Last year I only made two goals. That was because I was so desperate to improve my health that I was afraid more would distract me. Now that my lifestyle has changed for the better, I’d like to have more variety.
So I decided to set 14 goals for 2014 and have categorized them into three areas of my life. Some of the bigger ones will have a shorter timeframe benchmark so I can attack them in bite-size pieces. Also, I using the SMART goal methodology.
Smart Goals must be specific, measurable attainable, realistic and have a timeframe. Unless otherwise stated the timeframe is by December 31, 2013.
1. Lose 30 pounds in 2014. This is definitely one I’m breaking down by quarter. I will strive to lose 10 pounds in the first quarter.
2. Exercise 5-6 times a week. I track my activity on EveryMove (a free app) where I can earn rewards for exercise so it’s trackable. Friend me if you try it!
3. Track Food 6 out of 7 Days. When I don’t track is when trouble happens with the scale. The reason I said6 days instead of daily is I don’t want to be have failed if one day is missed due to travel or whatever life circumstance. Most days is good enough. It’s when I skip weeks the problems happen.
4. Complete 6 Race Events. I did one organized race event in 2013 and it was at the very end of year. But I liked it so this year I’m going to aim for six. The first one is Saturday.
5. Go 100% Soda-Free. I used to drink 2-3 cans of soda a day and cut back a great deal in 2013. I gave myself permission to have soda at restaurants, etc. and the next thing you know I’m drinking it (although 1 can a day) at home again. This year I don’t have permission to drink it anywhere.
1. Start a Blog Carnival. I want to start a health and wellness blog carnival where readers can find contributions from this blog community each week.This is probably the goal I feel is most challenging. What if I start it and no one comes? But failure of an idea doesn’t mean failure so it’s there.
2. Write Every Day in January. I wrote 23 posts in November and that was a month I was on vacation for six days! Last month (with no travel time) I only wrote 12. I want to kick the year off with great habits and will post every day in January.
3. Create an eBook. I’ll share more details once the eBook is done, but I’m actually halfway done so I plan to have this one done by June 30th. It will be a free download for new subscribers.
4. Change Blog Theme. A blog theme (for those that don’t blog) is the design framework. I’ve had the Thesis theme for a few years and find the recent upgrades to have made it more difficult to use. Plus I’m tired of how I’ve designed it and don’t make enough income from this venture to pay someone. So I’m going to buy the Genesis framework in 2014 and refresh Weight Chronicles.
1. Max Contribution to 401K and IRA. I’m behind (as most in my generation) in retirement savings so have been maxing out both my 401K and IRA contributions the past two years. I’m going to do it again in 2014. The 401K contribution is automatic but I have to save for my IRA contribution so writing it down puts it uppermost in my mind each month.
2. Get Showers Rebuilt. We have three showers in our home but two of them need tiling work before we can use them. Between travels and other higher priority projects we haven’t gotten them fixed quickly so we plan to do it this year. They’ll get started at least in the first quarter.
3. Plan Outing with Someone Quarterly. I’m the worst at asking someone to get together for coffee or an event. Two people did it to me during the past six months and I was thrilled someone wanted to get to know me better. I’m going to make more of an effort. After all, if Denise hadn’t asked me for coffee we might never have become friends.
4. Read Six Books Not for Review. I’m offered books to read all the time for reviews but they’re usually informational. I hadn’t read a single book for pleasure until our two week vacation in October and really enjoyed losing myself in a story.
5. Declutter My Home. I am often donating, selling or giving away items in our home. But somehow they keep accumulating. Don’t get the idea I live in a hoarders situation; far from it. I just like a minimalist look so want to get rid of more stuff. I will tackle a room a month until the house is done…for this year.
- January: Office
- February: Guest Room
- March: Bathrooms
- April: Bedroom
- May: Kitchen
- June: Living/Dining Rooms
These are my goals and personal challenges for this new year. What are you going to accomplish in 2014?