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January Small Goals

About two years ago I was inspired by my friend Nicole to start writing small monthly goals, and it has been a game changer. I've been able to accomplish more things and focus like never before. A big goal is OK to have, but setting monthly goals will help you achieve that large goal. Breaking it up makes it feel more attainable and you are more likely to achieve it. For example your goal may be to switch careers. Your monthly goals to break up over the year could include things such as; learning a new skill that would benefit your new career, attend a networking event, buy a classy interview outfit, rewrite your resume, build your LinkedIn profile, join Toastmasters to help with your interviewing/presentation skills. All of these small goals will help you to achieve your larger goal. 

When it comes to how many goals to have per month, there is no set number. Maybe it's one goal or maybe it's five. You set the amount! I like to mix goals with personal development, blogging, career and physical. Here is what I have planned for January!


JANUARY GOALS

1. STICK TO MY BUDGET
This is the year my friends when Alex and I get our butts back in to gear about budgeting. We put it off the past few years, and my blogging income has allowed us this past year to worry too much about budgeting. That's about to change. My goal is to meet at the end of every month to set next month's budget. If you are following my #buylesslivemorechallenge you know that for the next 6 months my family is dramatically decreasing our clothing/home decor and eating out budget. Read more about it here! My goal is to stick to it. We are using the Mint app to track our spending.

2. WORK HARD
This time of year is VERY busy at my full-time job. I'm still learning my new role, and a few things have been switched around so I'm taking on a few new things. My goal is to keep my head down, work hard, and in times of worry and anxiousness (which I usually feel when I feel out of control) I will trust in God and push through the fear. I want to face the challenges head on.

3. PLAN 2019 TRAVEL
I would like to plan out my travel for the year so I can start budgeting that in and getting everything on the calendar. Cabins and summer spots go quick in Texas, so if there's somewhere we want to vacation I need to be booking it ASAP.

4. CELEBRATE WALT & WHITNEY
Walt & Whitney are turning THREE years old on January 14th! Last year we had a big party at Catch Air, but this year I'm keeping it simple. Their birthday falls on a Monday so we're going to go to Chuck E' Cheese with just the 5 of us. We celebrate Turner's 6th birthday there and they loved it.

5. CREATE A CHRISTMAS VIDEO
It's been a long time since I've made a YouTube video, mostly because I want to be present in the moment and don't want to feel the need to constantly film. It makes me anxious thinking of all the shots I need to get to make a "cool" video. This Christmas I really wanted to capture the children's ages and personalities in a video, and I told myself I would create it just for me and my family. I didn't worry about the cinematography. I simply filmed when there was a moment I wanted to remember. Now the hard part, compiling ALL the video footage from mine and Alex's phones and sitting down to make it. It takes a ton of time, but I know I will cherish the video for years to come. Stay tuned!

There you have it! Do you have any small goals for the month or year? I'd love for you to join me in writing out monthly small goals. You may not have a blog to keep you accountable, but write them in a planner or somewhere you go back to often. Cheers to a new year full of opportunities. We must take the initiative to make things happen!

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2 comments:

Shelly @ The Queen in Between said...

Love your goals Jesse and you look just adorable in these pics. Happy New Year!

Unknown said...

My january small goals are NO TARGET and no clothing shopping (for myself).