Wednesday, February 1, 2017

My Big Three!

Let's start by taking a look at my blank chart.  In comparison to last year's chart, I have two less goal spaces this year!  Not too shabby for everything that happened in 2016.  It means that my overall satisfaction in life improved 10% since 2016 and by a whopping 35% since 2015.  Wow!

In the past several posts, I gave you a quick summary of 2016, talked about some of my favorite goal brainstorming activities, then took you through each section to review my plans for 2017, including:

Now that you've seen everything I'd like to do with my year, let's plug it in to the chart!

As you can see, each block has its own specialized goal.  Some important goals repeat and some goals won't be calculated until the end of the year.

While this looks great on paper, that is 20 separate goals up there.  Twenty.  That's a lot of work for one year!  If I have a massive health flare or a family emergency, there's a good chance I won't be able to accomplish everything I've set out to do.  As I said just a second ago, I certainly don't want to set myself up for failure.  If I can't accomplish all 20 of my goals, I don't want to feel like I wasted my time.

So, as a precautionary measure, I want to take a look at all of my goals and pick out my "Big Three:" The three goals that would make me feel as though I definitely accomplished something, even if all I were able to succeed at were just those three.

Let's see what my pentacle chart said:

This makes my big three goals pretty easy to identify!  However, now that I've went through all of my goals and narrowed everything down, I'd like to make some alterations:

1. Recover from Moving
Remember the checklist from my personal goals?

I don't necessarily need to check everything off of this list to feel like I've recovered, but if I can make a good effort, I'll be satisfied.

2. Begin Doing Live Digital Caricatures
This is an essential part of my job that I need to develop.  I have most everything I need and I know what I'm missing.  It's just finding the time to get everything prepped and test it out.  But this has to happen this year.  Here's the list for this one:

3. Commit to Lifestyle Changes
This is just as much about getting back to normal as the first goal is.  All of the things on this list were things I did daily prior to all the moving that I need to get back to.  Losing the weight is not part of the goal, even though it's part of the list I'm pulling, so ignore the numbers:

However, just because I have three specific goals I'd like to accomplish doesn't mean I shouldn't plan to accomplish all of my goals!  I ended each section's article with a little commentary on how I was going to track each month's goals.  Here's the finalized Check-In List!

Time frame is currently 0% over.
Overall: 0% complete.

Goals that are crossed out are goals not applicable to this month unless otherwise noted.

Career Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Complete monthly digital live caricatures goal. – 0% complete
Achieve x goals for expanding reach. – 0% complete.
Achieve monthly records and signage goal. – 0% complete.

Financial Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Maintain a Budget [x/30 (or 31 or 29) days]. – 0% complete
Target Areas for Improvement [Specific monthly goal]. – 0% complete.
Research Retirement Options. – 0% complete.

Health Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Lifestyle Changes [One specific goal per month]. - 0% complete.
Maintain Medication [Pills taken x/30 (or 31 or 29) days]. - 0% complete.
Daily Schedule [One specific goal per month from another section]. - 0% complete.
Slow Weight Loss [x/4 lbs per month]. – 0% complete.
Begin (Group) Exercise? - Won't contribute to percentage

Home Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Household System [monthly goal]. – 0% complete
Home Projects [monthly goal]. - 0% complete

Home Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Household System [monthly goal]. – 0% complete
Home Projects [monthly goal]. - 0% complete

Personal Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Daily schedule [monthly task]. – 0% complete
Recover from Moving. – Won't be calculated until the end

Relationship Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Wake Up Early Together[x/5 days a week]. – 0% complete.

Spiritual Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
Witchy Words Posting Schedule [Monthly goal]. – 0% complete
Spiritwork [Monthly goal]. - 0% complete


This year, what I think I may do is keep this tracking silently at the bottom of my personal updates.  I post those once a month, typically at the beginning of the month too.  After giving you my update with pictures and a description of things that happened, I can tack this chart for the previous month at the end of it.  That way, I'm not posting about my private goals and life at an overwhelming rate.

Heck, I'm sure you're probably tired of hearing about goals since we're on something like day 13 in a row now.  So I think that's the best solution there.

But that's not the only way I'm keeping track of my goals!  I of course have my primary planner as well as a secondary planner.  I have two wall calendars and a marker board calendar, plus I organize my work schedule in Outlook.  When I schedule my life, I don't mess around!  Having the kind of brain I do, setting up multiple places for scheduling and goal work makes far more sense than having just one.  The repetition and varied usage helps me remember things much more clearly.  This system works the best for me, but of course, that's just me! You may find this system is overkill.  Whatever you do to track your goals, make sure it works for you!

And that sums up my 2017 goal posts!  Thank you for your patience as we deviated from the usual Witchy Words articles for the past almost two weeks.  I truly appreciate it.  And to those coming along for the ride, good luck!

To my audience:
What are your "Big Three" goals?


  1. I was looking forward to your yearly series of goals! I started reading your blog just over a year ago, and your set-up inspired me to do my own. This year I have 18 goals (mainly just because they fit neatly into a 9x3 grid). I didn't think about having a 'Big 3', but I think if I achieve at least half of them, I'll be happy!

    1. Thank you so much! Good luck on all of your goals!