Christmas is over. It’s time for countdown lists of the top this and best that. It’s time to look back at our own year and evaluate. What do you feel when you look back? Are you satisfied with your accomplishments? Regretful at the time lost? There is value in looking back, in learning from yesterday’s successes and failures. However, don’t spend too much time on the past. Use those emotions—good and bad—to fuel your determination for the upcoming year.
I am a big goal setter. I plan and forecast and map out my year. Today I am sharing helpful goal setting resources to help you have an amazing year.
Books to Read
Crystal Paine does an excellent job mapping out a plan for order and excellence in Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore Your Passion for Life. Her down to earth writing style and relatable examples make this an easy read. She offers practical advice for effective goal setting and ordering your day so that you get more done. I finished this book with an extra boost of confidence in my ability to live life well.
If spending more time with God is on your New Year’s list, I recommend Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ book, A Place of Quiet Rest: Finding Intimacy with God Through a Daily Devotional Life. Nancy gently walks the reader through spiritual disciplines explaining why they are important as well as practical tips on how to make them a part of your life. I first read this book during a particularly dry season in my life. It helped breathe new life into my daily quiet times.
Are you planning to finally tame the clutter in 2016? Kathi Lipp’s Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space not only helps you tackle the piles, but also deal with the thoughts and behavior patterns that cause the clutter. She provides strategies to get those closets clean and keep them that way. I love her candid writing style; it makes this book a fun and helpful read.
You have dreams and plans for 2016, but your faith falls short when it comes to making them a reality. Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears is for you. Batterson shares the story of Honi, an ancient prophet who prayed fervently for much-needed rain. He drew a circle around himself and would not move until God answered. The Circle Maker walks you through the how and why of praying big prayers for big things. I plan to read this one again as the dreams God gave me for 2016 are bigger than my faith.
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast by Laura Vanderkam examines powerful patterns for the early morning. Vanderkam provides interviews, anecdotes, and helpful tips for anyone looking to add more meaning to their day. It is applicable for mamas and managers alike. Vanderkam says, “When you make over your mornings, you can make over your life.”
Podcasts to Hear
Michael Hyatt: Goal Setting for Beginners
Michael Hyatt is the goal guru. He often addresses goal setting and strategies for reaching goals in his weekly podcast. This particular episode is especially helpful. You will learn how to set goals, what kind of goals to set, and ways to improve your potential to meeting those goals. I recommend subscribing to Hyatt’s podcast to get goal “coaching” throughout the year.
Kathi Lipp: Clutter Free in 2015
I recommended Kathi’s book above. If you don’t read or you want a little extra boost in your efforts to get clutter free, listen to her podcast, “Clutter Free in 2015.” In it, she gives you a run-down on strategies to make and keep your environment free of clutter. She also offers a 21-Day Clutter Free Challenge, which will provide you with helpful emails to walk you through the process. (You may want to subscribe to Kathi’s podcast, Clutter Free Academy, as well.)
Do you want to read more books in 2016? Jeff Goins offers helpful suggestions for reading more books in this podcast. Goins averages a book a day. I am not quite there yet. But I do plan to read at least 2 books a month again this year. If you want to read more, you may find a few of his practices to incorporate in your reading routine.
Jeff Sanders: Forget Annual Goal Setting and Do This Instead
For a different spin on New Year’s resolutions or annual goals, listen to Jeff Sanders plan to address big goals over periods of a few weeks to 90 days at a time. His strategy is helpful if you tend to procrastinate or get overwhelmed with your list of goals.
Resources to Download
Proverbs 31 released the First 5 app this year. It is a devotional app that encourages you to spend the first 5 minutes of your day with God. There is an alarm built into the app that will open your smartphone to a verse and short devotional written by the Proverbs 31 team. This is a great resource if you want to make daily Bible reading a goal in 2016.
Susan Heid of The Confident Mom does the work of planning household chores for you. Her FREE resource, The 2016 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner, splits up weekly household duties by day, monthly duties by week, and yearly duties by month. Each task can be accomplished in 3 to 30 minutes. It also makes assigning chores to the kids easy. I discovered Susan’s planner a few years ago. I absolutely love the way she organizes my life! (Susan offers a buy-up option which includes digitally fillable forms and helpful household resources.)
Did you set a weight loss or healthy eating goal? If you want to take the planning out of healthy meal planning in 2016, try an EMeals subscription. I have used EMeals for years. I love the menu variety and ready-made grocery list. You can select a menu based on your diet preference and grocery store. The app is super-easy to use and keeps my shopping list and recipes available at the touch of a finger. (Click here for a FREE trial!)
Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooling Mom offers a FREE, bright, and cheerful blog planner. This planner provides a place to keep track of giveaways, posts, and brainstorming ideas. This is a great resource to keep on hand because we writers know the ideas come faster than we can write. I look forward to using this resource this year to help me meet my writing goals for 2016.
Couch to 5K
Did you set a fitness goal? I used the C25k app to start running a few years ago. It helped me track my progress and motivated me to stay after it. If you would rather have a printable version of the plan, visit Couch to 5k.
I use the Tools4Wisdom Planner every year. This year’s version is better than ever. It includes tabs for each month and a place to record a daily action plan. The planner walks you through effective goal setting by prompting you through the process. There are sections at the beginning of each month that encourage you to refocus on your goals. This keeps them fresh and in your face.
What does a timer have to do with goals? It is a way to build discipline. Most of us cannot devote an entire day to work on a goal, but we do have 15-20 minutes. If you want to declutter, set your timer for 15 minutes and tackle the kitchen cabinets. Did you set a goal to limit social media time? Set your timer for 30 minutes and log off when the timer dings. Do you want to read more? Sit down with a cup of coffee and a book and set that timer for 20 minutes. Grab a fun timer like this owl timer to make the work toward your goals a little more fun.
I bring this course up often because I believe capturing the morning hours is essential to having the best day possible. This course is easy to get through in two weeks. Crystal provides actionable steps each day to help you not only start your day off right, but also set goals and reach them. This course is currently at its lowest price since it’s release. For only $9 you can make over your morning, even make over your year. Crystal is offering a free preview; try Day 1 by clicking HERE and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
This is a fun way to stay organized in 2016. I use different colors for each family member in my planner. I also designate a different color for each goal. My favorite pens are the Paper Mate felt tipped pens. They match the cover of my Tools4Wisdom planner perfectly! Color makes life more interesting. Colored pens have the same effect on planning and goal setting!
I hope this list of helpful goal setting resources gives you the motivation and tools you need for the best year ever! What would you add to the list?
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