I’m not entirely sure where 2019 went. It both flew by and lasted forever, all at the same time. I don’t feel that I accomplished much. You’re supposed to be better than you were yesterday or last year, but I’m not sure I’ve achieved that. It’s now time to take a look at my year in review. Where I was, where I am, and where I’m headed in 2020 (though that post goes live tomorrow).
In 2019, I let PowerSheets dictate my goals and how I would approach the year. I had heard so many people speak so highly of them, and I thought it would be a great option for someone who isn’t the best at setting goals and strategic steps along the way. Honestly, I would not recommend them.
Like I said, I’m not the best with goals. There’s a ton of “prep work” that you have to do before you even set your goals with PowerSheets. It gets a bit redundant. Then, you’re encouraged to set 10 goals. That’s an excessive number for a year. You’re also supposed to keep them fairly general, which is not how goals work. I thought they did a decent job of helping you set goals, but a terrible job of helping you achieve them.
A lot of people love them. All in all, they were not for me.
Year in Review: Goals Check In
- Buy a house. I actually did this one! Part of me has tried to diminish it a little bit because I don’t like to toot my own horn, but I purchased a house as a single young female millennial. That’s pretty impressive if you’ve read all of the articles that say we millennials can’t do it. Catch up on how I did it!
- Improve physical fitness and become more confident. Ehh. This one didn’t really pan out. I found a gym that I like better which means I’m more likely to work out more often, but I haven’t developed that habit yet. More on that later…
- Develop and show my love for others more often. I don’t know how I receive love, but I do show it by giving gifts and compliments and such. Now, I try to always share a positive word when it’s there. In 2020, I’m hoping to plan well enough to send celebration cards to all of my friends and family on special days.
- Be a better adult. I think I’ve done this one fairly well. I bought a house, took over my car insurance, put my clothes away when they come out of the dryer, wash my dishes when I’m done with them…
- Nurture positive mental health. Yeah, no on this one. It was a rough year.
- Make money from blogging. Maybe I’m not doing anything right, but I haven’t made money. It’s been a lot of time investment, and I’m technically in the hole when you consider hosting fees and everything.
- Build a fierce community online and offline. I didn’t do too well here. I was full of excuses for why I wasn’t going out and meeting people, and I need to break that habit.
- Boost and improve professional development. This year, I did manage to take a few online courses to help supplement some missing knowledge that I had. There are still talents I want to work on and develop, but it was a fair start.
- Reconnect with my Catholicism. I was doing fairly well with this the first part of the year. Once my house hunt and move and everything kicked in, it fell by the wayside.
- Become financially sound. Well, I did manage to buy a house. And my savings account is just about back to where it was before the house was purchased. My car will be paid off in 2020 (spoiler alert).
I guess I’d give myself a solid 35% on the year. Like I said, 10 goals was excessive. I’m taking a different approach in 2020. I’m bound to find something that works for me one of these days.