My 14 Goals for 2014 – What Are Yours?

My 14 Goals for 2014 – What Are Yours? January 1, 2014

I know many of you hate making New Year’s resolutions, but the optimist in me always loves the freshness of a new year, a new calendar, and an opportunity to “do better” in the year ahead.

This year, instead of resolutions I’ve decided to give myself fourteen goals for the New Year. I’ve tried to choose things that are quantifiable, that I can track and actually “check off” as I accomplish them. I’m actually working on an Evernote file to help me to track some of the recurring goals. I think it will be fun to look back next December and see how I did on these.

So now, in no particular order, here are my 14 goals for 2014:

  1. Begin each day by reading the Gospel – I’m off to a great start on this one thanks to a new feature we have at
  2. Walk/jog a 5K in my community.
  3. Write my college-aged sons a letter each month.
  4. Visit my parents at their home in Mississippi.
  5. Write two children’s novels (this is in the works — more news on this project soon).
  6. Organize my photo albums and establish a solid backup system for my digital archives.
  7. Immediately scan and file my business expense receipts in a system that does not involve a shoe box.
  8. Commit to keeping a daily bullet journal.
  9. Cook at least two dinners at home per week. (This is a blog post waiting to happen…)
  10. Walk 10,000 steps per day at least 5 times per week. Track with the aid of my Fitbit.
  11. Attend my women’s prayer group at least 2 times per month (travel schedule permitting).
  12. Write at least three solid blog posts per week.
  13. Donate at least one bag of clothing or gently used items from my home to charity at least once per month.
  14. Organize my library, including scanning books as they are received into my Goodreads archive and donating at least one bag of books per month to my parish or local library.

Sharing these goals with you will hopefully help keep me accountable. I’d love to do the same for those of you who wish to share yours. Please feel free to share them in the comments below or share a link if you’ve got them listed on your own blog.

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.
Philippians 4:13

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  • Sherry

    I love your goals, good luck with all of them!

    • lisahendey

      Thanks Sherry! Are you a resolution/goal maker?

      • Sherry

        Yep. I’ve made 20 of them. Reading a book a month, losing 15 lbs this year, writing more…I actually love setting these sorts of goals.

        • Sherry, wow! 20?!? Then again…I probably have about 100 if I count them. I just don’t. Because then I’ll be overwhelmed and I’ll curl up in a fetal position and not move forward. 🙂

  • timinorlando

    Here we go:

    1. Go to the YMCA at least twice a week (usually yoga, rarely swimming)

    2. Maintain my weight. Using LoseIt on my iPhone “religiously”.

    3. Read at least two books this year as in 2013 (I know it doesn’t sound like much). One of them was “Geekpriest”! I am on Goodreads, too.

    4. Transcribe my travel journals and integrate with photos (multi-year project).

    5. Write at least one snail-mail letter a month. E-mail doesn’t count.

    6. Complete two pie-in-the-sky projects I have been working on for years (prayers welcome).

    7. Visit my Atlanta family at least once this year unconnected to holiday or business meeting.

    8. Read “Evangelii Gaudium” at some point.

    9. Keep Matthew 6 in my prefrontal cortex (i.e., don’t worry, be happy).

    • lisahendey

      Tim these are awesome. I really love your numbers 8 & 9. You’ll LOVE EG. Question about your travel journals — do you keep paper journals? What is your goal for transcribing them?

      And I’m praying with you for your #6.

      • timinorlando

        Starting with our honeymoon (1984), I have kept a journal almost any time I have been on a trip of more than 4-5 days. I also love photography and have pictures from film to slides to digital and video. Therefore, I am looking at about 15 “journals” of various kinds on the floor next to me, mostly the old speckled black composition book kind. I have also taken literally thousands of pictures now in the form of slides, prints, negatives and digital files on external hard drives and DVDs. I am also staring at miniDV tapes containing many hours of memories. I had to buy an old video camera on Craigslist just to be able to play them and, hopefully, back them up. Sometimes I wonder if all this memory-keeping says something about me psychologically!
        My goal is to make sure everything is scanned and backed up. I just recently started transcribing the journals into my Mac’s Pages app. Photos can be nested anywhere in the text. As I said, this is definitely a multi-year project.

    • Oooo, I should have included #8 in mine. And I love your #9.

