Goals + resolutions are great. Without goals, many of us would never move forward. So why is it that so many people fail at achieving their New Year’s Resolution? I can’t think of one I’ve *really* kept. That’s why last year, I forsake the big yearly goal + went with monthly ones. I choose a few different categories + set up a goal for each. I got the idea from my fabulous photographer friend, Chelsea Laine Francis (she is amazing – seriously in you need photos in Austin, hit her up). As a compulsive list maker, I HAVE to check things off. One of my struggles with a big lofty goal is home long it takes to tick off any progress. Breaking my big goal into 12 little ones make much more sense for me and how my brain works.
But just like my New Year’s resolutions, slowly but surely I lost my steam to achieve my monthly goals. Some of them I kept good one, like my goal of learning random trivia, but others like drinking more water, not so much. As I sit back this new year + ponder this reality, I had an epiphany. Monthly goals are great for short-term action items, but how many things can really be accomplished in just 30 days? That’s why in 2018, I’ll be making goals quarterly. From my personal life to my career, to this blog, I’ll be breaking down my goals in a way that allows for short-term success as well as gives me the time needed to larger changes.
- Finance goals: Refill my emergency fund, save for trips, and pay off half of my credit card balance. This requires hard budgeting on my part, something I have never really done. I can’t go to Target every week if I want to travel more this year. I’ve already got plans to mark three cities off this list. New Year’s lofty goals: save $5,000, travel more, and reduce debt.
- Knowledge goals: Read four books, refresh what I’ve already learned of Italian, and continue monthly trivia goals. I’ve already knocked one book off my list. I’m listening to one on Audible + reading another at night. Hopefully, this goal will be easy to knock out. My trivia goals for this quarter will be to review everything I learned last year. I’ll add in new information next quarter. The same goes for learning Italian. It’s time to dust off that I may have forgotten. New Year’s lofty goals: read more + continue learning.
- Health goals: Drink 96 ounces of water per day, wake up 30 minutes early, and go 32 miles. That’s 12 cups for those keeping score at home. 80 of those ounces should be consumed before 8PM, luckily I have a huge new water bottle from work that makes this goal manageable. I plan to incorporate various workouts this quarter, but for cardio, I want to walk, run, elliptical at least 32 miles – the distance between work + home. I hope many of these miles will be completed in the morning, helping me make better use of my day. New Year’s lofty goals: drink more water, make the most of my morning, and exercise more.
- Career goals: Join a professional organization + put on a lunch + learn. I started a new job a couple months ago that puts me more in the realm of a strategist than a daily content manager. I would love to branch out more into marketing in general (vs. just social media) and join an organization like the American Marketing Association. I’d also like to host an informational event for my coworkers to let them know all the tools I can offer them as the resident digital expert. New Year’s lofty goals: build a network in Memphis + grow professionally.
- Blog goals: Get published + increase traffic by 50%. These are some lofty blog goals, but I am excited to put them into action. With my new site, I would like to expand my audience by being featured in another publication. I already have a few publications + article topics in mind. Fingers crossed for me! I also want to increase my blog traffic significantly from last year. Hopefully, being published will help, along with some other tactics. New Year’s lofty goals: grow The Ways of K.
- Personal life goals: Find a cause I am passionate about + start learning calligraphy. I’m reading the Year of Yes for my work book club + it makes me want to start taking on new challenges. One of these challenges will be learning a new hobby. The other will be to volunteer either my time or my talents with a cause that means something to the community. If I’m going to learn to love my new city, I have to learn how to make it even better. New Year’s lofty goals: get new hobbies + volunteer.
Of course, these aren’t reflective of all my New Year’s resolutions, but there are the areas I am ready to kick into high gear during the first three months of 2018. I’ll be back at the end of March to report my progress + plan for Q2! What are your goals for 2018?