A new year is finally here. Which means it’s time to start really plotting out those January 2018 Goals. It’s a fresh start as they say to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Goals are only dreams until you set an action plan for how to achieve them.
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Planning The New Year Ahead
I purchased my new 2018 hardbound Erin Condren Planner a few weeks ago and I couldn’t wait until the new year to start jotting down ideas on post-it notes and apply them to each month of things I already knew I had to accomplish for that month, birthdays and some January 2018 Goals.
I’ll spend a few hours today finishing up my monthly plan for January as well as putting this week’s tasks and goals down.
I also changed my theme on my blog hoping that this change will make it much easier to navigate on the site and help me be more productive with sharing things with all of you. I’ll be working on those finishing touches as time allows throughout the week.
REFLECTION AND ENCOURAGEMENT
In the last few days, I’ve also taken a little bit of time to reflect on this past year’s work, family life, health goals, and blog posts before looking forward to the next.
I’d love to share this reflection with you and encourage you to do a similar look back on whatever reflections of this past year brought before jumping into new resolutions.
After all, how can we choose what direction to head in without understanding where we’ve been, what has worked, and what hasn’t, right? And with that…Here are the Top 10 Blog Posts from 2017 by Noel’s Kitchen Tips readers.
Top 10 Blog Posts From 2017
- 21 Day Fix Homemade Crunchy Granola
- Homemade Cranberry Juice
- Grandma’s Tomato Sauce
- Mexican Taco Meat
- How To Plan a Family Trip To Disneyland On A Budget
- I’m Couponing To Disney
- In Life, You Have 3 Choices
- To Change Your Life You Need To Change Your Priorities
- Organize Your Kitchen: Shortcuts To A Well Organized Kitchen
- Eating Healthy On A Budget
January 2018 Goals:
- Set Monthly 2018 Biz and Personal Goals – (Here’s an easy way to set monthly goals).
At the beginning of each month, I’ll make a list of realistic goals I want to accomplish for the month. I have numerous ideas. There are a lot of exciting things that I’m hoping 2018 will bring and there are so many things I want to achieve in the new year, both for myself and for my biz. Goals are only dreams until you set an action plan for how to achieve them.
- Create a Vision Board
I had created a vision board a few years ago when I first began my coaching career as a Beachbody coach a few years ago and sadly never kept my focus. I’m hoping with a new year, a new vision board and hard planning it will be successful.
- Celebrate Annual Family Vacation
Saving More Money
- Monthly Savings Challenge
I decided a little later in the year last year to start saving money by doing a $3 a week savings challenge. With the holiday season, it was a bit of a challenge, so I’m resuming it again this month. My goal for the end of the year is $4,134.
- Reach Daily Swagbucks Goals (Daily Tasks)
This may sound odd to some of you. However, this is a HUGE part in how I earn our FREE family vacations, buy birthday presents and even Christmas presents each year. It’s our family way to coupon to Disney!
- Weekly Meal Plan (Weekly Tasks)
Eating meals at home with our families is a great way for families to reconnect and develop relationships as well as customize our families’ meals and good nutrition habits. Not to mention, it saves you money.
- 10,000 Steps A Day/Self Care
I think I speak for all us #moms when I say that self-care is always a struggle! It’s something that I tend to neglect until I really need it. This year, I am making it a goal of mine to focus more on self-care, getting those 10,000 steps in daily and get my body moving more frequently.
At one point, I was walking at least 5-6 times a week, 5 miles a day but honestly, it’s probably been a few months since I’ve done that.
But I plan on tracking those healthy habits using my Fitbit and writing each of those daily steps in my planner. Let me know if you’ll be doing this as well and we can keep each other accountable to following through with it.
- Monthly Blog Stats
I love using the “Monthly Goals” section at the start of each month in my planner. Starting this month, I ‘ll have my monthly goals written out in that section. This is where I’ll write out my monthly stat goals for Noel’s Kitchen Tips, so I will be implementing strategies for how I can get my page views higher in the new year and hopefully increasing my pageviews further the rest of the year. I slacked off big time last year and this year, I’m excited to have a new theme to work with.
- Social Media Engagement
For January, I am looking to increase my Instagram and Pinterest following by 150, Facebook by 35 and add 20 more people to my new email list. This is something I think a lot of us fellow bloggers and content creators are always trying to do.
By coming up with a goal for ourselves, we can implement strategies and check back every once in a while to see what strategies are working and which ones aren’t.
- Plan A New Etsy Store
Yes, this is an idea I thought of creating monthly family friendly meal plans, grocery lists and recipes at a low cost to families. Right now, I’m looking into the technical programs that can help me pull it all together. But don’t worry, you’ll still get some freebies here on Noel’s Kitchen Tips.
In 2018 I want to focus on buying less stuff and putting that money towards family experiences together instead. Starting off with planning, cooking, and eating wholesome, simple healthy meals. And, I’d really like to better invest in those friendships that are meaningful to me.
I want to continue to grow this space, share more openly with you my readers, and connect more deeply.
Above all, I want a meaningful time with my family.
Thank you all for being such a big part of my life. I hope that by sharing my January 2018 goals that you find some tips for planning your new year. Thank you for caring about my family, for engaging in conversation with me and with each other, and for sharing my posts with your friends.
I’m so grateful for this space because it provides me an outlet for creativity and connection., but there’d be no connection without you!
Cheers to a full new year- full of joy, love, purpose, and promise. <3