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January 2017 Goals

January 3, 2017
AUTHOR: Emilie
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Welcome to January’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!

December’s Goals

Blog // Finish 2017 Editorial Calendar & Put it into Asana. FAIL. I got Q1 done and then hated it and scrapped it all! Back to the drawing board here.

Productivity // Expand morning routine into the day, until lunchtime. SUCCESS. I am so good at routines.

Financial // Rebuild $1000 Emergency Fund. SUCCESSIt is rebuilt! FINALLY!

Fitness // Figure out working out while traveling. SUCCESS. I had success in Nashville. I still got my workouts in and I got my first pull ups!

Learn // Finish First $500 Course from Latisha Styles and start OM Ruby (December 12). SUCCESS. I finished the First $500 Course in the first week of the month. I actually deferred out of OM Ruby and will be takin OM Python in January instead.

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Build // Just keep tinkering with my web app for at least 30 minutes per week. FAIL. I didn’t touch it at all this month.

Read // Two books. SUCCESS. This month I read Sacred Spaces: My Journey to the Heart of Military Marriage, Make it Happen by Lara Casey, and Your Playbook For Tough Times: Living Large On Small Change, For The Short Term Or The Long Haul. That’s three books! Bringing this year’s total to 26! That’s great for this year.

Home // Go through the craft supplies on the bottom of the bookshelf and decide what stays and what goes. SUCCESS. Yep! All craft supplies have been purged!!

Professional // Start planning an InGear Career/Tech Ladies thing. FAIL. My repeated requests for chats unfortunately got snubbed. I will be working on an hour-long curriculum in the mean time.

Savor // The Holidays and Decorating and Being with Casey. SUCCESS. These holidays were great. Casey is the bomb. My heart was so full.

January’s Goals

Read // Read 2 Books. I want to read Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings Are Revolutionizing Retail first. Keeping an open mind for my second book!

Financial // Maintain Emergency Fund at 1K for the entire month. I’ve had to dip in to this a lot lately and hopefully this month I am back on the right track. I will keep this at 1K for the entire month before shifting focuses to my Southwest CC again.

Financial // Stick to Spending Budget and maintain Spending Log. This January, I gave myself a very strict budget! Despite my two weeks of being away from home, I’m hoping to really stick to it. I would like to really be successful this month at hitting all my financial goals!

BD // Launch new thing. Not much more to say here, but a there’s a thing that’s leading to a thing. And I won’t ruin it by telling you about it!

BD // Make a plan for full portfolio of sites. The Burke Does umbrella is growing so quickly! I just need to sit down and do a plan. I think Casey is going to be gone this weekend and if that’s the case, I think there’s going to be some serious content strategy brainstorming! Stickies everywhere!!

Productivity // Track one 168 Hour Week. I loved reading I Know How She Does It last year! (My review here.) I did my own 168 Hour Week afterwards and exchanged emails with Laura Vanderkam about it. I am hoping to do it again in January!

Professional // Stay on-track on One Month Python Course. This will be the great opportunity for me to dig into Python which I will need for the next course I’m working on.

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Professional // Work on IGC <> TL event. Unfortunately, I’m at the mercy of other people here and by my first impressions, I don’t know if this will happen, but I’m still going to give it MY full try.

Giving // Identify places to volunteer in Raeford. One of my goals for 2017 is to give more of my time (and money), so I need to find places to volunteer so that I can find the right one for me.

Stitching // Finish North Carolina Needlepoint Ornament. I need to spend some time (setting on the coach watching Netflix) while stitching. I love stitching but I have to make time for it purposefully.

Here’s to starting 2017 strong!!

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


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.