I know there’s really nothing intrinsically special about January, but nonetheless, every year I geek out a little bit about a fresh start and planning for a new year ahead. Traditional goal setting isn’t really my jam, but there are several resources that I really love for helping to refocus, reset, and be intentional about how I spend my time and my days.
Here are some encouraging resources (mostly all free!) for getting focused in 2018:
2018 Goal Setting Series with Lara Casey / Lara Casey
I’ve linked to Lara’s series in years past and happily share it again. I really appreciate Lara’s process and have used it yearly to narrow my focus down to the things that really matter.
PowerSheets / Lara Casey
While you should definitely check out Lara’s free goal setting series mentioned above, it really pairs so well with her PowerSheets. For me, I actually recommend the undated version so I can go at my own pace. My favorite part of the power sheets is really the prep work that serves as a guide to hone in on what really matters. How do you want to live your life in the year to come? What matters most? How can you set your days up to align with those focus areas you’ve uncovered?
Words to Live By / Craig Groeschell
I found this sermon series last year and found it super helpful for getting my mind in the right place for the year to come. Let’s speak life and truth over ourselves in the year to come!
The Next Right Thing / Emily P. Freeman
While this isn’t necessarily geared towards goal setting, I think it fits well. I appreciate each episode (Emily’s voice itself is therapeutic!), but these may be particularly helpful episodes in light of New Year vision casting:
Declutter Like A Mother / Allie Casazza / There’s something about physically getting your space in order that brings more mental focus. I’ve joined in on Allie’s challenge this year and love starting January with a literal clean slate (space). It’s not too late to join in and you can find Allie live on Tuesdays and Thursdays with some “face to face” wisdom on how to declutter. Just 30 minutes a day, you got this!
Finally, if you find writing out goals to be helpful like I do, I’ve created a printable goal setting worksheet for you that you can print out and use for each month or quarter to get focused.
What about you?
Do you have certain New Years rhythms or quarterly check-ins you tend to follow? Any resources in particular you love for dreaming and planning? Please share in the comments!
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