With the start of the new year, I have been thinking about what I would like to accomplish this year. It seems like every year I set out with big plans, only to have life or other things get in the way. Part of this is that I haven't really been setting SMART goals (See examples from 2014 and 2015). The goals I tired to set have been more I really want to do this, but don't really have a clear path or plan to accomplish it. Everyone knows that type of goal setting doesn't work.
I wanted this year to be different. So I decided to select a guiding principle for the year. It will provide a foundation and be my guide for choices and decisions during the year. My guiding principle for this year is Balance.
Balance has been a struggle for me since E was born. I tend to say yes too often, and this leads to being overwhelmed. Part of it is because I don't want to miss out on anything and I am thankful for the opportunities I have been blessed with. There are so many things I want to do and it is hard to remember that I can't to everything all the time.
By having balance as my focus for the year, I hope to make smart choices and take on the things that are important and learn to let the not so important things go. My goal for this year is to look at each opportunity I am presented with and ask what it does to the balance in my life. If I can do it and not feel crazy, then it is good, if not it is time to say no.