And here I am, sharing my “one word” for 2017 post half way through January. I figured better late than never right? I love reading how people chose their words and what it means for them and their year ahead, so here it goes.
Two years ago I chose the word “Focus” for 2015 and everything was going swimmingly until I was sidelined by pregnancy sickness in August. I never really got back on the “accomplishing my goals” bandwagon after that.
In 2016, I was so preoccupied with getting ready for the baby and all of that so I never really took the time to plan out specific goals, or commitments for the year. By the end of 2016 I was feeling like everything was just happening around me, like I was just reacting all day every day instead of doing anything proactively. I was (read “still am”) behind on everything and things only got done when it was urgent or overdue. (Example: “clean the stove” was on my list of things to do before the baby was born. I still haven’t done it and he’s 9 months old.) I look at my daily life and think “What am I doing?! I say this is a priority, but I’m not living like it is. I go from one thing to another, to another without stopping to think about what’s important and what I need to trim out of my life.
It wasn’t hard to pick a word for 2017. I went through Leonie Dawson’s Your Shining Year workbook (I’ve used her business planner before and loved it so I gave the life version a try.) and my word for 2017 is “Intentional.”
I don’t want to just keep running around reacting to what’s happening around me, I want to take intentional steps towards my long term goals. I want to set priorities in my life and then let that guide my decisions.
So how am I planning to make this an intentional year?
I made a list of 12 areas that I want to work on. Each month I’ll choose an area and then work towards some specific goals in that area.
As part of the workbook I made a list of 100 things I want to do this year. There are long-term projects, quick items, books to read, routines to create, weekly, monthly and seasonal habits. The list really runs the gamut. Each month when I choose my intentional area I will go through this list to help me choose my goals for the month.
I plan to do a monthly update post to say how I did the month before and what I plan for the upcoming month…accountability y’all.
Leonie talks alot about how most people who make goals don’t write them down or review them and those who write down their goals and review them regularly are the highest achievers.
You’ve probably heard it said that goals need to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. (SMART goals) I think we can make goals that fit all those criteria but still fail because we want to do it all at once. We want to start it all in January and have all the new habits formed by February. If we don’t then we get discouraged.
In addition to breaking our goals up into smaller steps to make them more achievable, what if we spread them out? So set a goal in January, but then don’t even intend to start working on it until August. If you’re writing things down and regularly reviewing it then you won’t forget about it by then.
So I’ve set my goals for the year and now I’m going to take it one month at a time in bite size pieces…ok, maybe large mouthful pieces. We’ll see how it goes.
Did you choose a word for 2017? I’d love to hear it.