My Personal Q3 2020 Goals

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Goals? Why? This year is trash!

Yes, 2020 has been trash, but I cannot in good conscience throw my whole year away. While Q2 was a total wash, I’ve decided to reinvigorate my Q3 goals. This year is not yet lost!

This post is for anyone, who like me, is not convinced that we need a 2020 do over. I have to believe that there is some good going to come from all of the madness. It’s the only thing keeping me going, LOL. Can I just say the fact that we’re calling this year trash and we’re only halfway through it, says a lot? I feel like I’ve been in perpetual side eye mode. 

2020 has perfected my side eye game!

Hopefully, you have already set Q3 goals for the rest of the year. If you haven’t, I hope you’ll be inspired to create some. If you have already set your Q3 goals, we can compare notes and keep each other accountable along the way. 

I know 2020 has beat a lot of us down thus far, and we have had a lot to contend with in the last six months. However, we can’t allow that to keep us down. (I was feeling real cheerleader-ish when I wrote that and I hope you felt it!)

Confession Time

I have a history of starting and stopping SO much stuff (this website included). If things aren’t exactly the way I think they should be, I stop. In case you aren’t aware, this method doesn’t help you accomplish goals…at all. (That’s total sarcasm folks.) What it makes you do, is not finish a lot of things. I used to tell myself that I just got bored, but deep down, I know that wasn’t the case. If I finish stuff, along comes the expectation from myself that it be great, or that I have to elevate and do the next thing. I know you’re thinking that this sounds productive, and it is. It can also be overwhelming, and my case triggers my fear/perfection issues. You see where I’m going with this? It is a vicious cycle.

The Goal Game Changer

At the end of 2019, I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. It was a game changer! It helped me see that by solely focusing on my goals, I was triggering my own failure. As you can probably guess by the title, the book encourages the shift to focusing on your habits. Do I keep the goals? Sure, but I look at the habits I need to start, stop, keep, or modify for results.

About Those Q3 Goals

Here’s how my goals and habits are shaping up for this quarter:

Goal: Read and review 15 books

Habit: Keep – Read for at least 45 minutes as part of my weekday morning routine (1 hr weekends). Start – scheduling time to write reviews.

Notes: I typically read much more than this, but it is baseline that keeps me on task. The writing the review part is going to be a challenge. As you can see here, I read and rarely review.

Goal: Re-launch Dash & Stir, gain 300 new blog subscribers.

Habit: Start – Write and post at least twice a week to blog. Start – weekly newsletter. 

Notes: There are A LOT more habits for this. 🙂 If you’re reading this, subscribe and help a sista out!

Goal: Get into my Siatta jeans comfortably. 

Habit: Modify – 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days/week. Start – tracking caloric intake. 

Notes: I can get into these jeans, but they are TIGHT, like I’m scared to bend over or sit down tight. I currently exercise, but it is not 5 days/week. When I track calories, I am much more conscious of what I am eating.

Goal: Declutter the main floor (which is part of a bigger declutter the house goal)

Habit: Start – Scheduling a specific weekly declutter time.

Note: The main floor consists of the living room, dining room, kitchen/pantry, and office. Gotta love an open floor plan. :-/

Goal: Create a second stream of income.

Habit: Stop – giving my talent away. Start – charging for your knowledge. Keep – sharing my gifts

Note: I’m the queen of “have you thought about…” and the next thing you know, I’m in full consulting mode. I recently provided some content strategy suggestions to my friend. Her follow-up was “when can we schedule a full consult, and what is your rate?” Me: I’ll get back to you! 

Let’s Get It

This gives you a bit of insight into what I’ll be up to for the next few months as I try to salvage what’s left of 2020. Do you follow the method of setting small habits to achieve your goals as mentioned in Atomic Habits? Try it out. Drop a comment to share one of your goals for this quarter. We can be goal friends and will turn this trashy year into a treasure!

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