Goals for 2019

At the beginning of the year, we all set resolutions and hope that we are able to fulfill our wishes. Well, I don’t believe in making resolutions. Instead, I like to make S.M.A.R.T goals. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely goals. I’ve adapted this from the model we use in Head Start. I’m currently a social work intern with the Las Cruces Public Schools Head Start Program. We follow this model when working with our parents. Well, I’m a parent and I use this all the time.

So, in 2019, I’ve decided to keep my goals on a monthly basis. I figured, if I stick to a month, it gives me time to reach goals or to monitor my progress. This year, I have a few major goals I’m wanting to achieve.

Yearly Goals I’m hoping to Achieve

First, this is my last semester in my Bachelor’s level of study. In May, God willing, I’ll graduate with my degree! I’m so excited and I hope that everything falls into place. I plan to work hard to ensure that I’ll achieve this major milestone.

Second, I want to finish/edit/revise my current WIPs on Wattpad. If you don’t know, I post fanfiction and other stories on Wattpad. You can click here: My Wattpad Profile if you wish to check out any of my first draft/unedited/unrevised stories. My goal is to begin editing and sprucing up my WIPs. I hope that I’ll be able to complete them by the end of the year.

As always, some of our goals can be bigger than we think. Life happens and we tend to have hurdles thrown in our path. The important thing is to roll with punches, as they say.

In order to keep track of my goals, I’ll be updating my blog with goal updates throughout the year. I might label them all, Goal Check, or Goal Updates. We’ll see how I feel in a month.

So, here are my goals for January.

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January Goals

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  • Get organized! How? Planners, of course. I plan everything in different calendars and planners. My goal for the month is to create a schedule for school, work, and writing. By getting organized, I can better track my progress.
  • Creative Space Finder! What is this? Well, I like to find creative places to do my homework or to write. I also have creative places around town, I like to read. So, you have to find a place that will fuel your creativity. Where can you be the most productive?
  • Self-Care Time! Always remember to take care of your needs. Take breaks when you need them. I love to do Yoga and Zumba. It relaxes me, pumps up my energy, and I feel healthy. Outside of physical exercise, I read, play with my kids, or take long walks. Whatever gives you an emotional reprieve, do it. Self-care is really important.
  • Expand Knowledge! I always like to do things that are outside my comfort zone. I feel the more you learn, the better you become. Read a different genre, try writing in a genre you’re not comfortable with, or simply try a different writing technique. I do this often to challenge myself. It’s easy, just try. If it doesn’t work for you, try something else.
  • Establish a writing regimen! Personally, I try to stick to a schedule, but life gets in the way. As a wife, mom, and student, you can only imagine what my day looks like. It changes often, and without warning. So, I fit it in when I can. Well, I have been known to. My goal this month is to try and establish a regular schedule. I’ll track my progress and keep you all updated. I sense this will change. A lot.

 

These are my monthly goals. I hope that I can monitor them and achieve them. However, if I don’t, I won’t fret. They can roll over into February as long as I don’t give up. I’m going easy on myself. I don’t want to burn myself out.

What are your January Goals?

Leave your goals in the comments and let me know how you monitor and achieve them in steps. I hope you have a wonderful and productive month.

Happy New Year!

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