  • Alrighty, you’re forcing ME to be accountable. (And I am starting an evernote note on this now…) I’ll tune back in so that I can be accountable too. (Not that anyone else has time to babysit me, but hey, saying it in public is useful, I agree…)

    • lisahendey

      We do that for each other right? I’m thinking about doing a monthly checkin on this on the 14th of each month to report back…

  • roughplacesplain

    You and Sarah have inspired me and I’m compiling a list of goals now. I’m wondering how you’re using Evernote to track your goals? I love Evernote, but I’m pretty sure I don’t use it to its potential. Hmmm, there’s another goal… – nancyo

    • lisahendey

      Here’s what I’ve got — my goals each have a timeline (daily, weekly, monthly, or “once this year”). I’ve got a daily task list that will include the daily tasks. For the weekly tasks, I’m keeping those in my daily calendar (bullet journal) too, but the monthly and “once this year” goals have gone into a table on Evernote that I can mark each month (or click a checkbox for the “once” goals) as I go along. Hope that helps.

      • roughplacesplain

        Thanks, Lisa, that does help. I’ve got to do more with tables on Evernote.

      • Oooo. Now I like THAT too, Lisa. Waaaay more OCD that I was… Hmmmmmm. #tryingtorefrainfromdroppingeverythinganddoingthisRIGHTNOW

    • Oh Nancy, I’m pretty sure I can go on and on and ON about Evernote. This probably requires a post of its own.

      Here’s the short answer: I have a notebook called Goals. So that’s my dumping ground. For this year’s goals, I made a new note, which I put in that notebook. I also, though, put it in my to-do notebook, so that it’s in front of me. Because I want to make these goals habits and something that I achieve…not in a “it’s done, it’s over” kind of way, but in a “it’s part of how I live my life” kind of way.

      Does that help?

      • roughplacesplain

        Yes, yes it does help, thanks! I am an Evernote fiend, but I’m pretty sure I don’t use it to potential. I will try to implement some of your and Lisa’s methods for my goal tracking.

  • Ginny

    I love your #3. And your #5: How intriguing!

    New Year’s Day always makes me happy, too, with its clean-slate kind of feeling. And then I always hesitate to make actual resolutions, knowing that I probably won’t stick with them. But I do have a few key goals:

    1) Eat more vegetables
    2) Go to bed earlier
    3) Spend less time online (ironic that I am sharing this on a blog post)!
    4) Experiment with new kinds of prayer.

    Should keep me busy, no? 🙂

    • lisahendey

      Thanks for chiming in Ginny! I love your #1 — I need to do that too (actually, I need to do all of them!). Interestingly, my fitbit tracks sleep. I’ve been using it for about a week and I think that information is going to help me in being more productive. Here’s to an awesome 2014~

      • Lisa, how’s your whole food thing going? Didn’t you start that last year? You wrote about it a bit and then I don’t remember hearing more (though I went off the charts and didn’t pay attention for a while…)

        You have me intrigued about this Fitbit thing. You should do a Tech Talk post about that…SOON.

        • lisahendey

          Give me a date and I will definitely post about Fitbit. I love it. The WHOLE 30 is a time limited nutrition plan that I did several times in 2013. I took off the entire Fall, but am about ready to kick it into gear again after several months of eating whatever (and paying for it!). I wish I could be a more moderate person, but I’m just not…

  • Allison Gingras

    I have done these lists for years, this is my first foray into sharing it … I love the accountability aspect of making it public!! Once again Lisa – banner idea!! Here is a link to my ‘goal’ blog:

  • Lisann

    Lovely goals..especially #3. Sharing mine here hoping it keeps me accountable

  • I really like the concept. I already do this in Evernote for professional development, time for a new notebook for personal development.

    • lisahendey

      Thanks for your comment – I pray that you have a fantastic and productive 2014!

      • You and Sarah helped inspire me to set goals for 2014 and I have built it all out in Evernote in nested notebooks and using Note Links.

        • Um wow. I’m in awe of you, Steven!

          • Thanks Sarah. Last year I dropped 65lbs from July 1st to December 31st. Eliminated Gluten, Ate whole foods and did DDP Yoga Every Day. but that is only 1 area this year will be about balancing Mind, Body and Spiritual development.

  • Stuart

    All noble goals. I can’t do #14 though. Hoping to raise a priest or two, so want my books available to them if they want them. 🙂 Any duplicates I have though, I gift to friends or our Young Adult group.

    • lisahendey

      That’s completely valid Stuart. If you could take a look at my office, you’d see why this is a priority for me this year.

      • Stuart


      • Same here! Though I agree with Stuart that a bag a month is a LOT of books to get rid of… 🙂

    • Stuart, I am refraining from Ultra Snark on you…

      I have a bit of a book hogging problem too, but I’ve been working on it…slowly…sloooooowly…

      • Stuart

        Feel free to go Ultra Snark on me if you must…just know that if you do, I will then challenge you to Words with Friends and consume more of your time!

        • Nah, I won’t accept your challenge. But Scramble? I’m helpless when faced with Scramble. #favoritegame

          • Stuart

            Pass…Scrabble > Boggle

          • Be careful. I have snowballs here.