How To Set Goals In 2021 – Focuses, Habits, And Systems

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In this post, I am going to be sharing with you how I set goals for 2021 and the system that I created in order to achieve those goals. This includes the use of a yearly focus, habits, and “I Am” statements to clarify the vision for the year. I will also be giving you some examples of apps or items you can use to replicate the system that I am using. 


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The Yearly Focus

I started off by writing out my focuses or themes for the year. I took some time to quietly connect with how I was feeling and these words came to me…

  • Conscious living
  • Consistency

As you can see from my website, I wanted this feeling to show up with everything that I do and I felt that it was important to include my brand because everything that I do is an extension of me. 

You can affirm your yearly theme or focus by quietly asking self, using tarot, meditating, journaling, etc. Try reflecting on what happened the previous year and listen to what your inner guide is telling you about what’s to come. What comes up for you?


Setting Goals

To keep everything organized, I made spaces for each area of my life such as self, finances, and brand. In each area, I wrote out the goals as “I Am” statements and included specific details. Beneath my goals, I wrote out some habits I could keep or steps that I could take to achieve them.

For example…

Brand

I am a successful business owner by…

  • Creating blog content 4x a month 
    • batch create at the beginning of the month
  • Generating $2K a month from my shop —
    • sell 37 products or more every month

Aligning your goals with your yearly theme will set you up to create stepping stones to create the bigger picture. Envision what your yearly focuses look like and what it would take to reach those goals. How will you ensure your success at completing your goals? 


Habits

Good habits can be life changing mentally, emotionally, and physically. When we practice healthy daily self care habits it can boost our productivity and set us up for success. What are some healthy self care habits that you do daily?

I have started off the year with three new habits that I feel helps me to be more productive and are super simple to keep up with. I decided that I needed to create a baseline minimum for the things that I needed to do daily with my chronic illnesses and children in mind. 

For example…

  • Self care: hygiene, exercise, meditation
  • Reading: one chapter
  • House chores: dishwasher, surfaces
  • Business: social media, orders

Write down a brain dump list of task that you would like to get done each day. Look through that list and choose task that you consider to be task that you absolutely have to get done daily. Everything that you chose are considered your baseline minimum

tasks and should be priority over everything else but aren’t the limits of what you can do. 


PRODUCTIVITY SYSTEM

Creating systems to drive my goals allows me to live consciously and show up consistently. I have been watching hours of Youtube and spending some time trying out different productivity systems to see what works for me. I found some really great apps and websites that had so much to offer but I decided to go with simple and convenient apps that already live on my devices.

WHAT I USE

This is the shell of my productivity system and from here you can insert any app that fits each category that you want to use. For the notes and calendar, I use my native Apple apps that come with my devices and this works best for streamlining my workflow. For the to-do app, I use Things 3 on both my phone and my tablet. 

My calendar is used to keep track of events (not that I have a lot in the middle of a pandemonium), block scheduling for grouping similar task, and appointments. The notes app is like my brain which holds all my thoughts and ideas. The to-do app helps me to take those ideas, set a date for them, and then tick them off one by one.

It may take some trial and error to figure out which apps work best for you and you may even find yourself using a journal instead of your digital devices. It’s okay to move from one system to another to find what best works for you. 

This concludes how I set my goals for 2021 and the systems I am using to get it all done. I hope that this helps you get started with clarity and motivation. If you are interested in learning more about my productivity system, please let me know in the comments below.


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