Newlywed’s 2011 Goal Planning

24 Jan

I took a week off from blogging so I could focus on my coursework. While I have been on my blogging

Screenshot of our 2011 goal spreadsheet

sabbatical a few notable things have occurred. The biggest being, Dr. B and I sat down and planned out 2011. We Built a spreadsheet which displays every month of the year across the top, and down the side we have major areas in our life: health/fitness, financial, travel/leisure, career/education, relationship. For each month we set goals that we wanted to achieve as they pertain to each area. For instance a health/fitness goal for me is to go to our family doctor and have a physical exam and blood work. Not that I have been sick lately, but, it’s important for women to have regular physical exams besides the yearly obgyn visit.

It took us about two hours to complete the spreadsheet and talk through some of our goals. We planned out every trip were going to take, such as the one next month for my birthday, were going skiing in Utah :-) The biggest thing for me wasn’t the end result, but the process of talking through what we wanted to accomplish as a couple and as individuals, being open, willing, and unafraid to voice our concerns, feeling, and opinions of the ideas that the other shared.

Have you and your SO done anything like setting goals and planning out the year together,  what did you use to record those goals?  Do you have any tips or tricks to share?

Here is a link to the spreadsheet we created.

 

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6 Responses to “Newlywed’s 2011 Goal Planning”

  1. Arlene January 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    Hey Natasha!

    I am a frequent reader to your site, but have never commented. We have always talked about goals, but have never recorded them. So, I am totally going to steal your idea if you don’t mind. Would you be willing to share what program you used to create? I can see the snapshot, but need a clearer visual to help me if you are willing. Thanks for the great idea!

    • Natasha Williams January 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

      Hi Arlene, I;m so glad you found my blog. Thanks for reading and commenting :-) Here is a link to the the spreadsheet. It’s an Excel file, and I have uploaded it to my online document storage account. You should be able to download the file after copying and pasting it into you browser address. If you have any questions about ti, please feel free to ask me.

      https://www.box.net/shared/39h325ldpk

  2. Cindy January 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    Skiing! Yes! I’m so excited for you guys! If you’ve never been, I highly recommend taking a lesson. I was so glad I did and it was worth every penny. After the class, I had so much confidence and was able to recognize when I did things wrong and assess how to correct them.

    I love your spreadsheet, too. Matt and I talk about things we would like to do but have never made anything so organized. I suppose I’m a little too “fly by the seat of my pants” when it comes to that.

    I do love eat out once per pay day. Matt and I are paring our outings down to our Friday night, date night, and the occasional Groupon. We figure now that I’m not working full time we’ll eat in a lot more but it’s still nice to get out.

    I’m so excited that you are going skiing! Several Colorado locals told us that Utah is amazing and so much cheaper. We’re going to try it out next year. Please write about where you go and what you thought of it.

    • Natasha Williams January 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Hi Cindy,

      I’m so exited to be going skiing. Dr. B lived in Utah for a year, so he knows how to sky…kind of LOL! He has tried to convince me numerous times to go, but this time I finally agreed. Especially after the great deal that we found on the room and flight. I am definitely going to take lessons. If not, I would be a disaster and a threat to everyone out on the slopes.

      We love to eat out, so that will definitely be one of our hardest goals to accomplish, but it would be well worth it when we do.

  3. Tiffany In Houston January 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I will use this for sure and probably just show it to the hubs. Going thru all of this would make his eyes glaze over. He’s very high level.

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