Hello dear readers and welcome to the third post in the New Year’s Goals and Resolutions Blog Tour. If you are just now joining us, this is the schedule:
Autumn Rebecca/Sunshine in the Haze discussing completing goals and setting new ones,
Isabella Daou/ The Public-Schooled Christian discussing goals for the school year,
Desiree Flaming/Flight Patterns discussing ways to organize and keep track of your goals,
Ava Coulter/Ava Coulter discussing productivity and consistency in writing.
Emma Thrasher/Roses of Grace discussing how we can think Biblically about productivity and not go insane in the process
And if you’ve been following along already, thank you so much for your support and we'll continue to write content to bless and enrich your lives.
New Year’s resolutions and vows of self improvement are common in January, but so often they fizzle out. Once you’ve decided to set goals, it can be hard to carry through due to forgetfulness, discouragement, and procrastination.
March (or January 10th) rolls around and you find yourself wondering “what was my goal again?”
That is why goal setting tools are important. Here are some tools for organization, and how I’ve streamlined them to require the least work possible. (Sometimes being lazy comes in handy.)
Tool #1) Bullet Journal.
You’ve likely seen pictures of gorgeous, frame-worth bullet journal spreads and though, “I could never do that.”
The beauty of a bullet journal, however, lies in its flexibility. It’s supposed to be utilitarian, a tool for you to use, not a museum piece.
If you are unfamiliar with bullet journals, here are the basic steps for setting one up:
★ Pick a sturdy notebook that you can carry around. Preferably with dotted, grid ruled, or blank pages. 8"x 5" is a great size.
★ Skip 2 pages. One will become your title page with your name, contact info, and the date you start the journal. The other is for if you end up needing a table of contents.
★ Draw in either a monthly calendar, weekly planner, (or both) for your current month.
★ Your bullet journal is where you keep track of lists, schedules, goals, brainstorms all in one place.
★ TIP: Start very simple. You can always go back and decorate it, but you don’t want to decorate first then run out of time to use the journal.
★ My bullet journal has
▸ a monthly calendar,
▸ event info,
▸ to-do lists,
▸ blog post brainstorm lists,
▸ my school class schedule,
▸ ideas for quilts,
▸ my TBR (to-be-read) list,
▸ a list of quotes, song lyrics, & Bible verses,
▸ supply and shopping lists,
▸ time logs for work and writing,
▸ and my goals.
The wonderful thing about having goals in your bullet journal is that when you write out your schedule or calendar or make a to-do list, your goals are only a few pages away. It’s not hard to get into the habit of referring to them each month as you make a new section in your journal, which is what I recommend you do.
Tool #2 Whiteboard.
Whiteboards, or bulletin boards, or even glass mirrors all work well as command hubs to write, pin, or tape your goals and tasks to. (Whiteboard markers work on some mirrors, but be sure to test them first.) This tool keeps everything important right in front of your face, and lets you switch things out when you finish something or want to add something new.
If you are feeling extra organizational this January, color code your sticky notes. But just like with bullet journalling, this is a tool for you, you are not a slave to the tool. Be flexible and adjust as needed.
Tool #3 Accountability
Okay, so this isn’t something you can touch like a journal or a whiteboard. But goodness is it helpful if you want to be productive! There are several ways to incorporate accountability into your life. The first is with an accountability group. This a group of people who share their goals (and the next steps needed to achieve their goals) then encourage and hold the other group members accountable.
Sometimes all you need or want is a partner. A sibling works wonderfully. (When else do they get to tell you what to do?) Or a friend that you can text.
Whichever method you pick, phone timers and alarms are helpful to remind you to check in with your people.
This might sound super dumb and basic. But accountability has a power like you wouldn't believe. Just the task of writing out my goals for my accountability group each Monday keeps me focused and driven. One of my partners has a knack for texting me when I'm most distracted.
Between a bullet journal, whiteboard, and accountability, this can be the year you knock your goals out of the park. I can't wait to hear about it!
When you have a good accountability partner they can even point out if you’re doing too much and remind you to rest.
I hope you’ve been enjoying this blog tour and make sure to catch Ava and Emma’s posts next week. While you’re waiting, you can go back to Autumn and Isabella’s posts! What are your goals? Tell me in the comments below. I always love hearing from you.