New Goals for 2016

SmartGoals2016My favorite things about January are my birthday and goal planning. This is the month when everybody sets goals, and nothing gets me excited like a blank calendar and fresh motivation!

I thought I’d share some of my 2016 goals, but first I also want to give you some tips on setting your own goals for the new year. (And for more on this, check out my latest podcast here.)

So, the first thing I suggest is to print out a blank calendar. Then, there are three big picture things to fill in before the busyness of life takes over.

  1. Dream big time. I recommend blocking out two hours a month to sit back and reflect on where you’ve been and where you’re going. It isn’t natural for me to pause to reflect, so that’s why I have to schedule it in. Otherwise, I will go, go, go without analyzing if I’m headed in the right direction.
  2. Date time. My husband must come before my work! So, we’ve started to prioritize dating each other. This might be a date night, date day, date lunch — whatever. Just mark it down and invest in one another!
  3. Family time. Prioritize making memories with your family. This could be as simple as scheduling an afternoon ice-skating or taking a walk. If your kids know you are excited to spend time with them, they’ll be excited too.

And then, beyond the big picture items for the calendar, I recommend scheduling in daily devotionals. God’s Word is nourishment for my soul. Why would I want to feed my body and neglect my soul? But again, it all takes scheduling and discipline.

As for my own 2016 goals, I make business goals and personal goals. With Rebekah Scott Designs, we have two goals for the year: One Percent and Abundance.

One Percent is about making improvements one percent at a time. So, my office gal, my social media gal and I will each have a one-percent notebook next to us that we have to fill out once a week. This means we will make a small improvement each week, and by the end of the year, we hope to see a 56 percent difference!

Abundance is all about perspective. We are going to think about the abundance of opportunities we have, and not the scarcities. Thoughts like “There aren’t enough stores to sell our bags” or, “There’s not enough time in the day to finish …” are the thoughts we want to eliminate. Because the truth is, God has and does provide abundantly!

And then lastly, I have two personal goals. One is better budgeting, and one for the family is no complaining.

For budgeting, Nick and I mainly want to do a better job of tracking our spending to be good stewards. For this we are using the EveryDollar App by Dave Ramsey.

For no complaining, I’ve told my kids that they can’t complain about something unless they can back it up with an action to fix the problem. Sometimes, we all just need to get something off our chest. But then what are you going to do about it?

How about you? Do you have any 2016 goals to share? Feel free to comment below!