Happy New Year!!
Today I wanted to share my 2021 goals. I hope this list inspires you as you’re thinking about your 2021 and hopefully doing more of what makes you happy and less of what doesn’t. ❤
I love hearing other people’s goals and I get lots of motivation from them, so I hope this does the same for you!
And just to be clear, I definitely don’t think everyone needs to set yearly goals… I’ve just found that it’s a really helpful tool for me in doing more of what’s most important to me, so I wanted to share in case it’s a helpful tool for others as well.
Before I jump into my goals, here are a few quick notes about how I planned my 2021 goals:
- I used PowerSheets to plan my goals this year. This is my first year using it and I loved it! For those who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a popular goal setting system that comes in a pretty and super functional spiral-bound goal planner. It has lots of great prompts that walk you through the process of setting up your goals for the year, as well as breaking them down into quarterly goals, and much more. I’ve used lots of different systems in the past to set up my annual goals, and this is definitely one of my all-time favorites!
- I focus on one quarter at a time. Setting yearly goals helps me set my overarching intentions and direction for the year… but really, the only way I actually make progress towards them is by breaking them down into bite-size pieces that I tackle one quarter at a time. So once I picked my 2021 goals, I created my Quarter 1 goals based on them. Then, once I get to the end of Q1, I’ll see where I’m at, take another look at my goals for the year, and set up my Q2 goals based on that info. I’ll do the same thing at the end of each subsequent quarter until the end of the year.
- I start the process by doing a review of the past year – specifically what worked and what didn’t. Powersheets did a great job of guiding me through this review process, and I always think it’s helpful to do this first because it gives me some good ideas of what to keep/do more of, and a good idea of what I want to minimize. Also, it’s just fun to look back on the past year and see all that I’ve achieved and all that we’ve done as a family. Feels nice to take a moment to acknowledge all those things that can get lost in the shuffle of everyday life. ❤
And now onto the goals!
Here they are: (A few edited for privacy, and one goal omitted for privacy – but these are most of them!)
- I earn $X from writing on this blog by 12/31/2021. I really want to make this blog helpful and encouraging to readers and simultaneously start to contribute financially to my family.
- I set up weekly outdoor and monthly special activities for my son by 12/31/2021. It’s been a challenging year in terms of having my son be able to play with kids his age. Because we don’t have any close friends or family with kids his age, we really value toddler classes for helping him to get playtime with other toddlers – but that hasn’t been possible for most of 2020. Add in the cold winter months and it’s just a little more challenging. So, given the current situation, my goal this year is to take him somewhere outdoors at least once a week where he can safely play near kids his age (like nearby playgrounds, etc.) and to plan one monthly special outdoor trip that we can do as a family while still being safe (like going to a nearby park to walk the trails, etc.). Although I take him outside pretty much daily in our yard… this goal is really meant to get him out to places beyond our front yard. 😉
- I work out consistently each week including 2 strength-training & 2 cardio workouts (~20-30 min each) per week by 12/31/2021. I really want to do my best to be healthy and strong so I can be around for the people I love most, and this goal feels do-able and good. I’ve been adding in some more strength-training over the last few months and it has felt so good. Looking to maintain what I’m doing plus add a little more to my current routine, and also want to make sure I’m getting some regular cardio in too. (And to be clear, I don’t think I’ll be perfect at this and work out every single week – I’m just looking to do this most weeks and as best I can.)
- I go out with my hubby once a month (once it’s safe) and plan an overnight stay by 12/31/2021. Once things are safe, I definitely want to plan a monthly date with my hubby. It’s just so good to get out of the house together and laugh and eat good food together. Can’t wait! Also, last year we had planned to do our first solo overnight stay to celebrate our anniversary, but because of COVID we had to cancel. This year I’m keeping my fingers crossed we can do it!
- I plan monthly visits with loved ones plus special quarterly time by 12/1/21. The people I’m closest to are definitely one of the best parts of my life, so making time to see them is always a (fun) priority. I really want to take a few minutes at the start of each month to sketch out when I plan to see them. I’m sure I’ll see some of them (like my mom) more than once a month but I want to make an effort to plan some meaningful (and fun!) time together that takes place at least monthly.
- I finish reading Fiber Fueled, create a cheat sheet of key points, and start creating a quarterly menu that includes at least 5 new recipes per quarter by 12/31/2021. I think this book has lots of good info about the benefits of eating a range of plants (vege’s, fruits, whole grains) and I want to make a conscious effort to add some more plants to our dinners this year. Once I finish reading this book, I want to create a cheat sheet of key points that I can easily refer back to when meal planning. Also, I want to try about 5 new recipes per quarter (seems doable!) and start to think of meal planning in quarters b/c I think it’ll be easier to plan seasonally (i.e. I don’t want chicken chili in May). Ultimately, I’d like to have a seasonal list of recipes that I can easily pull from and keep adding to year after year – so this will be a great first step in that direction. I also think this goal will help add some nice variety to our meals and add more healthy vege’s/plants to our family’s meals. Win-win!
- I read 8 books or more from my reading list by 12/31/2021. I’m so excited about this one! If you’re interested, you can see my reading list and more details here.
- I decorate one key area of my house with 3-5 new items, and declutter one room per quarter by 12/31/2021. I tend to really slack on decorating our house but I really want to decorate a few key areas of our house this year, so I’ve decided to tackle one area/room per quarter and that should be a great start! Also, I know I have a few rooms that need a good decluttering, so I’m going to declutter one room per quarter as well. Seems doable!
Hope this list gave you some inspiration!
And whether you choose to set goals for 2021 or not, I hope you have a great year full of lots of wonderful, happy memories. 💛