract with every design client ( aka practice what I preach )
- Keeping better track of business related expenses ( more on that later this month )
- Set and follow through with better work / life boundaries
- Share more business + blogging related tips on the blog ( and newsletter )
- More “us” time
goals for the month This sheet is to help you get moving and start working on reaching your goals. This is broke down so that you can focus on one or two goals per month, set tasks to do within the goal as well as due dates. I also included a notes section for brainstorming, extra ideas, or doodling! Setting goals is great, without them we’d probably get nowhere. However, not following through on them is really disappointing. That’s why there is room for tasks, so you can do what you gotta do to get shiz done and reach those goals. Side note: no matter the goal or amount of tasks, it’s a great idea to keep this sheet with you in a spot you’ll see every day ( your workspace, maybe? ) to help you remember what you’re working towards and what needs to be done.
My main goal for January: Share more business + blogging related tips on the blog ( and newsletter )
Tasks within that goal:
Write goal sheet post + newsletter
- Create and share an updated small business resource list