Ready Or Not….Here Comes 2017!
Just days away from 2017, have you started planning your goals yet? Now that the gifts have been opened and the decorations are neatly stored, many of us begin to reflect on the year that has passed. Seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in the new year of 2016 no?
I swear when we were kids the year seemed to take forever to get through but now, the days seem to fly. As I reflect on the goals I had set, I realize that there's a lot to improve on. I wasn't as active in some categories as I was in others and I'd like to change that. I'm okay with not fully achieving some of the goals as things changed for me during the year but for other things, like volunteering, I want to ensure that I hit those during 2017.
How do I plan exactly?
That's a great question and many get stumped or look for the perfect way that they never begin. Don't let that be you, you got this! Everyone has a different method that works for their lifestyle and goals. I'll share with you a few things that I did to get your ideas flowing, or heck, you can copy what I did too 🙂 When I look back, there are two things that worked well for me that I plan to keep in my 2017 goal planning and there's one thing that didn't.
Picking categories of focus
Picking categories to develop goals for really helped me focus on areas I wanted to improve. For 2016 I chose 7 areas to work on and within each of the categories I listed at least 2-3 goals to work on:
- Helping Others
Some examples that I picked were becoming a better listener, hunting for garnets and walking the stairs without getting winded. If you're just getting started, 7 can seem like a lot but you can pick as little or as much as you want! 🙂 Totally change it up if you like, it's your year! Self reflect and get creative so you can end the upcoming year feeling accomplished and better than this year.
GWIF? What does that mean?
What worked next, and is my favorite concept when planning goals, is using something I developed that goes beyond the goal. Shortly known as “GWIF”, it's simply put as listing a goal and then including 3 definers to help the goal hit home. The acronym stands for:
- G=Goal, list out your goal.
- W=Why, why do you want to achieve this goal?
- I=Improve, what will this goal improve?
- F=Feeling, what feeling will you have when you achieve this goal?
One of the ever-popular goals for the new year is “losing 20 pounds”, or any amount of weight for that matter. The next 3 definers as I call them will really help you define the goal
- Goal=Lose 20 pounds
- Why=Why do you want to lose 20 pounds?
- The why can be a hard one because the real why is usually deeper than one wants to dig, but it's worth it. Usually a surface level “because I feel fat” reason is given.
- This year I challenge you to reflect on that and think why you really picked that number and why losing weight versus toning your body is what you chose.
- Improve=What will improve if you lose 20 pounds and I mean really think on what it will improve for you.
- Perhaps your weight loss will improve your cholesterol levels thus removing you from your monthly medications? That's a definite improvement!
- How about saving money with additional food costs that you will no longer crave with a healthier eating plan? Saving money is great too!
- Feeling=How will you feel when you've lost the 20 pounds?
- Proud, excited, on top of the world?
- Would you feel better looking in the mirror each day?
- How about feeling like an inspiration to your loved ones?
- What do those feelings feel like? Happy, excited, invigorating?
As you can see this is a simple 4-step process but it truly helps define the reality of the goal and why you want to achieve it.
What didn't work?
Broad goals without time frames or deadlines
Something that didn't work for me as I look back was making broad goals and not further defining them with time frames. Paying off my credit card debt of $1,777.36 was a goal I had but I didn't place it into a timeline. If I had, I would have been more aware of how and when it was getting paid down. Without a clear deadline , I didn't have a visual to know when I could start celebrating (which is big for me).
While I had these goals hanging on my wall (check out my FB live here), it still wasn't enough drive for me. What was my biggest downfall? Procrastination, where are my procrastinators at? Don't worry, it happens to the best of us 😉 But as you all know, if you don't have a set time to complete something, chances are, you'll procrastinate…..I mean we do have ALL year right? Lol
Setting deadlines and a clear time line will definitely be improved for 2017's goals.
New plan, will this work?
Of course after reflecting on the past year, I headed to the infamous “Google Search” looking for new ideas for planning my goals. There is a lot of information out there as you might have found! I received one suggestion from my sister and after looking it up, I fell in love….I mean LOVE!
What I found was the bullet journal and habit tracker. Why did I not know about this 2 years ago?! I'm seriously wanting to track everything now! Lol If you have no idea what these are or want a refresher, you can check out these great blogs here with Susanna and here at BOHO Berry. Great 101 tutorials and ideas that I'm so excited to try!
So what am I changing?
My method. Seeing my goals on the wall were inspiring yes but I didn't hit as many as I hoped to. As I mentioned I am now in love with the bullet journal/habit tracker format and should have my notebook in the mail tomorrow (I <3 notebooks!) 😀 so I'll be moving to that for this coming year.
Within this system I will be using the Level 10 life tracker for all of the categories above but I'll be able to evaluate my life and reflect on each one every month. Versus looking at the wall and not seeing where I'm getting with my goals, I can log the time frames, and fill in each bar graph too which will help me feel accomplished.
In addition, I think adding the letter “D” to “GWIF” will help further define the goals. What does the D stand for? DO….what will I DO to accomplish this goal? In the pay off my CC debt example, if I list “I will put $40 every pay period towards the bill even when it's not due” then that will help me stay on task and know that by Dec. 2017 I will have achieved my goal. Saying you want to lose 20 pounds is great but what will you do exactly to achieve this?
Well, there you have it….my reflection and ideas for planning in 2017! So now I ask you, what ideas do you have? Comment below with your top reflections or tips, I'd love to hear them!
Until we meet again, may you all have a prosperous new year! Carrie B =)