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December 2017 Goals

December 1, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Welcome to December’s goal setting report where I show you progress on last month’s goals, how I set goals, and set new goals for the month.

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 life. I spent most of my 2016 focusing on establishing productivity systems that helped me get to where I am today.

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

November’s Goal

Read 2 books ✅ Yes! This month I finished Reset by Ellen Pao and The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach.

On track with Udacity Course ❎ Nope, I didn’t quite catch up, but I still made some progress. Thanksgiving kept me from really catching up.

Get back into a gym routine ❎ Meh. Quite the opposite.

Catch up on writing about the events I’ve attended ✅ I wrote about Brasil and Europe and decided not to write about the conferences.

Blog 6 times ✅  I published EXACTLY 6 times this month! Goals, France, Spain + Portugal, Gym Is Not LifeDebt Update, ➕ Morning Routine Experiment

Finalize Wedding Budget with Casey ✅ Yes! We have the whole budget written out, a plan for paying for the wedding (IN CASH!!!), and a nice buffer fund.

Financial projections for my business ✅ My friend Max helped me create my forecast and projections for 2018! If you’re a business owner and need help, I am happy to introduce you!!

Monster student loan payment ✅ As I shared in my debt update, I paid over $2500 towards my student loan this month!!

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December’s Goals

The word of the year I set for myself was FOCUS. I think this is still true. In fact, I think that this refining of my goal setting approach is just a push for me to be even more focused! I set out to really tap into my state of focus this year, and I’m still working to get there.

What are my values?

The guiding values that I’ve set out for my year are:

  • Infinite Learning
  • Spirituality
  • Writing
  • Fitness
  • Charity
  • Financial
  • Relationship
  • Managing Technology
  • Professional/Career

Which values do I want to work on this month?

  • Infinite Learning
  • Fitness
  • Writing
  • Relationship

What goals do I want to set this month? How do those goals fit in with the values I want to work on this month?

  • Infinite Learning
    • Finish the 3 started books I have right now
    • Finish the 3 projects I need to be on track with my course work
    • Finish Powersheets Prep Work
  • Fitness
    • Go to the gym 12 times
  • Writing
    • Stick to my editorial calendar!
  • Relationship
    • Wedding Planning Progress
    • Celebrate our Anniversary

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

 

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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.