You set some goals, now what? (strategies to put your goals into action)

Life on Purpose! Not letting your days just pass by and life just happen to you. It means making some changing habits, thinking about your vision for you life, setting goals and putting them into action. 

If you want to live your life on purpose then you need to put the time in to decide what it would look like for YOU.

You can’t look around at anyone else when you make your list, you have to listen to your own values, your own interests, your own needs.

There are lots of ways to write out your values and goals that line up with them. I made this Year on Purpose workbook as one option. (Get your copy by filling in your email below).

This free workbook is an easy way to help you identify the year you want, set some goals and habits to help guide you there. Live your life on purpose.

What does your year on purpose look like?

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This free workbook is an easy way to help you identify the year you want, set some goals and habits to help guide you there. Live your life on purpose.

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If you have taken the time to set some vision for the coming year I want to help you take the next step.

Because if you are like me, the next step is where things tend to fizzle out. This was a hard step for me to learn.  Really, I had no clue how people got from bold lettered list of goals #beawesometoday to actually getting them done. I felt like there was this big gap I couldn’t quite fill.


Over the past few years I tried different attempts at getting things done…..

Here are some strategies to put your goals into action!

monthly challenges

eg. the whole30, or the moms30for30 – where the all or nothing approach can tire you in the process but hopefully it will train you to make some lasting changes. For example, the Whole30 resulted in me changing my breakfast from a sweet and carb-laden, like waffles or toast with PB and honey, to now eggs and vegetables WHAT!? I’m an ADULT PEOPLE! MAKING GOOD BREAKFAST CHOICES! I would never have made this shift without being almost forced into it by the Whole30. 

one small habit

I had this year where I would work on changing one small habit each month. They were habits like reading instead of scrolling social media each night, read my planner each morning, do ten sit-ups a day, drink more water, take vitamins every day, exercise in the morning *snort. Some of these have been lasting and useful in my life – like I’ve read a buttload of books!  Then sometimes I picked a habit that just wasn’t right for my season of life and it was a flop – who is getting up in the morning to exercise when they hate both these things? I can’t do squats until my waffle has settled

weekly focus

This was one of my most successful approaches. Each week, in my bullet journal, I would set out three things to focus on. A focus for my parenting, worklife, and personal life. These were very useful for me to stay on task without making it an errand I had to complete in a day, rather a mindset I could approach my week with.

examples of my weekly focus would be

family: encourage curiosity in kids

work: planning an email newsletter

personal: do more reading

I do think it needs to sometimes be taken a step further to break it down into steps or ideas. Like for ‘curiosity for kids’ I am most successful if I list out some things we could do that would accomplish this.

daily activity

This is jumping off the weekly focus. If I could write down one thing to do that day that would help me with any of my goals/habits/projects then it would give me the mindset to prepare for it and actually get it done.

I found this approach most helpful when I had all three kids at home. I would have to plan out what we would eat, a craft or something to keep them busy, and any kind of task or project I hoped to do (like send an email, or sort laundry, or write a blog post).  Sometimes this approach can help feel like you have your ISH together and sometimes you toss it out the window when your kid is sick and your toilet overflows and you ran out of coffee (or so I’ve heard).


BUT, here is the thing I’ve found needs to happen first.

You need to make a list. Yes, another list. Come on, if you want Life on Purpose, you don’t get there without dorking out a little!

Besides, lists have superpowers.  Writing things down makes you more likely to accomplish them, helps you dump out and sort your brain, reveals things you didn’t know where there and takes out the legwork of asking yourself how you can best spend your week/day. Once you make these lists you will just need to pick some from the list and get on with your week.

Taking the lists you have made in the Year on Purpose book, you will have lists of habits/goals/projects and a bucket list. So get out your planner/calendar/bullet journal and make these master lists:

break it down!

Look at all the habits and goals you want to work on this year and write out of how you can break it down into doable tasks.  Think of the errands you will need to run, the mindsets you will hope to have, the hurdles you need to plan against and how you will keep motivated. I’ll give you a few examples of my own:

  • Habit: go on the elliptical every two days
    • Steps: buy an elliptical, clear a spot in the house to set it up, watch youtube videos on how to use one, start using it when Conor is off shift so I can learn it without the kids around, look at Pinterest for some motivation, lay out my clothes the night before, track my progress in my planner etc.
  • Hobbies: practice my hand lettering more regularly
    • Steps: gather and organize all my supplies, put them handy to the kitchen so I can do it while kids are busy, add it to weekly focus to work on, watch videos on instagram, use my lettering instagram acct. to keep accountable to practice

change some habits

I am a big habit nerd. Not because I am good at forming healthy habits but because I have found that my success directly depends on my habits. In fact, I would argue it is more effective to change your habits than to set some goals.

When you look at the habits you want to start in 2018 don’t feel like you have to do them all at once. First, write a master list of the habits you want to work on and pick one a month, or a week, depending on how Beyonce-ish you are feeling. Just keep it doable so you don’t feel like a failure.

plan it out

Finally, look at your bucket list and projects and put it on the calendar. 

This is a hard one for me. I have this mental block where I can’t even entertain the idea of a project until I’m face to face with it. It can be so important to just set a date and try your best to keep accountable in meeting it.  Accountability is key for me. This is where my husband comes in, he is the action-oriented person in our family. Like a regular morning looks like me talking about feelings over waffles and he is patching up broken drywall somewhere in the vicinity.

Grab a calendar for the next 12 months and start writing out the big things happening (school closures, conferences, big birthdays, vacations, etc. )  Then add in your bucket list ideas. Give them a date. Look at your projects for your home, etc. and give them a start date. Consider what preps you will need to make in advanced and add those to the calendar too (eg. do you need to book reservations, buy supplies, save up money, etc.).  Add ALLL those into the calendar. 

If it is looking too overwhelming. Consider what things will bring the most value to you this year. This might also mean some things get crossed off your list for this year. 

And remember, Beyonce wasn’t built in a day and it is never too late to start.

Take your time to be thoughtful in planning. Give yourself some grace as you challenge yourself in new ways.  You will always have to be mindful of the season you are in, especially in motherhood. But you can always do at least one thing each day that will contribute to your overall goals and vision for your life.

Here is a quote that really helped me get started with Life on Purpose.

quotes to motivate you in goals and habits


If you have used the Year on Purpose guide, I’d love to hear what you thought of it.  And if you haven’t, it is never too late! You can start any time of year! Simply sign up below to get the free download sent to you.  Then hop on over to the Live Life on Purpose page for more!


What does your year on purpose look like?

This free workbook is an easy way to help you identify the year you want, set some goals and habits to help guide you there. Live your life on purpose.

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