2018: My personal goals

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Happy New Year everyone! I’ve just dusted off my computer, dug up a shiny new notebook and made myself a cup of lemon/ginger/kurkuma/honey tea. 2018 is going to be a great year, and of course I’m kicking it of with big plans! Here’s my list of personal aims and goals for this year:

1. Be more organised.

Last year I started the year with creating a bullet journal. Sadly I only managed to keep up with it for about 4 months, after which I fell back to my usual routine of keeping a gazillion messy To Do lists which I consequently kept losing. Thus feeling that I was always running after the facts, instead of feeling like I was on top of things! Keeping a bullet journal is such a great way to organise and prioritise so I’m starting another one today and hope to keep up with it. I definitely want to be more organised and dedicate more time to Other Important Things this year (see point 2).

Also — the past year we have started to use an online management tool (Trello) with Babyccino. It’s been a little challenging to get the hang of it, but now I’m a total convert and even use it for some of my personal organisation. For example, I keep gift ideas per family member in there (with photos and links), To Do lists for the house, the address and phone lists of the children’s classmates, etc. Because I can access everything from my phone I can always easily reach this information. I can also share my lists with Tamar (and assign tasks to him!), which comes in super handy. I plan to use Trello more this year and understand more of its functionalities.

2. Dedicate more time to Other Important Things.

This is a yearly returning personal goal for me. I want and need to spend more time sewing, knitting, cooking, crafting, drawing, painting, designing, writing… Creative things! Both on my own and also with friends, and of course with the children. Making and creating is just something I enjoy so much and which gives me so much energy, and I haven’t spent enough time doing it the past years.

I also want and need to spend more time on personal care and relaxation, like spending 20 minutes a day on yoga, taking time to take a bath, read a book, have a manicure, pedicure, wax, a facial or a massage even?!!? The kind of things which I never allow myself to spend time or money on, but which will make me feel better about myself and thus will make me a better and more enjoyable wife, mother and friend.

Regularly enjoy culture and travel. In short — getting out of the house more for something else other than work, errands or children. I want to visit the theaters more, enjoy concerts, see shows and expositions, museums, plan weekends and vacations away ahead of time. I love being at home and being cosy, but I get so much positive and creative energy from seeing what’s out there too! Again, this is about prioritising my/our time, and of course, dedicating money towards it as well.

3. Be better about budgeting.

OK, this is definitely my weakest point, because I just don’t like thinking about money much, but I do feel it would be good to create an overview of household expenses and see where we can save and economise. I feel that money is just flying out of our hands, and I want to have more of an understanding of our spendings and savings (as far as we even do save!), and be more sensible about it all. I’m going to make an effort to get on top of this and learn more about budgeting.

4. Learn something new regularly.

Apparently, research suggests that learning something new regularly may be an excellent way to overcome feelings of stress. There’s a lot of talk about the need to rest and meditate to reduce stress, but if the situation itself doesn’t change, one can feel frustrated and, again, stressful immediately after the time of rest. Learning something new apparently gives positive energy and can help dealing with stressful situations and environments. I’m going to remind myself that it’s important to keep learning and developing myself!

What do you think of my list? They’re pretty big ideas! But I’m going to make an effort to implement these aims and goals and we’ll see how I get along. BTW, I would love to hear if you have any ideas or links to great articles, good books, useful short online workshops, great places to visit, fun projects to undertake, etc etc. I’m interested in all sorts of different fields so I would love to hear about everything you feel is remotely interesting and inspiring. Also, I would love to hear about your personal goals and resolutions. Do you have any?

Cheers to 2018 and to making it magic!

xxx Esther

PS I only have 8 weeks to go before our baby is due to arrive, so I’d better get my act together soon :)!


Comments (12)

January 9, 2018

Great list! Your first 3 are on my list too, but n°4 is a good one too! For budgeting I can recommend using YNAB (=you need a budget). I only started using it at the end of November last year, but I already feel so much more in control of our finances.

Esther in Amsterdam
January 9, 2018

Thanks! I’m installing YNAB as I’m writing this. Fingers crossed!! 😉

January 9, 2018

Our goals are VERY much aligned 🙂 xx

Esther in Amsterdam
January 9, 2018

Great minds… 😂

January 9, 2018

Love this! I think I need to write down my goals too! Cannot wait for the baby to turn up!!!

Esther in Amsterdam
January 9, 2018

You’ll be pleased to know that I put this list in my ‘Personal Goals’ list in Trello too 😜

Toast & Ty
January 9, 2018

Brilliant – I love this list.. and the eight weeks to the new babe 🙂

Esther in Amsterdam
January 9, 2018

Eeks! I’m definitely not ready yet!!! 😬😳

January 9, 2018

I did this (free) 5-day challenge (‘Goals With Intention Challenge’) which I found surprisingly helpful. It involved watching one ten-min video per day for 5 days and helped me set my goals, both business & personal. I see that the link has since changed so I’m not sure if you can still access it online?
( One goal I’m determined to pursue this year is to step out of my comfort zone more and face my fears! Zumba classes, here I come 😉

Esther in Amsterdam
January 10, 2018

It looks like it’s still accessible, thank you! I will definitely follow the series! And yes — facing your fears — good one. Not sure what Zumba is but it sounds scary enough 😂. Good luck!! xx

January 12, 2018

Great list, thanks for sharing! I came across bullet journalling at the end of December and immediately started one in January. So far, it has been really helpful and my kitchen counter is nice and tidy, what with all the missing flying around notes.:-) We’ll be on holiday next week (in Egmont in Holland!!) and I can’t wait to write down my goals for this year with time and clarity. But one thing is already clear: I want to be gentler with me and the kids. So often I find myself hustleling and hurrying and somehow transferring my stress to the kids. I want to smile more and laugh more and talk calmly not nervously.
All the best with baby number 5!!! (I’m number 4 of 6) Wow, so exciting!

Esther in Amsterdam
January 15, 2018

I think my point 2 will help with that — often, I feel, I’m impatient with my kids because in the end I don’t feel happy myself… Take care of yourself first! Enjoy Egmond this week!! xx

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