Last year I followed a few bloggers who were doing the 17 for 2017 goal-setting challenge. I loved the idea, but by the time I came across it the year was already well under way and I felt it was too late to join in and try catching up.
I wasn’t entirely sure I would try it this year either, but then (most unlike me) I started thinking about it in the run up to Christmas, and making a plan.
To start off I just wrote a list of everything I want to work on this year – things like making my Etsy shop more successful, getting my fitness back, and tidying up/decluttering my flat.
Then I had a play around putting them into order by priority level, and the amount of time it would take to achieve them. And finally I assigned them all to their number.
I’ll be honest; I’m not 100% convinced I’ll keep all of these goals in these formats, but it’s a starting point and gives me something to work towards. So here are my 18 for 2018 goals:
1 New blog followed per week
I love my blogging family and I’d love to grow it even more.
2 New stitches/techniques learned per month
I tend to stick with my favourite stitches in crochet, and I’d love to advance my knitting.
3 Instagram posts per week
This was supposed to be another avenue for advertising my shop, but I kinda failed last year. I’m hoping to fix that this year.
4 Exercise sessions per week
Oh I want to be fit and strong again!
5 Blog posts written per week
For more regular posting, but also to create a backlog that I can use as scheduled posts during busy weeks.
6 Patterns written up
I think this will be the year I really get into writing patterns. I’ve already made a start on one and I enjoyed the process.
7 Rooms in my flat sorted
There are still some boxes I have never unpacked since I moved into this flat 9 months ago, plus I’m just a messy person. It needs sorting.
8 Minutes of writing per day
This could be blogs, short stories, or the novel I’ve been working on for years. Doesn’t matter, just as long as I get my creative writing muscles flexing.
9 pm bed time
I need a lot of sleep. A lot. But I would also like to start getting up early enough to exercise before work like I used to, so the only answer is to get to bed on time.
10% of wages saved
My friend in New Zealand is getting married this year, and going to that will wipe out pretty much all of my savings. This goal will hopefully build them back up again pretty quickly.
11 Items listed in my shop
I was utterly rubbish with this last year. Time to sort myself out.
12 Hand-written letters sent
My friends and I used to write letters to each other regularly, but at some point we got out of the habit. I’m determined to get back into it again.
13 New recipes tried
I get bored easily.
14 Meet ups with friends
I had a looooooot of problems last year, and one of my coping mechanisms (which turned out to be hindrance rather than help) was to withdraw from pretty much everyone. I’m an introvert so I do need my alone time, but I refuse to let it slide into loneliness again.
15 Birthdays on time
Confession: I still haven’t sent a present to my friend whose birthday was in September. I’m great at buying/making the presents, now I just need to get myself to the post office and send them on time!
16 Christmas cards made
The hope being that I won’t need a frantic making sessions in the second week of December.
17 Birthday cards made
Partly ties in with 15, but I’m also hoping to build up some stock for the shop.
18 Items decluttered
I have too much stuff. Nuff said.
I’m a bit of a nerd, so I printed off a chart for tracking them all weekly and it’s going to be pinned to my bedroom mirror so I can keep an eye on it as the year goes on. They’re even colour-coded by weekly/monthly/yearly goals.
Wish me luck!