Why I’m Not Making 2019 Goals (And What I am Doing Instead)

It’s that time again! Everyone is talking about year-end reflections and making resolutions and goals for 2019. However, in 2017, I stopped making goals (or resolutions for the new year, and here’s why:

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Several years ago, I switched from making “resolutions” to making “goals.” It was more of a mindset and perspective thing, but it made a difference for me. I did my best to make those goals specific and measurable, and in doing so, I made great strides in accomplishing my goals.

Nevertheless, I sometimes get overwhelmed looking at the whole year and everything I want to do. (Anyone else?) The last couple of years, especially, have been a challenge for me. There were a lot of constant changes which affected how I was able to work on or achieve my goals. Not being able to reach certain goals made me feel like failure. Some goals were dropped altogether. So, by October 2016, I knew I needed to make a change.

Thus, for 2017 I decided to stop making yearly goals, and instead, I  made an outline. I sat down and wrote a broad outline of the things I wanted to accomplish for the year and as the year progressed, I filled in the gaps monthly and quarterly.

For 2018, I did the same. I created an outline of the goals/tasks/etc. that I wanted to do for the year. Then, what made an even more difference, I added those tasks to my calendar. It helped me know what I was going to do, and when. I revisited my calendar quarterly and made changes accordingly.

Did I drop the ball or have to change (or forego) things that I wanted to do? Sure, but by using the calendar, I felt like I was in control of my calendar/life, rather than it controlling me. And, that was the KEY for me in using the calendar: CONTROL. It has allowed me to be so much more intentional in how I live my life!

Now, going forward for 2019, I am going to do the same. I am going to plan, create an outline of what I want to do/accomplish for 2019, and then I am going to add the action steps to my calendar. Of course, I am going to revisit the calendar at least quarterly, if not monthly and revise as needed.

It’s simple, doable, and just what I need to keep moving forward!

FYI: In that vein, after today, I am officially on my yearly “sabbatical” for the next 2 1/2 weeks. 🙂 That means no posts, no newsletters, no “Monday Marketing Moments,” or “Friday Freebies until about January 2nd.  (I may jump in on occasion but don’t count on it!)


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