This past year has flown by! I started 2017 by returning to work for a mere 5 months before leaving for my second maternity leave. We welcomed Everly into our lives in July and taking care of 2 kids under 2 took up the rest of the year. Since I won’t be pregnant (and constantly sick) this year I’ve decided to make some resolutions. My husband has always told me that when I make goals using the SMART method can really help. SMART is an acronym that stands for:
When setting up my 2018 goals I thought of each of the SMART acronym meanings. I feel my goals are all achievable and realistic. The time to complete the goals is one year. I’m really hoping that by the end of 2018 I can proudly say that I’ve accomplished all the goals I’m currently setting. Here they are!
- Be Healthier: This isn’t very specific, but instead of making a million goals (exercise more, drink more water, eat more veggies etc.) I clumped all health ambitions into one to be simpler. I downloaded the MyPlate app from LIVESTRONG to track my health. It’ll track my calories, water, and exercise.
- Stick to a Monthly Budget: Looking back at 2017, I’ve decided that I spend too much money on unnecessary things. Things like eating out, buying expensive coffee (Starbucks!), and random impulse buys. Two of those I can do at home, and one just fills my house with junk. I’ve downloaded an app called Goodbudget that I’ve set up with my monthly budget and spending categories. I’ve decided that any money left over from a month will go towards a specific (secret) item I’ve been coveting for two years. The idea is that this will motivate me to spend less during the month so I can save for something I really want. Delayed gratification right?
- Read 6 Books: Reading 6 books isn’t very much, but I’m a busy Mom OK? I always say I want to read more but it always gets pushed to the bottom of my things-to-do list. This year I only read 3 books! No app will be used to measure this goal. I’ve given myself 2 months to finish each book and will mentally count what I’ve read. So far I’ve chosen two non-fiction books. Homo Deus: A Breif History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. I want the other four books to be fiction, any recommendations?
So there you go, my three 2018 SMART goals. Wish my luck in achieving them and let me know what your 2018 resolutions are!