As 2021 is just about upon us my mind turns to goals for the new year. There are two steps to this for me personally and professionally.
First off, I review my 2020 goals seeing which ones were accomplished, partially finished, or simply never touched. I revamp the ones that were not achieved if they are to be carried forward into 2021. Fine tuning them because I have moved forward in life and made substantial changes during the past 12 months. If they were not accomplished and are no longer part of where I am at and where I am heading, I simply remove them from the list of things I want to do or feel that the Lord is telling me to do.
Then I add to the list those new goals that appear because of the circumstances I am now facing – such as Covid and being unable to travel. And, I add any new ones the Lord leads me to set for the gift of a new year of life, health, and ministry. As well, any personal goals that I would like to aim for – weight loss, learning to paddle board, trying out new campgrounds.
These are all jotted down on paper or on screen and then comes the time to arrange them and fill in the details of the goal…
I do this by listing the general categories …
- Personal – weight, exercise, rest, reading…
- Family – gatherings, birthdays, anniversaries
- Financial – saving, investing, spending, house repairs, budget
- Friendship – what I am looking for in a friend (another list)
- Fun (vacation and days off)
- Faith goals – what I am believing God for
- Household goals – repairs, painting, decorating
- Ministry goals – the call and the message for the new year 2021
- Study and reading goals – number of books and areas to study
- Marriage goals
- Writing goals – blogs and books
And then filling in the goals for that area being as specific as I can. Of course, a goal can be changed, adjusted, revamped, or eliminated as the year begins and situation and circumstances dictate. These goals are simply to help me to know the direction I am aiming in each of these and other categories. Remember, if you aim at nothing you are sure to hit it.
I schedule time in my annual calendar for a review and revamp every three months. So, the goals are solid but fluid. Change is inevitable. But the overall direction of life for the year remains the same as determined by the big picture of all the goals together.
So, much more detailed than …
- More sleep
- More music
- More coffee
- More books
- More sunsets
- More creating
- More long walks
- More laughter
- More hugs
- More dreaming
- More road trips
- More fun
- More love
However, if this is your first time doing goals for your life and the new year this would be a good start as an outline that then needs to be filled in somewhat.