Last year I noticed a trend of people choosing one word to focus on for the year. I decided that this year I would do the same and have been toying around with all sorts of different words trying to come up with the perfect one to define what I want this year to be like for me. This personal progress project is the way I’m going to do that.
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to start working with the 12-13 year-old young women, the beehives, for church. Right after I received the phone call, I immediately got online and started looking through all of the materials for the lessons I’ll be teaching. As I was looking through the materials, my word for the year hit me like a ton of bricks.
This is it. I want my year to be one full of progress, progression, and forward movement toward a better condition. Toward a better me.
It’s been almost two years since I had my little boy, and I feel like I’ve either moved backward or remained stagnant in pretty much every part of my life other than being a mom. And the being a mom part is kind of just movement by default – you have to be more involved when your baby goes from sleeping all day to climbing all over everything.
And now it’s time to move forward. It’s time to start progressing again.
Let’s jump back to those young women materials I talked about earlier. One of the coolest things that the LDS church does for the young women is what’s called personal progress. They put together this amazing program full of goals, projects, and activities centered around eight core values (faith, divine nature, individual worth, knowledge, choice and accountability, good works, integrity, and virtue) to help the young women continue with their own personal progression. Each of the values has like 6-8 smaller activities (e.g., learn a new skill and memorize a scripture for knowledge) and then one big 10+ hour project that the young women can choose for themselves. And all of them are goals that are actionable and can be crossed off once complete. Learn more about the young women’s personal progress program.
I’m going to borrow this idea and create my own personal progress project for the year. Rather than focusing on core values like the young women, I am going to plan it out based on the key roles in my life. And while there are twelve listed below, I am not going to be working on them one month at a time. Instead, I’ll be working on various goals from different categories (e.g., one from wife and one from mom) at the same time.
- Wife – date nights, better communication with my husband, etc.
- Mom – anything having to do with my toddler
- Homemaker – cooking, cleaning, bills, organizing, etc.
- Accountant – saving money, finances, etc.
- Family Member – sister, daughter, in-law, granddaughter, etc.
- Child of God – all things church from prayer to scriptures to temple attendance
- Athlete – Exercise, health, etc.
- Blogger – all things blog related
- Student – things to keep me mentally alert, educated, etc.
- Friend – strengthening friendships, making friends, etc.
- Young Women’s Leader (since I’m now in beehives + assistant stake camp director)
- Me – Time to take care of myself by eating better, getting ready, pampering, etc.
I haven’t finalized all of the individual goals that go along each of the roles yet, but here’s one example.
You can download free printable versions of all of my personal progress worksheets below. I would love to know if you download them and try it on your own!
Do you set goals each year or define a word for the year?