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April 2017 Goals

April 5, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Welcome to April’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!


Here’s the lowdown on last month’s goals: March got away from me. Heck, it’s a week into April and I’m only know sharing my April goals. Give me a break. I did manage to read three books that I really enjoyed, but that was the only goal I actually got done.

I feel like even though my word of the year is focus, I wasn’t doing that good of a job actually being focused. I was setting too many goals for arbitrary reasons. THere’s a difference between a goal and an item on my todo list and I was conflating the too for the sake of getting things done.

When I did my quarterly refresh, revisiting my goals for the year, how I’m doing on them, and whether or not any changes need to be made, I trimmed the fat on my goals from 10 to 6. By focusing on the things that are really important to me, I give myself the time, space, and energy to devote to those goals.

Remember, there is no formula for goal setting. What works for me might now work for you and vice versa. Right now, though, this is what I need to do to set myself up for success. On to the next month…



April’s Goals

Read // Read 2 Books. Just chugging along on my reading train with the goal of reading 30 books this year.

Crossfit // Twenty times this month. I’ve got no travel going on so there’s no reason I shouldn’t hit this.

Money // Pay off Southwest Card. I’m so close I can taste it.

BD // Finish email series for BD. Maybe I’ll do this some day.

Data // First write up and plan for new data project. I have my macros data set and I’m going to try some fancy analysis and visualizations on it as my first project.

Tech // Watch Generation Startup. I’ve seen it once, but now I can’t wait to watch it with Casey. Man, I love the fellows. I can’t believe this is fiiiiiinally going to be on Netflix!

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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