There’s something about a new year that motivates us. We feel like we can do anything. That’s why many of us choose to create New Year’s resolutions or goals, with varying degrees of success. Now, say what you will about this phenomenon, but personally, I like it – we’re taking advantage of our excitement and using it to better ourselves and our lives.
At the beginning of 2017, I set some goals for myself, and I was determined to reach them. Using a number of methods, including my bullet journal, I was able to keep track of my progress towards these goals and make significant progress in the areas I wanted to. In 2018, I want to continue progressing, and so today, I’ve decided to take a brief look back at my 2017 goals and then look ahead to the future for what I want to do in 2018.
2017 Goals Review
Before I jump into explaining my 2018 goals, here’s a quick recap of how I did with each of my 2017 goals
Read 40 Books: A+
I haven’t met my reading goal for the past few years, so I was very pleased when I not only met but also exceeded my reading goal for 2017! I ended up reading 43 books total, so I’m giving myself an A+ on this one.
Keep up with daily Bible reading: B
I decided to start reading through the entire New Testament in 2017, and overall, I did fairly well. I did miss a whole month so I still haven’t finished the NT, but for the most part, I was able to get into a routine of daily Bible reading. Aside from the month I missed, I only really slacked off towards the end of the year, so I’m determined to keep up this year.
Take care of myself: A-
I did better with this goal than I thought I would! Not only did I meet my step and water goals most days, but I also started a regular exercising routine, was able to avoid most desserts, and I remembered to take time to de-stress. Although I still had some off days here and there, I feel really good about myself and the progress I’ve made in the past year.
Write every day: A-
I was going to give myself a B+ on this one, but I decided to bump it up since I participated in and won both Camp NaNoWriMo and the November NaNoWriMo, and that was a pretty big accomplishment for me. I also kept up with my blogging and only missed a few days, which I’m also proud of. I didn’t actually write every day, but I definitely budgeted time for writing regularly, which was the real purpose behind this goal.
Learn a new skill every month: C+
I’m giving myself a little grace with this one. I didn’t actually practice a new skill every month; however, because of this goal, I made a better effort to learn HTML/CSS coding and American Sign Language, among other things. I’m certainly not an expert in anything, but the fact that I tried counts for something in my book.
Goals for 2018
This year, I’m doing things a little bit differently. As you’ll see below, I have five “big goal” categories related to areas I want to improve in, and I’ve also created tasks/mini-goals that will help me track my progress in those areas. For example, participating in NaNoWriMo again will help me improve my writing. I’m sure I’ll add more tasks as the year goes on, but as of now, here’s what I’ve got.
I feel so much better than I did at the beginning of 2017, and I want to continue feeling healthy by taking care of my body and mind.
- Exercise regularly (4 days/week)
- De-stress daily
- Walk 10,000 steps daily
- Remember to take my vitamins (can’t get sick!)
- Drink plenty of water every day
- Take care of my teeth (I had a small cavity last year and I’d rather not have it happen again)
- Take care of my face (Been having trouble with skin breakouts)
- Eat less desserts (Too much sugar will make me sick or tired)
2017 was a huge year for me in terms of writing, and I want to challenge myself more. I still want to make writing a part of my daily routine, but I want to improve my skills in other ways, too. I’ve changed one thing from last year – I’m counting any type of voluntary creative writing as “writing,” so in other words, blogging now counts towards my writing goal.
- Participate in at least one Camp NaNoWriMo
- Win NaNoWriMo 2018 in November
- Keep up with Blogging
- Try new things with blogging (e.g. book reviews)
My big goal is to read 45 books total, 5 more than I did last year, but I also want to increase my reading horizons, so to speak, by trying out some new things.
With the genres I read in 2017 in mind, I decided I want to expand my horizons a little. I also didn’t re-read very many books in 2017, and I have some old favorites that I miss.
- Read 10 Nonfiction books
- Read 15 books from my TBR list (as opposed to spontaneous reads)
- Read 5 graphic novels
- Read 2 urban fantasy books
- Read 2 science fiction books
- Read 2 historical fiction books
- Read a short story anthology
- Read a book of poetry
- Start a new fiction series (& possibly finish it)
- Read a fiction author I haven’t read before
- Re-read the Gallagher Girls and The Lunar Chronicles books
I taught myself some new and cool things last year, and I want to continue practicing in those areas while also trying new things. This area will definitely get some more goals along the way, but right now, I’m focused on three things.
- Maintain my French skills
- Try 3 new hobbies
- Continue experimenting with HTML/CSS coding
For the most part of last year, I kept up with my daily Bible reading, and I want to continue my routine this year, along with some other things.
- Read the Bible every weekday (at least)
- Pray every morning
- Find a good church near school that I can attend regularly
- Get involved in some sort of church ministry near or at my school
I know a lot of this sounds ambitious right now, but I was ambitious last year, too, and I think I did pretty well in making progress towards my goals! Even if I don’t have an A+ in everything, I think there’s a lot to be said about how far I’ve come. I’m excited to see what the new year has in store for me!