With 2016 upon us, everyone is posting their 2016 New Years Resolutions. I strongly believe in setting goals, which is why I’m referring to this post as “goals” and not “resolutions.” A “resolution” is a firm decision to do or not to do something, which is wrong, because it doesn’t allow room to change strategies mid-year, which is bound to happen, things don’t always go as a planned. A “goal” is a personal ambition or effort with a desired result, which is much more inline with my way of thinking.
A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. -Bruce Lee
Why do I believe this is so important? I want to give myself parameters so I stay focused and prioritized.
I’m doing it a little different this year, by keeping the S.M.A.R.T. acronym goal system. This will help ensure my goals are actually achieved. Also, I’ll added checkpoints in on Google Calendar to make sure things stay on course.
Without further ado, here are my New Years Goals for 2016…
- Work out 3x a week starting immediately (On Google Calendar)
- Continue building wardrobe by March (On Google Calendar)
- Rent current property and make residual income for the first time in my life sometime in April (TBD)
- Purchase a second place – condo downtown or house sometime in April (TBD)
- Travel to at least a new destination – Asia, Eastern Europe, or South America by May (planning on Google Calendar)
- Play at least 3 new songs on Piano by end of year (On Google Calendar)
- Blog travel journeys starting with my first trip sometime in May (TBD)
- Continue interior design of my bedroom & living room sometime in September (TBD)
- Limit Freelance Projects to none – wrap up Platinum Wing & Ana Miranda Fitness as soon as possible by January (Time allocated on Google Calendar)
- Create one app from scratch and submit to app store by May (TBD)
- Become more seasoned Senior UX Designer at work by creating a brand creation methodology at Illumina by June (TBD)
- Upload current work to Behance and Personal Website by June (TBD)
- Talk to family twice a month immediately (On Google Calendar)
As I wrote this list, I realized how much I am going to set out to do this year.There are so many details I want to get into on each of them, but I will determine those when I begin, and maybe use those for future blog posts. I will place check-in points at the end of each quarter.
Keep in mind flexibility is key here, and things will change and be removed and updated from this list.
What are your New Year’s Goals? Let me know in the comments.