Sample Goals

Career

  • Get promoted to regional manager by June 30
  • Read 2 books on changing careers by December 31
  • Submit my resume to 20 potential employers by the 1st of next month
  • Complete an interview skills workshop and do practice interviews with 3 of my instructors before the semester ends
  • Complete book proposal and submit it to 25 publishers by February 1
  • Hire a virtual personal assistant by July 31
  • Identify a career mentor at my current company by the end of next month
  • Submit my first peer reviewed paper to the Journal of Accountancy by April 30
  • Get a recording contract by June 30
  • Start my own business by March 1
  • Redo my company’s web site design and start a blog by May 1
  • Launch my company email newsletter by June 1

Financial

  • Get a $2000 raise at my next review
  • Increase my income 10% through part-time consulting in the evenings by May 1
  • Add $5,000 to my house down payment savings by December 31
  • Eliminate my credit card debt completely by January 1
  • Save $40 per week by packing a brown bag lunch from now through August 31
  • Research stocks and invest $2,500 into the market by May 31
  • Close 5 new accounts by June 1, each with an average value of $25,000
  • By March 1, set up a sales pipeline that generates 7 prospect meetings and 1 new client per week
  • By September 30, generate 5% of my company’s income through a new product we develop
  • Secure a $200,000 line of credit by February 1
  • Find a $100k job by my birthday this year

Education

  • Earn my B.A. degree by May 20xx
  • Apply to 6 Ivy League schools by November 1
  • Earn my teaching certificate by January 15
  • Pay down my college loan 2 years ahead of schedule
  • Complete the research for my Ph.D. dissertation by June 1
  • Finish coursework for my CNE certification by March 31
  • Pass the New York bar exam by July 31
  • Become a licensed yoga instructor by February 1
  • Take a fast meals cooking class by April 30
  • Learn speed reading and be able to read one 200-page book per week by May 1

Health/Fitness

  • Lose 10 pounds by November 1
  • Run 1 mile in under 7 minutes by my birthday this year
  • Reduce my cholesterol below 200 without medication by March 31
  • Fit into my favorite black dress again by February 1
  • Take 2 inches off of my waistline by March 31
  • Stop eating red meat for the next 3 months
  • Try 1 new health food each week through December 1
  • By June 15, be in the habit of drinking 4 large glasses of water at work every day
  • Do not eat at any fast food restaurants through June 1
  • Eat at least 3 home cooked dinners every week through March 1 instead of ordering take out

Relationship

  • Celebrate our 10th anniversary in Paris
  • Schedule at least 1 date night with my significant other every weekend
  • Hug my spouse every morning for 1 minute
  • Write a love letter and place it in his suitcase for his next business trip
  • Send her flowers at work for no reason 4 times by December 31
  • Have a date for the Valentine’s Day dance
  • Identify 3 things about my partner that I really love and tell her on Friday night
  • Identify 3 things I am willing to change about myself that would make my partner very happy
  • By December 1, write down what I see my life being like with her 10 years from now and ask her to do the same, then compare our visions
  • Get out of this horrible relationship by March 1
  • Make myself available and open to meeting others

Family

  • Spend 2 hours of quality time with my kids every evening
  • Read a bedtime story to my children every night
  • Go on a bike ride with my family every Saturday morning for the entire summer
  • Enroll my daughter in tennis this spring
  • Attend my cousin’s wedding next April
  • Take my family to see 3 professional basketball games this season
  • Play golf with my dad 5 times before the weather gets too cold
  • Buy my mother the complete works of Jane Austen for her birthday
  • Find a nanny by August 15
  • Find a nursing home for my aging parents by June 30
  • Create an estate plan and will for my family by January 31
  • Plan a family reunion for this holiday season

Travel

  • Attend the next winter Olympics
  • Backpack through Europe next summer
  • Visit Disney World before my youngest son turns 5
  • By June 1, buy a vacation home within a 2 hour drive my house
  • Go on a weekend getaway with my spouse 6 times in the next 4 months
  • Plan a vacation to drive across the country next July
  • See the Taj Mahal by February 14, 20xx
  • Enjoy the Maid of the Mist boat ride in Niagara Falls by August 31
  • Take a cruise to Alaska by August 1, 20xx
  • Bungy jump in Cairns, Australia by April 30, 20xx
  • Attend the next U.S. Open tournament
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

Dreams

  • Catch a foul ball at a professional baseball game by 20xx
  • Attend the Oscars by 20xx
  • Drive a Ferrari on a race track at 185 mph by 20xx
  • Get my pilot’s license before I turn 25
  • Finish writing my first novel by April 30
  • Have dinner with the President at the White House by 20xx
  • Appear as an extra in a Hollywood movie by September 1