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When I decided to set my 2015 goals, I borrowed a core list of seven areas from Jon Acuff’s no longer available blog post: Why I quit New Years Resolutions

Another thing I borrowed from Jon was a 52-day goal setting period. He said:

I’m going to:

1. Pick a goal or two in each of the 7 areas of life. (e.g. Physical = Working out 4 days a week.)

2. Crush said goals for 52 days.

3. Drop the ones I hate at the end of the 52 days, keep the ones I love, and then work on a brand-new set for 52 days.

52 days is the perfect amount of time to create, try and evaluate a goal. For goals about creating a habit, it is enough time for the habit to stick. For project-based goals, it is enough time to make actual progress. In the past when I did monthly goal reviews, I always felt bad because I did not always get very far on any given project.

I gave the 52-day goals a try late last fall and so far it works great for me. So for 2015, I broke down the calendar year into seven sections starting on January second.

First 52 02 Jan 22 Feb
Second 52 23 Feb 15 Apr
Third 16 Apr 06 Jun
Fourth 07 Jun 28 Jul
Fifth 29 Jul 18 Sep
Sixth 19 Sep 09 Nov
Seventh 10 Nov 31 Dec

As you can see, the seventh 52 ends nicely on December 31st. Perfect!

I really like the idea of a 52-day breakdown for the holidays. Things really start to go odd at the end of the year, and November and December will get to have a focus on Family.

Now I can set a goal or two for the First 52. I created a quick spreadsheet that looks like this:

7x52grid

Across the top, each column is each Core Area. Each row is one 52-day period. I added an overview row, too, more so to make sure I keep each 52-day goal close to my overview plan for the year.

I started filling in the grid, obviously focusing in on the First 52, but also putting in plans for future 52s as applicable. I don’t plan on holding myself to future 52s until I am in that period, those goals are just to keep me going in the right direction.

You can read my First 52 Recap here.

Previously, I outlined my 3 Words for 2015 and the Core Areas of life.
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