Goal Setting For A New Year

I love Christmas, but as soon as the day is past, I am ready to get organized for the new year. In the past, I would wait until New Year's Day to put away the Christmas ornaments. This year, by the Monday following Christmas I had put away my decorations, organized the school baskets and painted a new-used table for our school area. 

The downside of all this productivity was that by New Year's Eve, instead of feeling all festive, I cuddled up in a cozy sweater, hardly bothered to apply makeup and showed up at a party for just a couple hours before heading back home to bed. I was even a little taken aback when I arrived at my fellow homeschool mom's house for the party and saw her looking beautiful and bedazzled, complete with lipstick and a sparkly sweater. I think the premature start on New Years productivity completely sapped my party spirit. Note to self, give yourself a little time for fun.

Goal setting and productivity is a form of recreation for me though, which is why I look forward to this day of evaluating the goals I set in the previous year, and setting new ones. As I look over last year's list, I see that many of the same goals will be recycled for this season. Partly because they are important, and partly because I really didn't make them into a habit last year.

I am still loving the system taught by Colleen Adams which you can find explained in detail here. The short story is that, instead of trying to make A, B and C goals, or just a big list of general goals for the year, Colleen's method has you break down your goal setting into eight different areas. Also, instead of making goals for the whole year, these goals are meant to be for a shorter time period, such as three months.

The goals I set don't always turn into habits; I may have to keep rewording some of the ones that are the most difficult for me to become consistent in. Exercise, for instance, is just so easy to relegate to a low place after laundry and social media. That is why it keeps getting put back on the list. The upside is that bed making and closet organization are becoming consistent so that they can be dropped from the list.

Making goals and working towards them, while remaining flexible to the Holy Spirit, is one small step towards an orderly life and a civilized world.
As a starting point for your 2015 goal setting, I have included my goals for the first three months of the year, in each of eight areas.

1. Self Care
Exercise 5 days a week
Drink 6 glasses of water per day

2. Spiritual Life
Daily Bible copy-work
Spend first 30 minutes of the day in prayer and Bible study

3. Intellect/Emotions 
(for me right now, these are some goals with my kids)
Weekly nature walk and journaling
Teach chore consistency with children

4. Relationships
Weekly date with my honey
Work on eye contact with my children
(I do a lot of listening while working, but kids need eye contact)

5. Time Management
No phone/computer until priorities 1, 2 and 3 are done
Family Bible time by 8:30 a:m

6. Nest Management
Monthly deep cleaning
Library redo (tile, flooring, window)

7. Uniquely You
(This might mean weekly pedicures, or more time spent on self care, 
but those aren't my top priorities right now)
Weekly blog post
Improve photography

8. Financial Stewardship
Make a list of accounts
Make some money

God has plans and purposes for each one of us, and as we seek His face, He will give us inspiration about those priorities that He wants us to focus on. 

After you write down your purposes for the year, be sure and find some friends to share them with so that you can encourage each other to pursue the dreams that God has put in your hearts.

The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord: and he delighteth in his way
Psalm 37:23

A few other resources for goal setting-

and linking up here for many more goal setting resources.


  1. Really enjoy how you broke down your goals into logical and clear steps--clearly they will add to your success!

    Oh, and next time for the new year's eve party, just do what I did....wear a sequined sweatshirt. The best of both worlds!


    1. A sparkly sweater would certainly have made me feel more festive!

  2. You are I are very like minded. Here's to a prosperous and blessed 2015 for us all!

  3. This really resonates with me Jenny. I know so many people that are sort of anti resolutions, but I just love this time of year for the exact reasons you mentioned. I also love looking back. Just like you said, I can either see areas that still need work, or I can see that I did in fact accomplish that goal, or lastly, I can see a trend of where my priorities are. Great list. I'll be posting mine tomorrow.

    1. I can't wait to read yours Natalie. I am going to coffee with a friend tomorrow to share lists, wish you were close enough to join us!

  4. That is a great system - covers those areas of importance. I like your specific goals as well - they are goals that should be met - not silly and self centered. I like that as well - good job!

    1. Thanks Debra, I can certainly be silly sometimes but it would be very hard to be self centered with so many kids. I do love this system though because in the past I would probably have only made goals concerning my kids and not even thought about caring for myself. Self care is an important part of being a good momma.

  5. Not writing down goals has always been one of those things I should do but don't. Thankfully I have a fabulous 2015 workbook that I am working through and everything is getting written down. Happy New Year! xx N

    1. How exciting that you have found a workable system! Blessings on your goal setting this year.

  6. I love your goals. They are specific, actionable, and realistic. This is really my first year being intentional about my goals. I am jumping on the "one-word" bandwagon and using it as a theme to base my goals on.

    Thank you for linking up to the New Year Resolutions & Goals #linkup. I shared your post on StumbleUpon and Pinterest!

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for the goals encouragement. Even though I don't always excel at the follow through, I love having something to aim towards. Blessings to you as you work towards your goals this year, and thanks so much for sharing.

  7. These are awesome goals! I love how you separated them out into different categories. I am still working on my goals, trying to make sure that I have action steps with them...although I have a feeling that is going to be an ongoing process.

    1. Goal setting is definitely an ongoing process! I am having victory in some of my goal areas, and having to pick up the pace for others. I would rather have a mark that I miss than have no goals at all. Blessings to you as you plan.

  8. I love your blog and I have nominated Homeschooling for the Whole Family for the Lovely Blog Award! http://teachingfromatacklebox.blogspot.com/2015/01/one-lovely-blog-award.html

    1. Thanks so much for the nomination Suzanne! I love writing but have a lot to learn about the technical and design aspects of blogging. Right now, blogging is mostly something I do when my kids are asleep so the learning process is slow. I appreciate readers like you who put up with this process! Blessings to you!