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How To Set Good Goals for 2017

We don’t do traditional pressure-filled, do-it-all goal setting around here. We uncover intentional, less-is-more goals. This is grace-filled goal setting. We set “good goals.”

Good goals are about stewarding what you’ve been given well: your relationships, your money, your possessions, your work, your children, your home, your health, and your time. A little intentional forethought goes a long way!

We are humbled to say we are sold out of both our One-Year and Six-Month PowerSheets, but that doesn't mean you can't set intentional goals for the year! Lara Casey shared her Sixth Annual Goal-Setting Series on her blog last week, and it's the perfect place to get started on cultivating your most intentional year yet! Grab a journal (we recommend the Make It Happen Journal from the shop!), and join Lara as she walks you through her Personal PowerSheets Prep Work for 2017!

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We are completely sold out of our 2017 PowerSheets, and we are looking into getting a small batch of Six-Month #PowerSheets for the second half of the year, but that doesn't mean you have to wait! Use Lara's Goal-Setting Series to dig in right now. There is nothing magical about January 1st (or June 1st for that matter!)

Do you need the PowerSheets and Make It Happen book to have an intentional year? No. You don’t need any thing to live this life well. They are great tools if you choose to use them, but if you only do this blog series, and use scrap paper to write your answers, that’s great too. Use what you have! If you are someone who has been stuck in indecision lately, or feeling fear about diving into new things, join us in making a mess and dig in!

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Part One: Let's Get Started!

Part Two: Cultivate What Matters

Part Three: Say Yes, Say No, Choose a Word

Part Four: Uncover Intentional Goals

Part Five: Make It Happen!

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Have you set your goals for the year? If so, leave them as a comment so we can cheer you on!

Still need more direction after Lara's Goal-Setting Series?

1. Grab a copy of Lara's bookMake it Happen.

2. Explore the rest of the Cultivate What Matters community site for resources and encouragement!

3. Join Lara and the rest of the Cultivate team in person for the Making Things Happen Conference in March.

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2017 PowerSheets Prep Week is here!

All too often, we try to squeeze in goal planning between Christmas and New Year's. This year, the Cultivate team has declared this week, #PowerSheetsPrepWeek! We hope you'll join us this week for intentional time preparing for 2017!

We've created this action item list for all the ways you can participate with us this week.

Be sure and follow @CultivateWhat Matters on Instagram, as we'll be sharing our best practical tips with you each day. On Tuesday, the team will be doing our own individual PowerSheets and sharing our prep work with you on Instagram Stories!

PowerSheets Prep 2017 Lara Casey Webinar

On Wednesday, Lara will be doing a live 2017 PowerSheets webinar. Sign up for free here. If you can’t make it live, do not miss getting the recording to watch later. This will be a quick broadcast packed with all our best PowerSheets prep tips from the last four years! Register here.

Lara Casey PowerSheets Hooray Bundle

Also new this week to the Cultivate What Matters Shop: The Hooray Bundle! It includes some of our favorite accessories to your PowerSheets to start 2017 on a high note, including the Make Life Happen mini print, Sticker Book, and our newly restocked pen set.

We hope you'll join us this week! Be sure and tag your social media shares with #PowerSheetsPrepWeek to be entered to win some fun prizes! We'll be giving away a $25 Cultivate What Matters Shop gift card each day, chosen randomly from those who participate and share via the hashtag #PowerSheetsPrepWeek.

Alright 2017, we're coming for you!

P.S. The last day to order PowerSheets for you or a loved one for Christmas delivery is this Thursday, December 15th. Order yours today!

 

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Tips for Tending

Our Tending List was designed to help you simplify your life and break down big goals into actionable items! We've compiled our best tips for tending below, after years of working with the Tending List. We hope they're helpful for you!

