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Is It Too Early to Think of 2020 Goals?

Hello sexy people! ❀ πŸ™‚

It’s Friday morning over here in my sunny corner of the globe and I am reading a book about goal setting ~ why? Because I want to set and accomplish some goals in 2020. I want to look back on the year with the satisfaction that comes from having earned new “gold stars”. And I want to be deliberate about it.

Now just to backtrack, I’ve always been a goal setter. Even when I became a full time SAHM I continued to set goals, daily, weekly, monthly, you name it, I’d set a goal for it. ‘s Matter of fact, I had a big goal for 2019 … it didn’t make it past the front gate.

Most of my goals do not make it past the front gate 😦

I kinda dabble at it in the beginning and then I get distracted and blah, blah, blah, & fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la ….

I must hold myself to a higher standard, being a life coaching student & all that jazz!

So I have decided to devote the remaining months of 2019 to studying how to set goals. Because I’ve never really studied it.Β  I fish something interesting out of my head, buy a fancy whiteboard to write it on and hope that by placing it somewhere visible it will somehow get done.

Well, that strategy rarely, if ever, works for me. Obviously.

And it’s struck me that I am actually being flimsy with this powerful tool for life improvement.

So as I made this decision a few goals immediately started to materialize in my head (they’re like flies swarming about!). Now I’m trying to be choosy because I want these goals to actually mean something. The book I’m reading says that the stronger your emotions are around that goal, the better the outcome. So here they are so far –

A flat tummy by my birthday.

(Oh yes, I certainly have some strong emotions around this one!)

I want some tone in there, I don’t want it to bulge. I don’t need a 6-pack, I just want it flat.

Celebrate my birthday with my family at a nice resort in Bintan.

I have just very recently discovered that the next-door island to Batam (where I live), Bintan, is a paradise! I saw gorgeous pictures of luxury resorts and I’ve been itching ever since! There’s even a place that’s nominated to become a UNESCO world heritage site! Who needs Bali when it’s much farther & expensive?!!

So this is goal #2.

An online shop by July. Or within the 3rd Qtr. But the goal is July.

This was my 2019 goal but I did not even know what my product was going to be. Let alone the criteria for selecting said product – very important!

In fairness, I did experiment with a few options and learned quite a lot in the process ~ including the need to learn about goal-setting πŸ˜€

An outside hobby.

I do not want to stay cooped up at home anymore. I understand that most of my time will still be indoors with the adorable toddler but I want something that will bring me in contact with other adult human beings at least once a week. I can do once a week.

Notes on goal 2 & 4Β 

These sound more like to-do’s but these are sub-goals that I’ve broken down from a bigger, kinda nebulous goal which is to enjoy where I live.

An open slot for goal #5

I still lack 1 goal. I want to make it 5 because I am turning 45 next year and I just like to relate things and turn it into a fun game πŸ˜‰Β Β I’ll let you gorgeous people know as soon as I’ve finalized it πŸ™‚


~~ meanwhile, let me ask you πŸ™‚ ~~

Have you started to think about your own goals for next year already?

Do you enjoy setting goals?

What one new thing would you want to bring into your life next year?



22 thoughts on “Is It Too Early to Think of 2020 Goals?”

  1. I say go for it. I am in the process of creating a fuve year vision board and plan. It’s going to take the rest of the year to get my goals charted on my board and get on the path to making my retirement dream happen.😊

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  2. I wish you the best of luck with all of your goals. I don’t think I am a goal setter. I do try to make goals for New Years, rather than call them Resolutions. But most of them have not gotten very far. I do have a couple of goals to accomplish before the end of the year. I will make some goals for next year, but probably not beyond that.

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    1. Yeah I am a short-term goal setter too. I’ve learned this year that one major goal with an entire 12-month timeframe is just a recipe for procrastination! At least I got a lesson out of it πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

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  3. goal setting is important. I have one big goal and so far I’ve managed to keep it every year: survive. πŸ˜‰ Given the health scares last year, I feel it’s a biggy so I’m aiming to keep it up πŸ˜‰ Other than that, I hope to get back into blogging, once I’m a little less… foggy (please let this not be my permanent state).
    another one is to keep crafting. If I manage all that, I’m good.

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    1. Karin! So happy to see you again in my comments section! ❀ ❀ ❀ Good luck on your goals. You are a very creative person, I am positive you can make "surviving" fun and colorful and interesting πŸ˜€


  4. I set #BeMessy as my intention for ’19. As in, crafting and canning and such. It lasted until, oh, maybe Valentine’s Day? I think I’m going to try again for ’20, and hope that work and health issues don’t continue to dominate my days.

    I look forward to reading about your progress on these goals you are settingπŸ˜™

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    1. I read this book about how the brain works and it said the brain prefers to work on goals within a 90-day framework. Anything beyond that gets shoved in the background. Maybe we should adopt this timeframe to our goals too like, assign something for each quarter that aligns with our overarching intention for the year. Just a thought. How did goal-setting become so complicated anyways???! XD XD

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      1. I think goal setting became so complicated when everybody started piling so much on their plates that people struggle to find time to actually do things they WANT to do because they feel so overwhelmed with doing what HAS to be done. I’m still trying to figure out who says I HAVE to be a superwoman that can balance home life with career with social things we’re SUPPOSED to do and and and…

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  5. So inspiring! I’m right there with you, all about those lists! Kudos for being both specific and flexible with your goals. I think that’s great!

    I’ve got a list of 100 things to try/accomplish/experience before the end of July 2020, so I’ll definitely be checking in here for goal-achieving inspiration/wisdom! πŸ˜„

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    1. Oh wow, that’s a lot indeed. You deserve to relax! I wish you the best & thanks so much for commenting, Quin ❀ πŸ™‚ ❀


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