How to Finish the Year Strong
Finishing strong can look different at different times. There’s a time to hustle and push through but that may not always be the answer. As I was setting up my new bullet journal (watch how to set one up here), I realized there are only 3 months left of 2017. I started thinking on my last set of 90-day goals for the year, and the importance to finish the year strong.
The days are long, but the years are short.
Why is it many days pass by and you’re ready for bedtime, but the years and months seem to slip through your fingers?
Seeing the end of another year fast approaching has me self-reflecting about finishing strong. What does it mean? How do we do it? I’m realizing more and more that finishing strong doesn’t necessarily mean crossing off your to-do list or crushing your goals.
To finish the year strong is to look back and know – I chose the good thing – the best thing. It doesn’t mean that we always do the right thing or make the right decisions, but we evaluate and adjust as needed.
Our choices matter. In a world where so many things are fighting for our attention and quick satisfaction is easier than the slow purposeful recognition of God moving in our lives, our choices matter more than ever.
So, as I write my goals for the last 90 days of 2017, and I desire to choose the good thing. For me, that means cutting my goals almost in half.
Focus friends. It’s time to focus on the few “best” things and finish them well.
How to Finish the Year Strong
1 – Evaluate
• How do you feel about the way you’ve lived your life this year? Have you felt overwhelmed and unable to catch up? Have you gone to bed with more regrets that you care to share? Maybe you’ve checked lots of things off your to-do list and accomplished goals but haven’t rested enough or just sat with your children…listening to their long exciting stories, joining in on the play.
• Overall, that has been me this year. Pushing hard, loving being home with my girls, but many times trying to force something productive into each moment, instead of resting in their beautiful playful abandon.
2 – Get Honest with Yourself
• If you have a list of goals that you haven’t made any progress on this year, it’s time to get honest and decide what is really important to you? Only pick a few, not 10. What’s been holding you back from accomplishing those goals? Why haven’t you been motivated enough to get them done?
• If you have goals that you are no longer passionate about, scratch them off. There’s no reason to spend your energy on something that you no longer care that much about. Don’t feel guilty – just get rid of it!
• If you, like me, have realized maybe you’ve been pushing a little too hard at getting things done and always being productive, ask yourself if you’ve been choosing the best thing.
• I have been choosing good things, but the best thing has been a little neglected. I had to get honest with myself and say “spending intentional uninterrupted time just “being” with my girls is the best thing.” In order to do that best thing, I have to let go of some good things….it’s hard.
• What are your best things?
3 – Readjust
• Self-reflection and evaluation are useless if we don’t readjust. It’s ok to readjust!
• Perfectionism is our enemy here. It never wants us to readjust. It’s only desire is to push us to our limits to attempt perfection, only to guilt us because we will never be perfect…or we do nothing because we’re afraid that we won’t be perfect. Both scenarios only leave you feeling bad about yourself. No thanks!
• If your goal was to lose 50 pounds, but you only have 3 months left of the year – adjust your goal. Come January, you will be happier about the 15 pounds you were able to lose than the 35 pounds that you didn’t. Progress Friend…Progress…
• If you are currently working on 10 goals or more, maybe you should cut those down. Really look at your list. Pick the 5-6 most important things you want and let the other goals go until you’ve accomplished those 5-6 most important ones.
• In order to cut our goals down to just a few, we have to get serious about what’s important to us. This is a huge motivator. Use it!
4 – Focus
• To finish the year strong, focus is a must. Is it time for you to hustle, or is it time for you to let some things go?
• The end of the year comes with holidays and extra commitments, more time with friends, family, children, long lists of to-dos. What are your best things during this time? Focus on those and let go of any guilt about not getting “it all” done.
My Goals for the Last 90 Days of the Year
1 – Wake up and get started right away on my morning routine at 4:30.
• I’ve been working on being more and more consistent with this for a while. I’ll do great for a few weeks, then not so great. I want to be 99% compliant.
2 – Look at FB, Instagram, and Email only during set times. 7:30-8:00, Lunch 15-20 min, 4:30-5:00, and 10 min before bed
• I have been getting convicted big time about my phone. I feel ashamed to even admit how often I grab for it…for no reason really. This is a habit I have to break. I can’t go completely social media free with the blog, but I can limit it.
• The point of the times isn’t that I will be on my phone for 1.5 hours per day. They are limits. I will not get on social media, except those times.
• This is BY FAR the most difficult goal on the list.
3 – Develop a Healthy Eating Lifestyle – No dieting.
• I know this is a little vague. Which is not my usual goal setting style, but I don’t think there is one diet that we should all follow 100%.
• I’m just tired of eating good, then bad, then good. The diet mentality has got to go. Lifestyle – not diet.
• No binging. No feeling deprived. Just loving myself enough to feed it good food and be satisfied and joyful in it.
4 – Work out 5-6 days per week
• I really want to exercise 6-7 days per week, but I’m trying to listen to Jon Acuff and limit my perfectionism here.
• I will be switching up running and the Insanity videos.
5 – 150 Email Subscribers
• I wanted to put 200 email subscribers but again – no perfectionism.
• I have some really exciting things in the works for y’all, and I can’t wait for you to see it!
6 – Accomplish the Blogging Basics each week.
• This includes several things, but they are essential. Things I’ve been doing, but I want to more consistent.
• New blog post every week
• FB and Instagram post every day
• Weekly Newsletter
• Weekly FB Live
• Monthly Subscriber Freebie
7 – Use a timer to stay on schedule
• I’ve been having a hard time staying on task. I get into something, and I don’t want to stop. This puts off the rest of the day. I think this is ok to do sometimes, but it’s starting to affect other things I need to get done. I’ll have food defrosted for dinner, but I get off track and don’t give myself time to cook it. So, I fix pizza rolls instead…or cereal. Told ya’…so not perfect here. But I would like to do that less and less…my husband would agree. 🙂
What are your goals for the last 90 days of this year?
I’ve been feeling convicted about some things that are taking my focus away from the best thing. I’m committed to finish the year strong, knowing I chose the good thing, smiling and laughing with my children, looking into their eyes and not in a screen, finishing my goals with integrity by simplifying.
So, I’ve cut my goals almost in half to finish the year strong. Choosing the best thing. Soaking up the moments and the memories of my children and enjoying life.
Also, I don’t want to go into 2018 with the same list of goals because I thought I had to “do it all.”
How do you plan to Finish the Year Strong?
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