Goal Setting for 2021
December 15, 2020 1 CommentCategory: Home Life, Organization, Personal
Tags: Goal setting, Goal tracking, Goals, Goat planning, 2021
As a busy, working mom, I need to be deliberate with my time and energy. (There aren’t enough hours in a day, am I right?!)
To help direct myself, I outline annual goals. These goals account for every part of my life from my career to my finances to my health to my family. I believe clearly articulating your thoughts, intentions and ambitions to paper is the first step to making them happen.
I also recognize the importance of being flexible and accepting that some things may be out of my control – hello, 2020! So I’ll simply do my best to achieve these goals and adjust / prioritize if necessary.
Here’s what I have mapped out for 2021. I will keep these goals next to my desk so they are not overlooked.
Work / Life Balance
When I started my business in 2016, my goal was to not only make over 6 figures doing something I loved, but to have a lot of flexibility with when, where and how much I worked. I was able to achieve this after 1 year and now my goal remains to keep my work / life balance as my top priority for 2021. Whether I have to work more efficiently, delegate or turn down work, my #1 goal is to balance working on my business, while managing my health and spending time with my children.
De-clutter my Inbox
Last January I did an inbox “clean out” and it was AMAZING! I was ruthless with unsubscribing from promotional emails which freed up lot of my time in the end. I intend to do the same overhaul in January and throughout the year as I receive emails that I am not interested in.
Attend Therapy Weekly
If 2020 taught me anything, its to make myself, my relationships and mental wellness a priority. I started therapy this past summer and commit to continuing weekly sessions that have been incredibly helpful.
Spend 20 Min at the End of Every Day Catching up with Bill
It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of life, so we have committed to a meaningful 1:1 “catch-up” every day. Whether we do this over dinner or in bed at night, we aim to debrief each other on our day, how we’re feeling and what’s going on.
Diversify my Income
95% of my income comes from SocialChow, my social media agency. 5% comes from affiliate marketing, Etsy, and my blog. I want to more smarter – not harder – to increase my passive income in 2021.
Plan a Trip for September 2021
We need something to look forward to when this is all over right?? Bill and I are planning to go on a vacation together (sans kids!) in fall.
Max out my Retirement Accounts
Every year I aim to contribute the limit to my SocialChow 401K ($19,500) and my ROTH IRA ($6,000). I make this a priority because 1) it reduces my taxable income 2) the impact of contributing now has massive implications on my future wealth (thank you compound interest!!). I also set up an automatic payment from my checking account to our brokerage account to ensure that I am consistently contributing (even if the amount I am contributing needs to be low).
1:1 time with Chloe & Jack
This past summer’s adventures with Chloe taught me that nothing is better than spending quality time with your child. I aim to do this with both Chloe and Jack next year.
Read 1 Book a Month and Finish Investing Course I am Taking Now
I’m a big advocate of continuous learning and have taken a recent interest in personal finance. Books on my list include: The Millionaire Next Door, A Simple Path to Wealth, and Zero to One.
Take a photography class
I take so many pictures on a regular basis, I want to learn how to take better pictures! (If anyone has a reco on a good one, pls shoot it over!)
At the beginning of every month, I write out a budget for our expenses and at the end of each month I reconcile with the actual numbers. This is something I started in 2020 and want to push myself to continue to do, as it keeps my spending and my goals in line.
Remember Birthdays and Send Cards
Being thoughtful and kind to those I care about it is really important to me so I keep track of birthdays in this spreadsheet and put reminders in my calendar to recognize these important dates.
Investigate Other Areas to Live
Moving has been on my brain for a few months now, so I want to continue our search and figure out what our options are for city / suburban living. The biggest piece of this puzzle is education for the kids and finding a long term schooling option that I feel confident in. Other items on my wish list: back yard for kids, walkable area / close to stores and restaurants, bigger than current house and close to family (15 mi tops).
Because it’s more fun to write out your goals in a nice template and keep them on display, I created these below. You can access them all on my Etsy page or click on each template below.
As always, thank you for your support in 2020. This blog – and the community I’ve built with it – have remained the biggest blessing of my MS diagnosis.