Simple Goal Setting as Self-Care
Are you looking for simple goal setting that gets results? Do you feel like your life is a little out of control and you simply need to write out some ideas and thoughts for the upcoming year? We could fill out pages and pages of fun and cutesy goal setting worksheets but honestly, that stuff is all fluff. You really only need one page. A supporting page with action steps if you are feeling ambitious.
Enter my resource library for a free one-page simple goal setting worksheet. Further below you will find a free 7-page workbook if you want more in-depth goal setting.
Spending some time at the end of each year by yourself in preparation for the next year is the best the thing you can do for yourself. Make sure you set next year to live by intention. Do not let others run your life or your schedule.
Goal Setting in 6 Key Areas
You are in charge of your own life. It is by small thoughts and then by actions in each of these categories each day that determine this.
For each of the categories in the Goals worksheet, name 2 or 3 goals you have for each one for 2018. Then print this out and live 2018 by your intentions.
This is the way to ensure you are taking care of the most important things in your life and discarding what is not important. Something comes up that is not in alignment with your goals? Then it’s a no.
Here are some ideas to get your juices flowing.
- Drink a smoothie each day. It’s a delicious way to get in 5 fruits and vegetables before you even get to work!
- Do a 30-day yoga challenge.
- Assess if you may have hidden toxins in your home you could ditch and switch.
- Commit to walking for a certain number of causes in the upcoming year and setting a goal of pounds to lose and money to raise.
- Join a Bible Study at Church.
- Commit to morning quiet time – getting up early each day for quiet time with God which can include Bible reading, journaling, prayer or whatever has been laid on your heart.
- Learn the art of Bible journaling and incorporate it into your time if you’re artsy or just want a more creative outlet during your Bible time.
- Commit to regular church attendance.
- Memorize a certain number of Bible verses with your kids.
- Take a class to learn a new skill that would advance you either in your current position or in a position you are otherwise interested in. There are a lot of free and inexpensive options out there if your employer will not pay for it.
- Update your resume if you haven’t visited it for a while.
- Secure your own domain. You never know what the future may hold. Get it before someone else does. While you’re at it, secure your children’s as well.
- Commit to one activity per month with your kids. This doesn’t have to be big – just in intentional.
- Spend 10 minutes of quality time with each child each day. See what an impact this can make on your children.
- Commit to turning the TV off, and if you’re brave all electronics, for a certain period or day each week.
- If you don’t have a 6 – 12 month’s emergency fund, make this one of your goals this year.
- Credit card debt – consider investing in Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace if you have a lot of debt. Call around to local churches, most likely one is going to be hosting a series of classes in the upcoming year.
- Meet with a financial planner to discuss your current and future financial situation.
- If you do not have a Will, make this one of your goals this year. This is especially important for single parents.
- What do you enjoy doing but haven’t done in a while? Make time on your calendar to do it weekly or monthly depending on the activity. Maybe this means getting a babysitter, or not doing the dishes each night.
- Join a book club. Most libraries have them or you could simply have one mailed to you each month and join an online community.
- Go to a craft workshop with friends.
- Have a standing coffee date with a friend or co-worker that you enjoy.
- Set aside some money (if this doesn’t conflict with your other goals in the money category) from your paycheck or tax returns to spend solely on you and not feel guilty about it.
Taking Your Simple Goals to the Next Level
For each goal category, you need an action step and a measurable date for each to see if you are on track or not.
Let’s break this down. Your worksheets are still simple. You will have just one page per goal you set. Enter the resource library for a free simple goal setting workbook that includes one page per goal and the cover page – 7 pages total.
How to Use the Detailed Worksheets
For example: for the category of Faith let’s say we had the Goal of “Be a spiritual leader in my house.” Okay, now we need some Action Steps to get there. It might include family church attendance, daily Bible Study as a family during dinner, and/or saying our prayers together each night.
The possible Measure might be “At the end of each month review and see did we attend church at least 3 out of 4 weekends per month? How many dinners did we incorporate Bible Study and how many evenings did we say our prayers together?” Then readjust for next month.
These worksheets can be used to help you narrow down on the specific action steps and measures. You can print these off each month if you want to readjust them. Your basic goals do not change, just the steps to get there may need to be adjusted.
Simplified Goal Setting
Goal setting doesn’t have to be complicated. It doesn’t have to take hours and involve 20 different worksheets. It certainly can. If you like that kind of thing. And if you want to totally get off track and never actually implement any changes.
Let’s make just a couple changes in each of the key areas in our lives next year. Write them down. Have a small plan and review them each month. Life can feel overwhelming when it’s all in your head. Write it down. Look at what it is important. Then look at what you accomplished. You might just be amazed.