On goals and resolutions

Misty Mathews
Jan 4, 2017 · 3 min read
I started a Bullet Journal to keep up with my daily and monthly goals. It’s not pretty, but hopefully it’ll be effective!

I’ve never really been into making resolutions, so I’m not sure why this year is different. But I’m thinking more of them as goals that just happen to start at the beginning of the year.

That’s totally different from resolutions, right?

Anyway, I have some goals this year, and I’ve decided to break them down into month-sized portions because I think those are more manageable for me, both in terms of not feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of what I want to achieve and because I love instant gratification far too much.

When I was thinking about my goals, I sorted them into four basic categories: Professional, Household, Family and Self-care.


On the professional front, I want to accomplish a number of things this year, including earning some certifications and doing more writing in my free time. I enjoy my work in communications and writing, and doing some writing on the side allows me to pursue topics I wouldn’t get to otherwise in the corporate world.

Truthfully, my dream would be to be a full-time freelancer, but that’s not likely in the near future because of the financial security (and health insurance) offered by my current position.

January goals:

Sign up as a Google Partner

Spend at least two hours reviewing Google AdWords study materials

Post 4 times on Medium + some other fairly ambitious writing goals (I have them written down, but I’m going to keep them to myself for now)


In 2016, I took several steps toward getting healthier, including finding a primary care physician and starting medication for depression and anxiety. I want to continue the trend in 2017 by making healthier food choices, drinking more water, exercising more and engaging in regular self-care. By the end of the year, I’d like to be eating out rarely or only on special occasions, drinking 100 oz. of water everyday, walking 10,000 steps every day, exercising 30 minutes a day and have read 25 books.

January goals:

Read 2 books

Walk 8,000 steps every day

Work out in the gym 10 times

Drink 60 oz. of water every day

Take my lunch to work every day

Spend an hour outside every week

Meal prep on Sundays


Last year, my family of four moved from a 3-bedroom house to a 2-bedroom apartment. We got rid of a lot of stuff, and our abode is still overly crowded and frequently a mess. Bobby and I are both naturally messy people, so that combined with the abundance of stuff we own means our apartment is never as clean as we’d ideally like it to be. By the end of the year, I would like to feel thoroughly de-cluttered and prepared for friends to drop by at any time without me feeling embarrassed over the way our apartment looks (yes, I know, they probably care much less about it than I do).

Bobby and I have often discussed how much cleaner our apartment would be if we’d just take time to clean up after ourselves as we make messes and tidy up for 15–20 minutes in the evenings, so I’m starting there and seeing how it goes.

January goals:

Clean 15 minutes every night

Sell Tulas (soft, structured baby carriers with buckles that our youngest has outgrown)

List toys on buy/sell/trade pages (I have a huge box of toys that both our kids have aged out of, and I want to try to sell them before donating)

Hang up photos in living room (we’ve lived here for 14 months and still haven’t hung up pictures)


These are my favorite and most important goals, because they really emphasize the quality time I want to spend with Bobby and the kids this year. I want to have a monthly date night and visit a new place as a family every month, and my ideal would be to read to the kids every single day this year.

January goals:

Have at least one date night (without kids)

Read to the boys every day

Visit one new place as a family

It seems like a lot

I may be biting off more than I can chew, but the good news is that I’ll look back at the end of this month, adjust and keep going.

Communications pro, writer, wife, mom and all-around kick-ass person.

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