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2022 Goal Setting: Five things to do before setting your goals

Don't over complicate your 2022 goal setting process. Do these five things to do before setting your 2022 goals to ensure a successful year!

Simple steps to ensure a successful year

Can you believe that 2022 is right around the corner?!?! No, me either. You are probably tempted to pull out your J.O.T Journal of Thoughts and began planning for the new year. I am too. But, before we get ahead of ourselves and start planning our adventures, 2022 goal setting, and creating priority list, it is vitally important to go through the five steps below. In today’s post, I am sharing five things you absolutely must do before creating your 2022 goals. I assure you, if you take the time to go through this process, you will set yourself up for success in the coming year.


Before setting your 2022 goals take the time to:

  1. Celebrate your accomplishments
  2. Carry over any unfinished or multi-year goals
  3. Document any lessons learned and opportunities for improvement
  4. “Brain dump” to capture all of your aspirations, even if they are stretch goals
  5. Document milestones and unique circumstances that you expect in 2022

Why these steps are important to your 2022 goal setting process:

These steps are important because they give you a firm foundation. These steps allow you to build your 2022 goals on the heels of your wins from 2021 and the lessons learned throughout the year.

In addition, these steps give you an opportunity to anticipate the needs of the new year that may impact your 2022 goal setting process in advance. How unfortunate would it be to start goal setting and then realize that your goals conflict with an important milestone.

Start the new year with a proactive mindset. Plan ahead and strategize so that you can accomplish your goals!

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Celebrate your accomplishments

When you celebrate your accomplishments, it motivates you to keep going. Purpose-driven women who are navigating motherhood, career, business, and other purpose projects juggle several competing priorities. Take some time to reflect on all you have accomplished and celebrate. It’s a form of selfcare and motivation.

I shared a similar thought in my blog post. It is really important to celebrate accomplishments along your journey. I’m not advocating for boasting or bragging. You can celebrate in private, with those closes to you, or more formally. The purpose of this step it to acknowledge your wins. For those who prefer to “move in silence”, that’s ok too. Celebrate by treating yourself to something special or give yourself a pat on the back.

As a purpose-driven mother, I’m sure you have numerous wins you can pull from as motivation for your future. Big or small, a win is a win!

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Here are some simple yet motivating ways in which you can celebrate your accomplishments:

  • Share your wins with your family
  • Create an accomplishments board in your planner or journal
  • Once you’ve checked your to-do list boxes, write an encouraging not to yourself or scripture – EX. “Go ME! I did it!!”
  • Buy a small treat that you enjoy to celebrate
  • Create an accomplished goals list to keep in your phone or journal

Carry over unfinished and multi-year goals

Before you kick start the 2022 goal setting process, examine your current goals and perhaps goals from years past to address any lingering goals. Create space to finish the work you started but left unfinished.

The benefit of this step is that you can focus on continued growth. Often, success builds upon success. When someone jumps from task to task or goal to goal, it decreases productivity and does not yield sustainable success. Stay consistent and grow forward!


Setting multi-year goals is not something that I see often in the planner guru
world.  Typically, I find that for moms, we tend to not plan that far out in advance. I believe this is a missed opportunity. Long-term goals setting enables you to set purposeful short-term goals. Long-term goals setting provides present
day clarity. Multi-year goals also help to ensure each year is purpose-filled
and purpose-aligned.  

Document lessons learned

Taking the time to document any lessons learned and opportunities for improvement you reduce the risk of making the same (or similar) mistakes over and over. It also helps you to plan and strategize more effectively because you know what things to avoid. Don’t skip this step when you are 2022 goal setting.

I love this quote from John C. Maxwell, “Because in life, the question is not if you will have problems, but how you are going to deal with them. Stop failing backward and start failing forward!” I’ve heard some moms say they don’t believe in using the work failure, but instead lessons. We can debate over work usage at a later time. The premise will remain. Life has challenges and throws us curve balls every now and again. It is up to us to learn how to navigate and deal with them. In doing so we pick up wisdom for our Career Mom Toolkit that will come in handy later in life.

Create a “Brain Dump”

As mothers, we typically have “a million and one” task and topics spinning through our heads at one time. Can you relate? I encourage you to try a technique called a “Brain dump” to capture all of your aspirations, even if they are stretch goals.

The practice of creating a brain dump involves setting aside dedicated time to just journal or write down all of your thoughts around a specific topic or timeframe. This will help you to visualize, on paper, the number of interconnected tasks you have related to a time period or topic.

Document your upcoming key dates and milestones

Take some time to document milestones and unique circumstance that you anticipate in the coming year. You can capture these activities in your brain dump or complete as a separate assignment. The purpose of this step is to ensure you are proactivity thinking about key dates.

Planner Guru Tip: For me, I typically pull out a calendar and take note of anniversaries, travel dates, graduations, milestones, and other important dates that I am aware of. This helps me to effectively juggle competing priorities. It allows me to project plan for major events and manage my time effectively during busy months.

In conclusion, I hope that you found these simple tips helpful and abundantly impactful. Be intentional about your 2022 goal setting process if you wish to see maximum results.  This time next year, I assure you that you will say, “I’m so glad I approached my goal setting process strategically”.  Subscribe to the blog so that you can check in this time next year.

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