2018: Goals

2018: Goals

I love the New Year, I’m a complete cliche in that I truly believe that if you want to go ahead and ‘New Year, New Me’ then you can totally go ahead and do that, now I do not necessarily mean you jump out of bed on January the 1st and your all of a sudden reborn, but I do think that you can change your outlook, perspective, routine, values, goals providing a basis for growth.

This year I would like to balance my work, university and free time a lot better than I did this year. Instead of being organised I ended up trying to juggle seven different things with just two hands and to be honest it was a bit of a disaster. I neglected my friends and family, did not perform as well as I would have liked in work and due to an end of year mental health crisis, university assignments suffered and I did not do as well as I could of.

However, with 2018 upon us, I am confident that I can put some measures in place to plan my way to a better year and you can too. This year I didn’t opt for a fancy planner, instead, I went for a simple 365  planner, you can check out the exact one on Amazon here.

Below you can see I have used Boho Berry’s headings for her Level 10 Life to plan my goals for various areas of my life in 2018.

Friends & Family

  • Send Birthday cards
  • Phone Grandparents at least once a fortnight
  • Visit home every four months
  • Meet up with friends regularly

Personal Development

  • Read more self-help books (Happiness by Design, The 4-Hour Work Week, How to Win Friends and Influence People)
  • Create a personal development plan
  • Set monthly goals
  • Return to counselling


I never actually thought of myself as a spiritual person until I read the Huffington Posts article on What Does It Mean To Be Spiritual.

”Being a spiritual person is synonymous with being a person whose highest priority is to be loving to yourself and others. A spiritual person cares about people, animals and the planet. A spiritual person knows that we are all One, and consciously attempts to honour this Oneness. A spiritual person is a kind person.”

  • Become more environmentally friendly and sustainable
  • Get involved in a community project
  • Practice meditation


  • Save £2,500
  • Start paying back my student loan
  • Organise a file full of important documents, bank statements, birth certificate, passport.


  • Complete my Assistant Managers Training
  • Graduate University
  • Go fulltime


  • Celebrate our first anniversary
  • Go on our first holiday abroad
  • Try two new activities

Fun & Recreation

  • Attend a bog conference
  • Take a weekend trip
  • Meet up with the girls at least 4 times during the year

Giving & Contribution

  • Volunteer to serve Christmas dinner to the homeless
  • Raise money for a good cause
  • Donate clothes and items I no longer want or need to a charity shop

Physical Environment

  • Finish decorating our home
  • Create an Instagram worthy office
  • Make a start on the garden
  • Create a family dining room

Health & Fitness

  • Take up Yoga (again)
  • Train for 5K
  • Go meat-free at home
  • Learn to cook at least four delicious meals in my slow cooker
  • See a doctor about my continuous back pain and headaches

So, there we have my goals for 2018, I haven’t picked too many challenging ones this year as my degree and what comes after will be stressful enough, I’m looking forward to revisiting these next December and doing my goals for 2019 as 2019 will be the year I’m free from university and grinding full time at work.

What’s your number one goal for 2018?


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  1. January 9, 2018 / 3:34 pm

    Wow, a long list but such a good one! Personal development is so important and is often one that gets forgotten about.

    • theessenceofred
      January 10, 2018 / 11:29 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      I definitely thing Personal Development is overlooked when people think about their goals. Do you have any goals for this year?

  2. January 9, 2018 / 3:40 pm

    I love the variety in your subcategories, there’s a lot of goals here! Good luck achieving them all. I think it’s great you’ve included a physical environment category. Being happy in your space can have such an impact on your mood x


    • theessenceofred
      January 10, 2018 / 11:28 pm

      Hi Sophie,

      I completely agree being happy with your space and surroundings can really impact your mood and your actions. It can make you productive, unproductive, uncomfortable, too comfortable etc. I’m looking for a good balance this year.

  3. January 9, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I love your goals, I’m having a really hard time thinking of more goals for myself and this was fantastic inspiration 🙂 looking forward to your 2019 post about how they went!

    • theessenceofred
      January 10, 2018 / 11:27 pm

      Hi Keri,

      I definitely found it harder to make goals this year than previous years as I know work and university are going to take up a lot of my time so I wanted to make them realistic and easily obtainable. I hope you come up with some goals for this year too.

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