“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”
Setting goals is an integral part of creating a life we love. Ideas about our dream life continuously run through our minds, but we can never pinpoint how to get started and what items to work on first. New Year’s Resolutions are generally vague with our ideas, by January 31, our goals fall by the wayside.
To accomplish your goals, you must be very specific. Because I’m always on the hunt to improve myself, I decided to round up life categories we should all want to improve to help you get started on your goals in 2019 and beyond.
Focus on one goal from each category listed above. To avoid overwhelming yourself, refrain from setting too many goals from in each category. To help with setting goals in the categories listed above, I rounded up a bank of ideas for you to choose. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but a guide.
Creating stronger relationships should be on everyone’s list whether you’re married, have children, or single. It’s not always easy but there some simple things you can implement weekly, monthly, and daily.
- Think of TV-free activities (game night, star gaze, family game night, ).
- Go on a date night (have a date night with each kid, friend, or significant other).
- Read a book (as a couple, family, or to your kids).
- Send a note to your spouse, child, or friend telling them how much you appreciate them.
- Ask them one thing they want from you this week.
- Do something active together (painting, pottery, playing ball with your kids).
- Listen to a marriage podcast with your significant other
- Sit down for family dinners or host friends
- Give each family member, significant other, or friend 10 minutes of electronic free time.
- Pray with each other.
Taking control of your finances can certainly be overwhelming when you don’t know where to start. Meeting small financial goals will lead to accomplishing larger financial goals.
- Do a monthly overview of your finances.
- Read one personal finance book (Your New Money Mindset, Smart Couples Finish Rich, The Financial Diet).
- Create a budget.
- Track your spending.
- Tally your debt.
- Create a debt repayment plan.
- Start an emergency fund.
- Create a financial vision board.
- Review your weekly spending.
- Listen to personal finance podcast (His and Her Money, Journey to Launch, So Money).
- Sell unwanted items (Craigslist, Offer Up, and Facebook Marketplace are great ways to sell unwanted items).
- Update your budget when necessary.
- Find free entertainment in your city ( I always find great date night deals using Groupon).
- Declare no spending days.
- Pack your lunch to save money on eating out.
My relationship with God is the most important relationship that I have. For my other relationships to soar, I must keep my connection with Jesus. It can be hard for people to develop spiritual growth habits but they are necessary for us to grow closer to Him.
- Choose a bible reading plan.
- Read a book on spiritual growth (Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants, How to Study the Bible, Bible, Surrender, The Heart God Controls)
- Find an accountability partner.
- Join a church ministry.
- Attend services
- Give offerings
- Serve in ministry.
- Pray every morning.
- Read your Bible plan (I love YouVersion plans).
- Write in your journal.
- Memorize scripture.
- Write Bible
Listen, I will be the first to tell you I struggle with working out, but it is necessary to live a healthy life. Now nurturing your health involves small steps that lead to bigger steps.
- Purchase some kitchen gadgets that’ll help you create healthy meals (blender or spiralizer come to mind).
- Try a meal delivery service (Blue Apron or Hello Fresh).
- Create a healthy recipe binder.
- Quit sugar for 30 days.
- Clean out your pantry
- Decrease you eat out.
- Eliminate caffeine.
- Meal plan for the week.
- Meal prep.
- Grocery shop once per week.
- Grocery shop the perimeter of the store (most stores keep the healthiest items in this area).
- Drink eight glasses of water per day (drink one glass upon waking).
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Eat away from your computer, television, and phone.
- Keep healthy snacks in your purse.
- Track your daily steps.
To have a successful business, you must have business goals. Without them, your business will fail. You MUST make good use of your time to balance business and family.
- Attend a networking event.
- Create a business budget.
- Read one business book (Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family, Work it: Secrets for Success from the Boldest Women in Business).
- Hire a business coach.
- Organize your business files.
- Create a Trello account (I love using this for organizing my life)
- Plan your weekly schedule.
- Write one blog post.
- Listen to a business podcast (Business Boutique, Smart Passive Income, Ted Talks).
- Organize your workspace.
- Back up your files.
- Pray over your business.
- Clean out your email.
- Post on social media.
- Spend at least 30 minutes away from your desk (east lunch, go for a walk).
- Go over your daily schedule.
Othe goals you may want to set:
- Go on a one week vacation (always on my yearly goal list).
- Ask for raise at work (who couldn’t use a raise?)
- Volunteer at a shelter.
- Learn a new language.
- Invest in self-care (get a massage one a quarter).
- Decrease time spent on social media.
Remember, writing down your goals is the first step in achieving them. You must schedule a time to implement each goal. These mini-goals are just stepping stone. The progress you make is what’s most important. Setting goals allow you to live life on your terms. What are some of your monthly, weekly and daily goal tips?