Now is a great time of year to think about our goals, so I’ve put together a few ideas that will hopefully be helpful.
If you’re here to quickly skim, all the information (and related links!) are below. Or if you’d like me to read them to you and share more details, click the “play” button above!
The idea for this post came when someone in our ARISE community posted this:
I responded that there are a few things–and I don’t necessarily look at all of them every day, but this is what helps me over the course of each week/month/year:
(1) My “Daily Reminders” Note in Evernote
I create a new one each quarter or so, and it holds my key goals, quotes/scriptures that speak to me, images that inspire me, specific things I want to remember, and insights I’ve received throughout the month.
(2) A Collage of Papers On the Back of My Bedroom Door
These include my word for the year, a hand-drawn picture with lots of images that represent who I want to become personally, as part of our family, and professionally/in my volunteer work.
Next to that, I have a list of specific goals I am working toward this year (like finishing a book in Spanish, doing consistent getaways as a couple, planning weekly as a family, getting 8 hours of sleep, etc. These are all inside my “Daily Reminders” note, as well. I also post my two questions that I ask at the end of each day. There is a video linked at the bottom of this page with more details, if you’d like, but these are the questions:
- Am I healthy, happy, and aligned with God?
- Have I lived my purpose deliberately, doing one day’s share?
I’m working on my collage for next year right now, and if you want to be part of our ARISE membership, we have a template and everything put together for you! (The link to ARISE is included later, too!)
(3) My Sticker Chart
This is a kind-of-silly routine that represents my progress outside of my comfort zone that will lead me toward those goals that are inside my Daily Reminders and written on the goal sheet on the back of my door. I’ll add a link to our printable template and details on how I set up this routine, if you’re feeling excited about creating your own sticker chart!
(4) Current Projects List
This is a monthly list of no more than 8 multi-step tasks (projects) that have my focus. As I create this list at the beginning of each month, I make sure that the projects align with my goals for the year and will help me grow into the person I ultimately want to become.
This project list starts out in Asana, where I have my personal, family, and professional projects listed in tiers (current, in progress, next in line, someday, and finished). But I also keep the list on a chalkboard in my office and on a sticky note in my paper planner–just so I can see it regularly and make sure I don’t get distracted. 🙂
Sometimes my daughters decorate the chalkboard for me!
(5) Weekly Planning
Each week, I check my Current Projects List and make sure my Weekly Context-Based Next Actions List and calendar will support those Current Projects.
My two-minute planner tour is linked at the bottom of this post if you want to see how my Next Actions are set up…
(6) Calendar and Daily Task List
Achieving our “ultimate goals” eventually comes down to what we do on a daily basis. Once I have my big-picture vision, my monthly focus, and my weekly list prepared, it’s primarily a matter of aligning my daily calendar and task list to those stated plans.
Over time, it all works together (even though there are definitely ups and downs and edits along the way), and my STEP Command Central keeps everything flowing because it’s a trusted system that allows my mind to be in the moment.
Life doesn’t always feel simple, and I often feel like I have to fight for my goals because a lot of unexpected things pop up, but that steady progression toward goals that lift our spirits does make an impact–on our own lives, our families, and hopefully on the broader world.
Of course this process outlined above isn’t the only way to do it…but it’s been working for me for years and years, and I genuinely feel excited at the beginning of each year because I have confidence that my goals will actually be achieved. (I want you to feel this way, too!)
Take some time to think about the “big picture” for your life, write down who you want to become and what you’d like to achieve next year, and then, if you haven’t already, learn how to create your own Current Projects List and Context-Based Next Actions List. (Our free training, How to Finally Stop Drowning in Piles can show you how, if you’re new! And if you’re part of Steps to Everyday Productivity and/or ARISE, there’s a link at the top of this page where you can log into your programs!)
We are cheering you on and hope that next year is your very best so far!
Related Links and Information Shared in the Post/Podcast
Our Podcast and YouTube Directory
Evernote – This is Where I House My Daily Reminders
ARISE membership! Come and access our new template to create your vision page for next year. Plus, we just added the audio and digital versions of my book Thursdays with Zoe. (There’s lots more inside, as well!)
Video: Two questions I ask myself every day
Podcast #1 about Michael Hyatt Best Year Ever
Podcast #2 about Michael Hyatt Best Year Ever
Facebook Post about overwhelmed people being wrongfully judged
***If you want a picture of you posted inside my podcast room so I can see you while I record, OR if you’d like a before and after photo of your home or Command Central on the wall in my office, we are compiling them and printing them out! Please email your picture to [email protected] 🙂
Do you need a STEP Command Central to help you organize your life?
Please find my before and after pictures below. With the pandemic I’ve had to work from home since Feb 2020, and this will carry on for the foreseeable future.
So the spare room got rearranged and a desk added, but as this had started out as temporary and I had less space than my office at work, things just got added to piles, and then piles got added to piles.
