I have a tendancy to confuse goals with to-do lists. I’m a big list keeper (stay tuned for a look at my beloved bullet journal next week!). In the past I’ve started each year off with a long list of stuff to accomplish that would probably best fit on a to-do list rather than a goals list. See 2014 as an example.
Last year I switched to setting more of an intention for the year by choosing one little word to use as a guide for the year. I loved how that felt, so much better than bogging myself down with to-do list items. And despite the fact that I didn’t make a gigantic list, we still accomplished most of the things that would have been on it.
My one little word for 2016 is INVEST.
I want to invest in my family, invest in myself and invest in my business.
Invest in my family:
We’ve recently started having family game nights on Saturdays, in addition to our nearly decade-long tradition of pizza and a movie on Friday nights. I love this time together! Our kids are silly and delightful and we laugh so hard together. Continuing this tradition is a major item on my list this year.
Invest in myself:
I’ll be keeping up with self-care, also. I plan to read 60 books in 2016 and maintain my daily exercise, scripture study and quiet time routines. These are items that are really non-negotiable for me now so I don’t feel the need to set goals around them, but I’ll add them here, just so you know I’m doing them :).
Invest in my business:
Assessing 2015 goals:
Looking back at my 2015 goals, I am happy with how things went. Last year was all about FOCUS.
One of my goals was to have 100+ items in my Etsy shop. By the end of the year, I only made it to 84, but I feel like I gained something more important during the year than I envisioned when I set that 100 item goal. I learned what I want to spend my time creating and what works well in my shop. My focus shifted during the latter part of the year and those items are what I am planning to focus on going forward. So, while I didn’t hit my goal per se, I did gain the insight I need to focus down and make the products I’m passionate about and my customers want. I’m calling that a win.
I read 60 books last year, hitting my goal on the last day of 2015.
I did totally bomb the 52 Project goal, but after stressing out about it every week for half of the year, I was really happy to let it go. 🙂
Do you have one little word for 2016?