2018 Goal Setting

Posted by Katy Weade

They say the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, but the second best time is TODAY! Still having trouble setting goals for 2018 or already feeling off track? Kick off the second week of January with a candid conversation about getting started

Hey Goal Getters!

Happy Monday, everyone! I wanted to touch base since we are now officially in the second week of the year. By now you may already be crushing your New Year's Resolutions and goals. If you are, go you! There may also be a chance that you haven't even decided on goals... Or, maybe you have, but you've already fallen off the bandwagon. If you fall into either of those two categories then this is for you.

I just wanted to say that you don't have to start making changes on the first of the year, or even on a Monday. Just because we have now cruised into 2018 it doesn't mean you've missed the boat. You can start working towards your goals TODAY! If you happen to be reading this on a Tuesday or Wednesday you can still start today. I feel like I'm always saying "I'll start (eating better) (working out) (my new planner) (insert whatever you need to do here) on Monday" and then Monday passes and it feels like it's too late. Right now I am giving myself and YOU permission to start whenever you're ready, regardless of the New Year or new week. Now the question is HOW to get started. I thought I'd share some of the tools I'm using to set goals for 2018 in the hopes it could help somebody else.

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Before Setting Goals

Before you start setting goals I think it is important to have somewhere to document what you want to achieve. If you document what you want to achieve you will be much more likely to do it. This could be a notebook, planner, worksheets, your notes app on your phone, other online tools, or a combination of these. Just be sure you have somewhere other than in your own mind to get your thoughts on paper. This shows intention and gives you something to go back to and keep you on track.

I have personally found that having a physical planner or notebook helps me develop plans and visualize my days, weeks, and months, while my digital calendar and a free online tool called Trello keep me on track for the day to day tasks. This year I've got my Trello Boards all set up for my daily tasks/big projects and I'll be using the Aztec Black & White Traveler's Notebook from Simple Stories as my notebook.

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Now What?

So now you've decided where you're going to document, but how are you going to get started? This is where I got stuck this year. I got my pretty notebook and thought I'd just be ready to jump right in, and guess what happened. This is how far I got.

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It's totally BLANK. That's because I was all of a sudden overwhelmed. I have my daily to-do's and on-going projects in Trello, but overall picture? Well, that's a whole different story! I haven't done the work to really know what to fill those pages with. I could just make it pretty and throw generic "resolution" type words all over the page, but something about that doesn't feel right. So, now I am ready to do the work. Hopefully you're in the same boat and want to do the work with me.

Free Printable Worksheet

So last week I was feeling overwhelmed with 2018 Goal Setting and already feeling behind as I was seeing everyone's Instagram posts, words of the year, and resolutions. That's where giving myself permission to start NOW comes in. I decided it's ok that I've been so head down and crazy busy, it's ok that I didn't have everything on paper Jan. 1. It's all ok. Then somehow I stumbled upon a free printable goal setting worksheet from Dawn Nicole. She breaks down goals into 3 main categories: Business, Personal, and Health. Then gives space for 3 goals per category. Dawn encourages you to get your goals down on paper and print it out so you can see it. This is exactly what I am going to do. Will you join me? If you do let me know in the Blitsy Insiders Facebook group and DEFINITELY let Dawn know over on her blog!

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But WHY?

I feel like there's still a step we need to discuss. Dawn Nicole covers this in her post when she discusses the basics of goal setting, but I want to lead you to yet another great worksheet I discovered! Dawn's worksheet above got us documenting our overall goals we want to achieve, but how are we going to do that and why do these goals matter? I was listening to Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger Podcast and she really got me thinking about this. She dives into how to really break your goals down so they are measurable and achievable. Her free worksheet walks you through the process of not only setting your goals, but giving them a date on the calendar, what actionable steps you'll take to achieve the goal, and even how you are going to celebrate the accomplishment once it's acheived. I will be going through this exercise for the Business, Personal, and Health goals I filled in on the first worksheet.

Who is Ready?

So who is ready to jump into goal setting with me? If you aren't ready - that is OK. There is no right or wrong day to start working towards your goals, but don't let your inner voice tell you it's too late. They say the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, but the second best time is today!

Let me know if you're "behind" like me and if you're in to get started now!

Happy Crafting,
Katy