A 2017 Goal Planning Tool

By December 17, 2016Inspiration

goal planningLast month I shared a microscopic look at how I use preparedness to keep things running smoothly in my home. This included the entrepreneurial side of things, like making lists — my favorite planning activity.

Today, with a new year looming around the corner, I want to talk big picture: Goal Planning.

2017 Goal Planning

I am a visual person, so big picture goal planning has always been a favorite activity of mine. Around this time of year, usually after Christmas, I’ll make myself a tea, cozy up by the fireplace, and allow myself to dream big. To think about all of the things I would like to accomplish.

It started back in 2008, I sat down with a pen and paper and broke down my goals into different life areas. For some reason, my creativity expands when I have parameters to work within.

I break goals down into four areas:

  1. Home life – What do I want to accomplish in and around my home. Relationships and even things like home renovations could go here.
  2. Work life – What do I want to accomplish in work this year?
  3. Inner work – This is more personal growth focused. Don’t skip this! We all have work to do.
  4. Outer work – This is all about health.

I have shared this goal planner widely, and today I am sharing it here.

Goal Planner 2017

(click text above to download)

This is a 14-page document that will allow you to brainstorm, write out a good copy of your goals, keep track of them through the year, and eventually, reflect on your accomplishments. I hope you find it useful. (There are a few formatting imperfections, please ignore those!)

Looking ahead to 2017, I know that there will be ups and downs. There are every year. But I have big goals for next year (secure an agent, get a book deal!), and I hope you dream big too.

Happy Holidays!

Heidi Oran
Heidi Oran is a writer, and works in advertising and marketing. She has a passion for generational discussion, and has been writing about millennials since 2011. You can contact Heidi via email here or visit her site at HeidiOran.com.

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  • Thanks for the article, Heidi! I really liked the goal planner, thanks for the free copy 🙂

    I think when I look at a goal planning structure like that, it can be really overwhelming. I think I’m blessed and grateful to know what some long term goals are – starting my own coaching business, write another book, stuff like that. However, many millennials aren’t even there yet – they don’t even have a long term goal like that! Those 4 areas – Home, Work, Inner, Outer – are a great framework. But what if someone doesn’t even know where they want to be a year from now? What it their goals consist of “watch less tv” and “exercise more” and “start a business.”

    What are some ways to even start on creating a goal, if you don’t even know what you want to do?


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