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2016 has definitely been the year of #Goals. It’s a funny little way to compliment someone on social media, but with the new year, I’m have actual goals on my mind. Ways I can improve myself, my business, and my family life this year.
My dad loves goals, and every year growing up he would create these spreadsheets at the beginning of the year and have each of us fill them out. The spreadsheet would have different goal categories — educational, spiritual, health, financial, etc., and within each category would be three sections for us to write specific goals, steps to accomplishing them throughout the year, and a completion marker.
As a kid, I found it helpful to have this very specific system, but as an adult and a mom, I find my plate already very full. So piling a lengthy list of goals on top of the every day things makes me feel overwhelmed and instantly guilty about what I know I won’t accomplish.
The purpose of goals is to feel motivated and renewed, and so I’ve been thinking the last few weeks about how to set goals in a way that’s helpful and realistic for me.
Something I’ve struggled with this past year is focusing. When I have a long to-do list, or a lot of creative ideas, or a busy day, it tends to send my brain into overdrive and I have a hard time accomplishing anything. Or when I sit down to work, I easily get distracted and find myself checking social media or reading random buzzfeed articles and suddenly have wasted an hour of my time. Or when I’m with my family, I hop on my phone for a second and then get sucked in. I’m sure some of you can relate.
I feel like I’m good at being in the moment, but I struggle with staying in the moment. My attention span is short. And in the spirit of new beginnings and improving myself, this is one change that will take a lot of discipline, control, and effort, but can result in big changes that affect my entire life.
Over the last few weeks I’ve had this word FOCUS running through my brain over and over. Less distraction. Less wasted time. More focus. More attention. So instead of a long list of goals this year, I’ve chosen this one goal as my overarching theme of the year.
To help me achieve this goal, I’ve chosen four sub-categories within my Focus Theme: God, Family, Work, and Myself, and for each of these I’ve chosen a few sub-sub-categories that give me more specific and concrete goals. For example, under Focus on Myself I want to limit my sugar, exercise at least twice a week, and be in bed by midnight. All of these are goals that will fall into place IF I discipline my attention span. It’s a snowball effect that will affect all areas of my life.
So instead of feeling overwhelmed on day one of the new year, I’m feeling really excited and motivated. Last year really was incredible in so many ways, but a feel like this will be the best year yet.
Are you guys setting goals this year? I’d love for you to share!