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:
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.