How I Make My Yearly Goals

Happy New Years to all of you!

A new year is always like a fresh page, and this year especially, I am so excited for the days ahead. My heart is fairly bursting with fresh ideas, new dreams, and open doors. 

I am looking forward to sharing my 2018 goals next week, and I plan to continue posting on goals and productivity occasionally throughout the year.

I had a lot of feedback from my readers saying that you all seem to enjoy those posts. I guess it makes sense- I always love to hear about others’ goals and how they prioritize their time.  We all have the same amount of time, but there are so many ways to use that time!

Today I wanted to share just a few thoughts from my goal making progress:

1. Make your goals measurable.

This is really huge. Don’t set vague goals such as “get in shape”. You may want to get more in shape, but what does that mean to you? Set a very specific goal such as “run 12 miles per week” or “lose 10 pounds” or “workout 3 times per week”.

2. Set 10 or less goals.

Everyone is different. If you haven’t done much goal setting in the past, or if you like things to be simple, you may want to start with 2 or 3 goals. Even for a visionary or long time goal setter, more than 10 goals is going to be a lot to manage, track, and remember.

3. Take a risk!

Your goals should scare you! Don’t make goals that are all easy to achieve. I recommend having at least 1 or 2 goals that look really scary to you! As I will share next week, I have a few goals that make me quiver in my boots- in a good way! But I want it that way. If they were all easy and comfortable, it would be pointless. Most of the growth in our lives happens outside of our comfort zone.

4. Choose a mixture of goals.

I don’t want all my goals to be fitness and financial, although I definitely want to work hard in those areas. If you want to be a well rounded individual, it seems reasonable to set a variety of well-rounded goals that will help you become more of the person you want to be this year.

I would love to hear from you! Do you set goals? 

much love,


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  1. Thanks for posting this! I like setting goals too! Some goals I have for this year include: posting on my blog more regularly, reading the Bible more, and exercising+drinking more water. : )
    God bless!

  2. Happy New Year Allison!! I’m so excited for this new year! A few of my resolutions are to journal alot more this year, keeps me on track and keeps all my progress 🙂 and to be a better sister, to listen more, and help wherever I can.

  3. I love setting goals! It’s rewarding when their achieved especially the ones that you only ever dreamed would happen, but with time and effort dreams come true! I’m looking forward to reading your goals. 🙂

  4. I made a goal list this year. I posted a list of goals on my blog, and I came to 9… Definitely no room for anything else! I usually have way too many goals, but this time I made sure it was (somewhat…) more realistic!
    I tried to make sure I put some challenging things on there, but I also made sure that I put on things that weren’t necessarily ‘challenging’ per say but things that I need to do consistently or things that I slacked off on in 2017.

  5. I love making goals for the year, and then splitting them down into monthly goals. One of my goals is to read 150 books this year, so for January I cut it down to 10 books. I just look over the month and see what I think is manageable for that month. 😉

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