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2017 Goals & Focus

January 1, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie

If you’re new to Burke Does, you may be wondering why I would want to publish my month goals and share my failures and vulnerabilites right with my successes. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.

This all started out as I learned to set goals. After many months of setting goals where I was never successful, I have learned to set goals that are meaningful and help me towards my bigger aim. I use my Powersheets from the Cultivate What Matters shop to help me stay focused on my big picture goals.

I set weekly goals over on Emilie’s To Do Lists. This is part of my goal-setting system. I set my big-picture (6-month or 12-month) goals at the beginning of each year. Every month, I spend time deciphering what I will take on to get me towards my bigger goals by setting the monthly goals you will see below. Every week I actively work towards my goals by making a plan to do so.

I use the system that I learned in Asana for Bloggers to manage the different aspects of my life. As not-a-fulltime-blogger, I have to use productivity systems to help me manage my tasks. I spent most of my 2016 focusing on establishing productivity systems that helped me get to where I am today. You can see my 2017 goals here and here.

If you’re interested in starting to change your productivity now, you can download my Weekly Kickstart to help you get things going!

Word of the Year: Focus

In late October, I read a Facebook status by Latisha Styles about the power of finishing one thing before starting the next. It stuck with me so much that in I referenced it in my Weekly Reflection that week and decided I would try to put it into place in my lifestyle. It didn’t take that long for me to appreciate the power of this approach.

Between work, lifting, this space, my online presences around the web, and the things I have in mind, I sometimes feel scatterbrained. Toggling between email and writing a blog post doesn’t work. Trying to write and brainstorm and meal plan doesn’t work. Watching Netflix and strategic planning doesn’t work. (Washing dishes while listening to a podcast does work, though!) When it comes to using my brain, I can only focus on one things at a time in order to get things done.

Rather than spending 90 minutes toggling between email and the blog post I’m trying to write, I’m going to spend 40 minutes doing each, only focused on that one thing, and end up saving myself ten minutes! In the last two months, I’ve felt the power of focusing on one thing at a time, so this year, in an effort to get more done than ever before, my word of the year is FOCUS.

I will focus on getting it all done.

2017 Goals

Read 30 books in 2017.

In 2016, I read 26 books. Thirty books is a 15% increase. I spent two months not reading anything last year, so I’m hoping that that will help me make this goal a reality.

Pray more so that I can strength by relationship with Him.

In the second half of the year, my prayer life really struggled. This year, I would like to work to be better in my prayer life.

Freewrite more often.

I haven’t exactly kept it a secret that I’ve been struggling with writing over the last couple of months. I’m hoping that freewriting more will help me with that.

Get into the fittest shape of my life.

This is a bit of a misnomer because I am currently in the best shape of my life, but this is my way of continuing to get into even better shape. I’m working out 4-6 times per week religiously. I’m tracking my eating. I’m hoping to add a second workout at some point in the coming months.

Give more money and time.

I give charitable gifts every month (as a Roman Catholic, we believe in monetary offerings, but tithing is not necessarily part of our practices) to BA and I give eery time we go to Church, but I would like to start giving more. Moreover, I’d like to start giving my time.

Pay off all my credit card debt, my Upstart loan, and my ECSI loan. [Everything but my car.]

I shared more about my financial goals here. I want to change my finances by 30K this year!

Earn $24,000 gross in freelance income and launch one passive income product.

This is the goal!

Reach 10,000 page views per month and two thousand email subscribers.

Speaks for itself!

Finish ONE needlepoint belt this year.

I’ve been trying to finish ONE needlepoint belt since I graduated from college a year and a half ago! I’m going to focus on just one!

Build a remote-friendly professional network so that I can spend my energy on worthwhile things.

This is my one professional goal for the year!

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Emilie is a data engineer by day and lifestyle blogger by night. A Jersey girl at heart, she is currently living in her fifth home in three years, Savannah, GA with her college sweetheart. She’s learned the hard way that home is wherever the Army sends them. She enjoys eating food, cuddling with her dog, and binge watching HGTV.