We have just a few weeks to go before it’s officially 2017. How are you feeling about it?
If you’re like me, a lot of ideas are swimming around in your head. It can be hard to nail down what areas of your life you want to focus on.
That’s where this list of 100 goals to focus on for a successful year comes in handy!
100 goals is a lot of goals, but this list is meant to give you a bunch of ideas that you can pick and choose from. We have ideas for money goals, career goals, personal development goals, and finally health & fitness goals.
You’ll find inspiration and things you can take action on below.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention essential financial goals you should work toward first!
- Create an emergency fund
- Automate your savings
- Track your income/spending and create a budget
- Track your spending
- Save for a down payment on a house, a wedding, a baby fund, a car, etc.
- Make a plan to give a percentage of your income to charity
- Identify your spending triggers and create a plan to cut temptation out
- Commit to paying off your debt
- Commit to not getting further into debt
- Learn more about investing
- Open an IRA
- Contribute more toward your 401(k) – enough to get matching contributions from your employer (if it’s offered)
- Learn how to invest in rental property
- Read some awesome personal finance books
- Spend in a way that reflects your values
- Save a certain percentage of your income each month
- Start a side hustle
- Review your insurance coverage to make sure your needs are met
- Consider refinancing your student loans if it saves you money
- Try calling creditors to get your interest rates lowered if you have credit card debt
- Shop around when it comes to service providers; don’t get ripped off – negotiate!
- Take a “no-spend” challenge or a ban on buying certain things
- Profit from decluttering – sell unused or unwanted items
- Learn how to optimize your taxes
- Create a will and an estate plan if you have a family
A huge part of the “earn more” equation is focusing on improving your career and earning potential. Here are some things to think about, whether you’re a full-time employee or self-employed.
- Ask for a raise, or work toward getting one
- Work toward a promotion (and a raise)
- Update your resume
- Go to networking events in your area
- Go to a conference in your industry
- Try learning one new skill each quarter that you can apply directly to your job
- Create a “pat on the back” folder in your inbox and fill it with praise you receive from coworkers and managers
- Distance yourself from office politics as much as possible
- Start a side business
- Look for a better paying job with more opportunities for growth if you feel stagnant at your current job
- Find a mentor in your field
- Work toward receiving recognition for something you’ve done – does your employer offer awards?
- Work more hours or less hours depending on your personal and financial goals
- Get comfortable with negotiating
- Take a public speaking class or join Toastmasters
- Explore other interests you have to gear up for a career change
- Do regular salary research to make sure you are getting paid what you should be
- Consider going back to school for an advanced degree
- Take a course to get certified in something related to your industry
- If you’re still in college, research internship opportunities
- Raise your rates with clients if you’re a freelancer
- Get comfortable with the idea of outsourcing and think of how it can benefit your career instead of hurt it
- Learn how to manage your time better
- Set expectations and boundaries with clients/customers
- Find a way to showcase your creativity in your job
Personal Development Goals
A lot of people want to “better themselves” in the new year, but what does that really entail? See if any of these goals resonate with you.
- Find things to be grateful for
- Control your thoughts and emotions and choose to react better to negative situations
- Give meditation a try
- Learn the art of having patience – good for those with a short fuse
- If you’re Type A, try going with the flow and being spontaneous more often
- If you’re Type B, try embracing organization and planning more
- Think of a few habits you want to develop (like not checking your phone/social media as often) and mindfully incorporate them into your life
- Consider enlisting professional help in the form of a coach or psychologist
- Read inspirational stories from others
- Make more time for yourself; stop focusing on others as much
- Live more intentionally and mindfully each day
- Volunteer at an organization close to your heart
- Become more confident in yourself; have faith you can accomplish new things
- Get out of your comfort zone and do something completely out of character (but still legal, of course)
- Learn a new language
- Travel to a different country and live like a local to immerse yourself in a different culture
- Write something, whether that means starting a blog or going all in and writing a book
- Put yourself in the shoes of others more often
- Get rid of your tendency to procrastinate and get ahead on a few projects
- Pick up a book like How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie (a classic) or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- Learn a new language using software like Duolingo or Rosetta Stone
- Wake up earlier to get a head start on the day (or work through the night ;))
- Cut out or decrease the time you spend in front of the TV
- Consume more information – there’s tons of free content out there in the form of books, blogs, podcasts, video courses, etc.
- Keep a daily journal or blog
Health and Fitness Goals
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without health and fitness goals, probably some of the most popular! (Obvious disclaimer – check with your healthcare provider before diving into these.)
- Try cutting out sugar from your diet
- Eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day
- Cut out all fast food
- Figure out ways to de-stress and relax more often
- Be proactive and get an annual checkup
- Set aside 10-15 minutes each day, search YouTube for a body weight exercise video, and do it!
- Get into exercising at home with light weights or kettlebells
- Go to your apartment complex’s gym or your town’s community fitness center for free
- Become vegan or vegetarian
- Have vegetables with every meal, or at least two out of three meals per day
- Drink more water (a Contigo water bottle can help)
- Choose to walk to places within a mile or two of your house instead of driving
- Start a couch to 5k program to work your way up to running
- Make it a point to try a new, healthy meal at least once per month
- Join a community sports team or find a Meetup group where people play sports
- Improve your posture by being mindful of how you sit at work, or…
- Get a standing desk (you can build your own)
- Increase your flexibility
- Commit to working out at least three times a week, every week
- Visit a nutritionist to optimize your diet
- Get more sleep
- Decrease or cut out any unhealthy vices you have, like smoking, drinking, or eating frozen meals all the time
- Pick a workout or diet program and stick with it consistently for a month or two
- Make sure you’re getting enough vitamins from your diet and if not, choose appropriate supplements
- Try a new fitness class to get more excited about getting in shape (Groupon always has deals)
If you’re looking to make next year your best year yet, then these 100 goals focused on money, career, personal development, and health and fitness should help make it happen!
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What group of goals are you focusing on the most next year? Which group did you focus on this year? What are some goals you’re working toward in 2017?