As we celebrated Christmas and New Year’s I was thankful to take a break from blogging and normal, everyday life. This week marked the end of Christmas break and everyone in our house has returned to school. Now that life has resumed a sense of normalcy, I have turned my thoughts toward my word for 2017 and goals for the year. As I made my list I realized two people in particular have been hugely influential in how I set goals: Chalene Johnson and Gretchen Rubin.
Chalene Johnson. Chalene’s podcast the Chalene Show is full of wonderful tips and strategies on how to set goals and create systems in your life. I credit her for keeping me sane with 3 small children. Her idea to create strategic “systems” for your everyday life has brought sanity to my life like nothing else. Like brushing my teeth every morning, we now automatically do certain things throughout the day and this has hugely contributed to the peace of home. Having a system in place to accomplish goals is so much better than always feeling behind or trying to squeeze things in as I can find time. It’s still a struggle to find time for certain things (like blogging) but Chalene’s approach has helped me accomplish several goals I didn’t think were possible.
Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen has a fascinating theory that each person falls into one of four categories: upholder, obliger, questioner or rebel. These “four tendencies” revolve around how each person manages outward and inward expectations. Taking her four tendencies test was eye opening. Finding out how you respond to outer and inner expectations is key in accomplishing your goals because through it you discover what works for you. I’m an upholder and learning more about my tendency has helped me become more effective (and admittedly less judgmental toward non-upholder types). Her podcast Happier also contains a series about the tendencies which was hugely helpful in me understanding the other tendencies.
As 2016 drew to a close I reviewed the previous year- my goals, hopes and dreams. My words for 2016: happy and healthy. It was a year of growth. Sometimes painful, but significant growth and I am truly happier and healthier now than I was a year ago. I learned to identify and let go of things that were keeping me from experiencing true joy each day. I also invested more in my health than ever as I met with a doctor at Progressive and began pinpointing the root problem behind some minor health issues.
This year my word is intentional. In 2017 I want to be proactive in relationships and personal growth. It is easy for me to become so caught up in the day-to-day that I miss the big picture. I’m very task oriented so I have to truly make an effort to prioritize relationships. I can easily fall into a rut of caring for my family but not connecting with them. This year I want to prioritize the time I spend enjoying my family and friendships. I’m so excited for all that 2017 holds!
Do you have a word for the year? What strategies do you use to meet your goals? I would love to hear about your goals for the year and what works for you!