Anyone else super excited about 2017? I think many of us are more than ready to leave 2016 behind us, but I’m also really looking forward to a whole new year to reset, start over where needed, continue to grow and make progress.
If you read my post about my Goals for 2017 you’ll know that my word for the year is Renew. One of the small changes I’ve decided to make is to add general lifestyle links to my Links I Loved posts starting with next week. They will be links from non-bookish blogs I read and like on general topics like bullet journaling, meditation, exercise etc.. They’ll be at the end, so feel free to skip them if you prefer 🙂 And Happy New Year in advance to everyone!
- This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme (hosted by The Broke And Bookish) was a big one, Top Ten Books Of 2016, and there were so many great lists from which to choose from. Here are the lists I found most inspiring to continue to grow my endless Goodreads TBR list: Reading With Jenna, Novel Gossip, Vivacious Reads, She Reads Novels, Transported By Books, Dear Reader, Emerald City Book Review, Midnight Book Girl, Lindsay’s Library, and Sarah’s Bookshelves.
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I’m a full-blown Type A person, so goal-setting feels deliciously second nature to me. There’s pretty much no planning related book, Pinterest post, or technique that I wouldn’t be all over, and the idea of establishing a definite roadmap for my year hits all my OCD spots in a way that is borderline R-rated.
Like many people who really enjoy goal-setting and planning, however, I struggle with keeping my objectives realistic and with sticking to the intentions I set in January. Looking back at the goals I set for myself at the beginning of 2016 in my bullet journal (yes, I’m one of those bullet journal people – did you even have to ask?), it’s painfully obvious that I was over-ambitious and also that I didn’t really go back to track my progress throughout the year.
One of the ways to try to keep goals for the year more realistic is to subdivided them into smaller goals assigned to shorter periods of time. I’ve decided to set yearly goals for both myself and the blog that I’m going to subdivide when possible into smaller digestible chunks with clear target dates. By doing so I can also refer back to my intentions every 3 months or so to determine wether I’m still on track, refocus my motivation and adjust as necessary.
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