  1. Use this Tending List to fit your life. It works for business, personal, or a mix of goals!
  2. Flip through your yearly goals before filling out your Tending List each month. Chip away at a few of them by adding some of your Action Plan ideas to your Tending List each month.
  3. Add items from your calendar and important to-dos to your Tending List. Examples: Host a neighborhood dinner party or finish a project well.
  4. Tending is about progress, not perfection. New this year is a progress bar for monthly goals! Fill in the progress bar little by little. Imperfect progress adds up!
  5. You don't need to fill in every line. Some months, I only have two daily goals, and some months, I fill in every slot!
  6. Daily goals should be simple habits you want to cultivate during the month. Examples: encourage someone, stretch before bed, pray.
  7. Make your Tending List items specific and connected to what matters. Example: Instead of “work out,” try “get outside and get moving three times per week for thirty minutes because it will help give me more energy!”
  8. I rarely finish a month with all the boxes checked off—sometimes, goals change or things don’t get done. The goal isn’t a perfectly checked-off list; the goal is meaningful, little by little progress. The little by little adds up.
  9. Put your Tending List somewhere you will see it all day. Either keep this page open on your desk or take your Tending List out and tape it somewhere. When I get distracted or feel idle, I look at my Tending List, and am reminded where to put my focus.

Want more tips for PowerSheets? Watch our PowerSheets Prep Webinar here!

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Lara’s Action Plan Worksheets

Ready for more examples of action plan worksheets? Whether you're filling out your PowerSheets for business goals, personal goals, or a mix of both, we hope these examples help guide you in the process.

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How to Have a Social-Media Free Weekend

One of the questions we ask in PowerSheets Prep Work and the Seasonal Goal Refresh Pages is "What Are You Saying No To?" When you start to think through the big picture, it's helpful to make a list of what's NOT in that big picture. We often see social media or mindless scrolling as your answers, and it's one reason our team has become huge advocates for Social Media-Free Weekends.

What is a Social Media-Free Weekend? Social Media-Free Weekend is a weekend where you completely remove yourself from social media. Does that stress you out already? Don't worry! We're giving you practical tips on how to build up to going social media-free for a whole weekend!

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Take the first step. If an entire weekend without social media seems overwhelming, take the first step. Turn off the phone notifications and emails for all your social media apps. Choose one time to check in each day, and being to limit your consumption before diving into a full weekend.

Go social media-free for one day. Once you've started to wean yourself on consistently scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter, go social media-free for one day. Choose a weekend day, turn your phone off, and see what happens.

Buy an alarm clock. Our phones have become one of the first things we touch in the morning because we often use them for alarms, making it easy to roll over and start mindlessly scrolling through social media or emails. Remove the temptation by buying an alarm clock! You can find some of our favorites here, here, and here!

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Move the apps to a folder, or delete the apps completely. Move your social media apps to a folder on your phone called "Social Media-Free Weekend." If that's still tempting, delete all your apps from your phone for the weekend to keep you accessing them.

Fill your downtime. It will be a lot easier to go social media-free if you fill your day with plans! Take a walk, browse the farmer's market, schedule a brunch date with an old friend, or head to the library to check out a book. The possibilities are endless, and you'll be less tempted to spend time on social media when you have other activities to look forward to!

Tell people what you are doing, and ask for accountability. Challenge friends and family to join you. It will be a lot easier to have a social-media free weekend if your significant other, friends, roommates or family are joining you. A level of accountability will help you stay on track!

Social media isn't a bad thing when it is used purposefully, and eliminating yourselves from social media entirely isn't always an option. Use social media and your times of connectivity on purpose. Write out a mission statement for how and why you will use them well. Post that mission statement to your computer or desk where you will see it often. If you find yourself mindlessly using social media again, check your motive and get back to cultivating what matters in your life!

Have you gone social media-free for a day or weekend? If so, tell us what you learned! If not, what is holding you back? Try adding it to your PowerSheets Monthly Tending List, and let us know how it goes!

Goals can be overwhelming if they aren't connected to what matters. PowerSheets are intentional goal workbooks that help you live with intention and purpose. They were designed to help you cultivate what matters most, little by little, with some big leaps along the way. Order your 2017 PowerSheets to discover your big picture, and begin to take action on making it happen in your own life. Today is the very best day to begin!

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