Setting goals for the year was a new thing for me in 2016. My main goal was simply this: I wanted to be wise with the extra few hours in my week. I began 2016 with a part-time job, unlike the rest of my post-college years where I’ve worked full time. As I look back over 2016, I can definitely say that I accomplished my goal!
I learned some great lessons from setting goals. So how did I do on the three things I wanted to make more time for this year?
#1 Playing the piano
This one is a little deep. I did learn a few new pieces and spend more time playing the piano than I did last year. More than that, God showed me that there are other things I can do to serve Him and to bless others – playing the piano in church isn’t my only avenue of service. He redirected me to other areas where I needed to invest my time. It was hard lesson, but one I’m so grateful to have received.
#2 Routine Cleaning Tasks
If nothing else, I made a habit of working household tasks into my every day routine and stayed on top of those things better than ever before. My house is far from spotless, but I am really happy with the progress I made. I loved my household cleaning schedule. I will probably tweak it a bit for next year, but having those quarterly tasks really helped me stay on top of things that weren’t every day cleaning tasks.
#3 Intentional Friendships
This is another goal that didn’t end up like I thought it might. I had a group of women in mind that I wanted to target as “potential friends.” I attended a conference in the spring that was a spiritual landmark in my life – it broadened my view of who my “potential friends” could be and at the same time, narrowed my focus as to how I could be a better friend. I’m definitely not there, but I’m closer than I was in January!
I also set fun seasonal goals for myself – I updated those posts with my progress:
I am very glad that I set these goals for myself and will be forming new goals for 2017. Overall, I learned that setting goals gives me direction and makes me available to be used by God.
How did you do on your goals for 2016? Did you learn any good lessons? It’s never too late to start working on something that you want to change!