In my last blog post I wrote about my 2016 goals review and promised that I would fully articulate my 2017 goals and also go public on them. I’ve learned that if I don’t do this, then my progress can have more of a splatter-gun effect, with distractions easily taking me away from the important stuff. So, with this in mind, I’ve spent a few hours looking at what I want to achieve in 2017 and have listed my goals below.
As in previous years, I’ve used the Wheel of Life template to get a visual representation of where I am now. This helps me prioritise the areas that need most attention or that I’m most drawn to, after all, it’s pointless setting out to achieve goals that don’t really interest me!
My 2017 Goals
The list below isn’t written in any particular order.
|Fun & Travel||31 December 2017|
|You’ll recall from my earlier blog Making Planning Fun, that we had challenged ourselves to fill a sealed jar with places (in the UK) we’d like to visit in 2017. Well, on New Year’s Eve we emptied the jar out to reveal all the places that were up for visits in 2017. It was a fun exercise and since we weren’t going out on NYE, it made for a nice evening! We spent some time whittling the list down to something manageable and have come up with the following list of day-trips, weekend-trips and a potential longer summer holiday.|
|Various walking trips including coastal, castles, countryside and a reservoir.|
|Visits to Food Festivals and/or Christmas markets.|
|Live shows playing in our locality.|
|Royal Tunbridge Wells|
|Mystery Trip (this is in a sealed envelope and I have to wait to find out what it is!) 🙂|
|Bristol including a show to see Rag’n’Bone Man (so looking forward to this!)|
|Caernarfon Castle & Snowdonia|
|The Eden Project|
|Scotland & Lochs, possibly including boat hire!|
|Health and Fitness
||30 June 2017|
|To achieve my goal weight of 9 ½ stone (133lbs)|
|To improve my fitness to be able to complete my Contribution challenge (below) with ease.|
|Achieve Your Best Life|
|Increase # of blogs published to 6 per month||Reg & Ongoing|
|Publish at least 1 vlog per month on YouTube||R & O|
|Increase number of subscribers||R & O|
|Increase social media presence||R & O|
|Complete overhaul of my website to include a new theme||31 August 2017|
|In the past I’ve attempted to read x number of books in 12 months, but generally haven’t achieved it. This year I’m changing the criteria to better reflect what is actually doable, so my reading goal this year is to read for 3 ½ hours per week (this is half an hour per day, but a weekly target will work better, I think)||R & O|
|Attend (in person or virtually) at least 1 course in support of my goals||31 December 2017|
|Commit to a Weekly review and a monthly round-up of activities related to my goals||R & O|
|Re-introduce meditation as part of my daily routine||R & O|
|To participate in a fitness-related charity event||30 September 2017|
|To continue to support the two charities I currently contribute to||R & O|
|Maintain and improve contact with family and friends.||R & O|
|Remember and celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.||R & O|
|Re-state our net-worth position (update the spreadsheet) and work to increase our net worth by at least 10%||Update by 31/1/17, then 31 December 2017|
That should be enough to keep me busy during 2017!
Whether I put these goals together or not, time will pass and life will happen. Without this kind of focus, the life that happens might not be what I want it to be (or even an approximation of it), but with focus, effort and application, there should be a whole lot more fun and achievement in 2017!
I’ll keep a running list of my progress updates here 🙂
January Progress Update
February Progress Update
March Progress Update
July Progress Update
August Progress Update
September Progress Update
October Progress Update
So now it’s your turn. Have you actively identified your goals for 2017? Where do you want to go? Who do you want to meet up with? How much money do you want to earn? Will you be changing your job? The list of possibilities is endless, but simply because of this, it’s an extremely useful exercise to narrow down the choices and commit to the things that will make your 2017 memorable for all the right reasons! I’m looking forward to hearing your plans and thoughts!
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