Monday, November 5, 2012

Kicking around 2013 goals

So excited to start planning our 2013 goals & budget. I love this kind of stuff. :-)

Like last year, I stuck to 12 goals, as I had more than 20 in previous years, & it got ridiculously hard to track. I want to follow a similar model this year, & bump it up to 13. I always try to make my goals both specific & measurable, because I like being able to track my progress (or, in some cases, non-progress :-)).

I'm definitely not locked on these, but here's what I'm thinking:

  1. Lose 10 pounds, bringing my weight to 135.
  2. Track my food/exercise every day in My Fitness Pal.
  3. Complete 12,000 minutes of cardio.
  4. Complete 100 strength workouts.
  5. Complete 100 stretching workouts.
  6. Run 10 races. I have a few in mind, but basically want to challenge myself to really maintain my running endurance throughout the year.
  7. Reach 50% of our boys college fund savings.
  8. Pay $50,000 of principal on our mortgages.
  9. Have 1 date night per month with M.
  10. Get together with two friends per month.
  11. Track our spending, stick to our budget, & continue the monthly reports.
  12. Review our charitable contributions, & increase our yearly giving by 10%.
  13. Organize one room in our house per month.
Have you started thinking of your 2013 goals? How do you create them? Do you carryover goals between years? I try to carryover anything that is working (date nights, etc) & increase things like my fitness goals.


  1. Since you enjoy that so much, care to plan mine for me?! I'm terrible at them. Couldnt even come up with 12! I assume I'll come up with 12 this year and a "not announced yet" one. Last year was my first serious year to create goals, so I think I'll take from those (increase and keep those that were working). I would like to come up with something challenging, but that still works. We'll see!

    1. Part of my work job involves setting & tracking very specific goals for a team, so it feels so natural to me. :-) If you have more general goals, but don't know how to make them specific & measurable, post & I'll see what I can do. ;-)

  2. These are great goals, especially the specificness of the exercising! :)! I hope to beef up my workouts as well. Never thought of them in terms of minutes.

    I guess it's time to start reviewing my 2012 goals and look to 2013!

    1. Sharon - I've tried setting a goal fo a specific number of workouts, but since I sometimes spend a lot of time on longer training runs, I like to measure more specifically. For example, 20 minutes on the treadmill is nothing like a 2.5 hour run. :-) This way, I give myself "credit" for the entire work out. I'm lazy by nature, so if I quit after the shortest possible "check mark" against my goal.

  3. #1 and #13 sound like something right up my alley! I need to drop more than 10 pounds though.
    Good luck and I'm sure that you will accomplish all of your goals!

    1. I'm pretty sure both of those goals will appear on my to do list every year :-)

  4. I've got continuous financial goals but I do need to to think about a few personal ones.

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks! The personal ones really do help me stay healthy & focused on how I want to spend my time & energy.