Last month I shared with you all my goals and resolutions for 2017. Until this point, I had never formally written down my goals and taken action steps toward making them happen. Can you believe it? I started my frugal living journey because I wanted to live a more meaningful life and become disconnected from my obsession with stuff. For years, I struggled with overspending and being discontent with the things I already had. I made huge goals for myself in hopes of achieving this dream of mine, only to find myself no closer than when I had started.
I was tired of not reaching my goals and being disappointed when I was stuck in the same place a year later. I was desperate to see even the slightest bit of progress, and ended up no closer to my goals than I was when I made them. It was because of this great failure that I learned how to achieve my goals.
The Secret to Achieving Big Goals
Believe it or not, there is a science to achieving big goals. Whether you are trying to finally lose the weight you’ve been trying to get rid of for years, or just put your life back together, my system will work for you. It all starts with breaking down your goals into bite-sized chunks. Seems simple enough, right? I’m going to take it a step further and show you how I’ve taken my goals for this year, and broken them down into bite-sized chunks to achieve my big goals for the year.
Read Two Books
My personal growth goal for this year is to read 24 books. To keep on track, I’ve challenged myself to read two books every month to reach my goal of 24 by December. I know two books may not sound like much, but I don’t exactly have a track record for finishing books in a timely manner. I started a book club, which you can read more about here, to help hold myself accountable for this goal. If you’re interested in joining my book club, join our Facebook group here.
Declutter and Reorganize our Dining Room
Last month, I took the liberty of finally getting rid of our MASSIVE pile of Amazon boxes. I wish I had taken a picture because there was an entire year’s supply of boxes in our dining room. I got rid of all the boxes and began sorting the contents of the room. It would appear that a number of items have decided to take residence in our dining room that don’t belong. I was able to send three trash bags full of stuff to Goodwill! I hope to finish selling the remaining items in the dining room over the next few months so we can eliminate that clutter and reorganize our overflowing stockpile.
Take 5 Courses, Webinars, and Challenges
Over the course of two years, I have signed up for email courses, webinars, and god knows how many different online courses. The kicker? I haven’t completed even close to half of them! So this year, one of my big goals was to finally finish all of them! So, I created a schedule of all the courses I need to go through, webinars I need to watch, and challenges to take this year. This month I’ll be completing the following:
- Take the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge (this one will be ongoing)
- Complete Elite Blog Academy (this will be ongoing)
- Take the 365 Questions Challenge (this will be ongoing)
- Watch the List Building Bash Webinar by Allison Marshall
- Evergreen Content Challenge
Save $500 for our Honeymoon
The Fiance and I will be getting married this year! After a long discussion, we’ve decided on our honeymoon destination! To reach our goal by October, we will need to be saving $500 a month. My goal for each month is to earn/save $500 to put toward our Honeymoon.
Plan One Date Night
One of my goals for this year was to spend more quality time with my Fiance. This year I want to make date night a priority by planning at least one special date night every month.
Have Weekly Budget Meetings with the Fiance
One of my goals for this year was to stay on budget every single month this year. To help reach this goal, I’m planning weekly budget meetings with my Fiance to crunch numbers and make sure we are on the right track.
Try a No Eating Out Week
Food is top priority in our home. We love trying new foods and love to eat out. There’s nothing wrong with eating out every now and then, but lately we’ve been eating out too much. So this month we are going to try a no eating out week to help us eat out less.
By breaking down your big goals, you are able to create a road map to help you achieve them. Now it’s your turn! Below you’ll find a Free Printable Goal Setting Worksheet to help you break down your big goals into small chunks.
Make sure you’re not only making goals, but writing them down as well. Writing down your goals helps ensure you don’t forget them later on and serves as a constant reminder of the things you hope to achieve someday.