Goal Setting For 2014

Goal Setting For 2014 And Creating My Decision Making Framework

I am actually writing this post on the 1st day of 2014. I kicked off the new year very differently than I have previous years and have loved the way it has started.

2014 is going to be a year full of change for our family and I see it also to be full of promise. I am simultaneously excited and nervous about some of the changes that will happen in 2014.

This year I have incorporated more areas of my life to the goal setting process. This does make it look like a long list (actually longer than last year), but it actually better reflects the activities I undertake.

Self discipline

My key learning from 2013 in terms of goals was about how important self discipline is to my success. The areas in which I achieved success, were the areas where I applied self discipline. The areas where I failed to achieve my goals were the areas where I didn’t keep myself in check and in reality behaved or acted in a way that I knew would not help me achieve my goals.

Self discipline will be a big focus for me in 2014. Applying it across all of my goals to have greater success this year. Which is why I find the above quote Jim Whittaker, American mountaineer and CEO so apt –

“You can never conquer the mountain. You can only conquer yourself.”

Regardless of what happens through out the year, I am the one responsible for my actions and how I spend my time. It is all of the decisions I make, big and small, that will determine what I achieve for the year.

Creating My Decision Making Framework

In 2014 I will- goal setting
As with last year I have created a value statement or overarching goal for the various areas of my life. These statements create my decision making framework for the year. As new opportunities arise, I will need to determine if they will help me stick to my values and achieve my goals.

Under each value statement I have listed SMART goals which will determine my key activities and time frames for 2014.

I have ensured that each goal starts with a verb, something I can act on and something that prompts me to act.

Work – Place boundaries on my work hours

  • Limit my average work week to 30 hours.
  • Undertake no work activities before the kids go to school.
  • Undertake no work activities after the kids come home from school until the younger ones are settled in bed.

Family – Increase family harmony

  • Quarter one only – have the key focus of settling the kids into the new school year.
  • Maintain a 5:1 ratio of positive to negative comments (lead by example).
  • Conduct monthly family meetings.
  • Eat out together on a quarterly basis.

Health and fitness – Test myself

  • Run another marathon.
  • Run an obstacle course.
  • Compete at a local CrossFit competition.
  • Maintain a whole food approach to my diet.

Local community – Increase my participation in the local community

  • Undertake the role of class co-ordinator for the prep child’s class.
  • Volunteer for canteen duty at the kids’ secondary school.
  • Allocate a speaking session a quarter to local community groups.
  • Find a local community group to partner with for the blog annual fundraising event.

Learning – Find new sources of information to grow my knowledge

  • Attend four workshops/conferences/seminars over 2014.
  • Listen to one podcast a month.

Fun – Increase the time I spend with those I love

  • Organise a night out a month with the husband.
  • Organise a monthly get together with girlfriends.
  • Organise a monthly get together with my sisters.

Have you set goals for 2014?