Also I had wanted to use the desk space for my stuff, my creative side and for further learning.
I had tried to make myself a comfortable area, but it had no structure, and looked like this all the time (see photo below).
Then I found STEP. Omg did it make complete sense, or what.
On paper I was already pretty organised for work, I had a master list of dates or day things had to be done and each month I updated my calendar with this. But the weekly review is a game changer for me. Same with my personal diary, I use an online one and it’s linked with my hubby, but sitting a reviewing it weekly is such a simple concept but utterly mind blowing.
I just had never translated my paper organisational to the stuff that was in my inbox, on my desk and generally around me.
Now I love my area and every night I can clear my work stuff away soo easily, and get on with my personal stuff, which has its own command central.
I’m now taking online classes and looking at changing my career, I’ve also taken a volunteer admin role for a charity.
We are sending SO much love, and we are grateful to each one of you for your participation and support here at LearnDoBecome! Thank you, thank you–and we hope to work with you more in the future!
What did you mean in the podcast “Have I lived my purpose deliberately doing one day share?”
April Perry says
Hi Sherrie! Great question! More details are in this video: https://learndobecome.com/two-questions-i-ask-myself-every-day/ Have an amazing day!
Jovita G says
Think 🤔 about it. If you decided to erase your old podcasts it would be like erasing the first time you realize how much you love planners. That’s not cool. 😳😢 You and your first available podcasts have been with me, getting me through my beautiful chaos of a life. I added the beautiful because I strive to see that silver lining inside the chaos. And you and the LDB team and all future podcasts will be with me too. And thank y’all all so very much for all that y’all do and the families too for supporting y’all each day behind the scenes. Y’all are amazing. 💕
Master mind class?
P.s. my mommy chose not to teach me Spanish. When my daughters were in elementary the had a class for the Spanish mommies to learn English and I went in to learn Spanish. If you do use it , you will lose it. I could only talk to 5 year olds lol 😂 lucky at the time I worked as a home visitor for head start, the Hispanic families and I did a ton of laughing ( there’s just some words in Spanish that should Never leave my lips because it comes out All wrong! 🙃😜😅)
April Perry says
Thank you for all your encouragement, Jovita!! I am so proud of you and the growth you are experiencing each day and sharing in ARISE. I won’t delete the podcasts! 😂 Muchas gracias!!
I have really enjoyed these last two podcasts, especially as we approach the end of the year, it is very timely. I realized that while I post my goals in a place I walk by every day, it’s not simple/clear enough. I really need to try to make it more visual and create a representation that will communicate the picture of the goal in my mind. Question – do you create the visual based on what you will do to make the goal happen or rather what the end result will be? You probably already explained this.
Also, your last podcast where you mentioned your health brought tears to my eyes. I have experienced something similar and eventually my body just shut down, leading to exploratory surgery which gave no answers and actually made me worse, A book I read while lying in bed recovering, which may be of interest to you, is “Change Your Schedule, Change Your Life”. Another learning resource that has been especially helpful to me is the Adrenal Recode program from thewholejourney.com. It is gentle, whole person healing. If this information is overwhelming right now, please just ignore this! Take care.
April Perry says
Rebekah, thank you so, so much for your kind words and for sharing your resources! Super solid information. ❤️ I am so sorry you had to go through so much to learn these things, but I appreciate you sharing!
In answer to your question, my visual goal image represents what I want to be. It’s the “end goal” for the year—mostly depicting how I will feel—and then my more specific routines and projects to help get me there are listed separately. Of course, there’s no “right way” to do it, but I like to see myself walking into a beautiful future each day. 😀
This year, however, I am trying something new with my mind/body/spirit goals. Instead of outcomes like reading a certain number of books or doing a certain number of workouts, I’m focusing on spending focused time in my “mind, body, and spirit gyms” each day. We went over it more in detail in ARISE, if you are in there—or if you want to do the free trial—but essentially, I want to focus on a daily process that feels really good and is worth doing JUST because I enjoy it in the moment. But it’s set up in a way to lead me to that outcome I want. I just found that when my goals are too outcome-based (like weighing a certain amount or reaching a certain number in some area), I focus less on the joy in the moment and feel “less than” too often. I still like goals that give me something to shoot for, but the older I get and the more I realize how my health is so intertwined in all of this, the more I want to be present and enjoy each day and the people in it—and the less concerned I become with having hit a random numeric target. (Still exploring all of this, but it makes my life happier so far!)
Sending so much love!!
I just listened to this podcast episode and really enjoyed it. I love how authentic you are, and that you bring your own experiences into your presentations so we can learn from them. You’re very relatable. I’ve enjoyed the STEP program, but I think this is the first podcast I’ve listened to, and it makes me want to hear more of them. Thank you for all you do!
April Perry says