How To Goal Plan And Kill It In 2016



I hope you had an amazing New Year’s Eve! If you’re anything like me, you were home playing board games with family/friends and fighting sleep to make it to midnight.

But here we are. We made it to 2016 and what a blessing it is! A new year means another opportunity to get it right, whatever it is.

I always find it refreshing that we get to go into a new year with a renewed mind, body and spirit. Click To Tweet

I have an awful memory regarding most things. Everyone who knows me makes fun of me because of it. I like to think it’s because once I’m done with someone or something, I’m done. I don’t really look back once I’ve had closure. I guess my brain needs that space to learn how to function in new arenas or maybe I’m just getting old. Nah!

At any rate, I’ve been goal planning my 2016 for months now, happily leaving 2015 in my dust. I’m an obsessive goal-setter, totally OCD about it. I write my goals down on paper years in advance, retooling them often and I do my best to achieve them. Some work out better than others…such is life.

I also do my vision board at the beginning of each year. You can read more about that process here.

Back to goal setting.

Categorizing Goals

One method that I learned about years ago is to put goals into categories. I like to use a variation of the following categories:

Career (new job, career change, more clients, professional development courses, grad school)

Family (date nights, kids, family quality time)

Financial (save money, increase income, reduce debt, tithe consistently)

Physical (eat better, exercise more, meditate, yoga)

Personal/Misc. (read more books, less social media, be more present)

You get the picture. These are some examples so feel free to customize them to suit the different areas of your life. It definitely helps me as not to get too overwhelmed.

SMART Goals, Smarter You

Another way to lay out your goals is to make them S.M.A.R.T.











By developing SMART goals, you’re able to drill down thus making them more attainable.

For example, if one of your financial goals is to “save money” you would make it SMART by writing:

S – Save money.

M – $1,000/month in savings (You now have a benchmark amount to measure this goal).

A – Achieve this goal by working an extra 10 hrs/week & spending $200 less somewhere.

R – This ties into your overall financial goal to be more self-reliant.

T – If you saved $1,000/month, you would have $12,000 by year-end.

Now you can realistically measure how on or off target you are on an ongoing basis.

My preference for staying organized with my goals is by using a beautiful planner and/or journal.


These are the main strategies that I use to goal plan. They make me dig deeper into each area of importance to me. I fine tune them throughout the year because…LIFE. 

What kinds of methods or strategies do you use to goal plan?

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2 thoughts on “How To Goal Plan And Kill It In 2016

    • Nia On Social says:

      That’s awesome Shirria! I’m so glad you found this post helpful. The SMART method really helps you dig in and specify your goals. Thanks for reading!

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