Goal Setting For A New Year

NEW was the theme of 2017 for our family.

We moved to a new community, made new friends, started a new school...there were new experiences for everyone.

Georgia is in kindergarten. Harriet changed from a baby to a walking, talking toddler seemingly overnight. I now spend most of my days volunteering at the school, leading a troop of rambunctious little Daisy Girl Scouts, and zooming between our house and the dance studio with my toddler in tow.

It is so easy to get caught up in going and doing, no matter what stage of life you're in.

I want to make 2018 a productive year.

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I recently read two books that immediately changed my mindset and lit a fire under me to start living with intention and checking things off my list. I used them together to map out a clear plan to make sure that, in a year from now, I'm not wide eyed and wondering where the past twelve months went.

Michael Hyatt’s Living Forward caught my eye at the library because it had worksheets in the back. I’m a sucker for worksheets, and the book looked useful, so I ordered it.

Wow! I don’t care who, what, or where you are in life, this book with get you going. Hyatt starts by having you think about the big picture of your life - your eulogy. If you were to die tomorrow, would the things you put the most focus on right now, this moment, be the things you would want to be remembered for? If you’re like me - nope!

It was eye opening and a bit shameful to really take note of how I spend my time and what my thoughts are focused on. I’m still tweaking the worksheets, but I have already started focusing my efforts and intentions on the things that actually matter most to me. I found so much encouragement in the material as well as Hyatt's conversational style and personal story.

The second book, The Productivity Project, sat on my bookshelf for a full year before I even opened it. {Which really is a testament to how much I needed this book in my life, but anyway…. }

The author breaks each chapter down into about a ten minute read with a fun, straightforward and easy to implement “project” at the end of each. None of it is scientific or difficult to digest, although if you want to go that route you can check out any of the sources or books he mentions (I read several of them in the past couple of months).

The ideas and projects are useful regardless of whether you work outside the home, stay home with kids, or travel the world as a retiree. Anybody can use them! So far, in the couple of weeks since I've finished reading it, I’ve applied the advice to my responsibilities at home, in volunteer work and in looking into a business venture we’re considering.

The Productivity Project also makes a thoughtful gift for high school or college graduates - even if it sits on a bookshelf for awhile, they’ll eventually crack it open. Looking back, I wish I had learned many of these tips earlier in life. I feel like I've bought time for myself lately, just by implementing a couple of quick tips!

The one somewhat frustrating tidbit I need to share: it’s sometimes obvious that the author has never worked in corporate America. It just wasn’t possible for me to take a fifteen minute walk outside on a day when deadlines were looming. It’s not a huge deal, but there are a couple of chapters that are great in theory but might not work for every situation.

I hope you are anticipating making 2018 great! What steps are you taking now to make it happen?