New Year, New Goals

Okay, so I am a little late to the party.  It has been kind of busy around here lately.  But more of that later.

I am a big believer in goal setting.  Where do I want to be in 12 months time, 5 years, even 10 years?  With so much emphasis on setting goals instead of New Year’s Resolutions, many people now see the strength in SMART goals.  At school we require all our students to set goals for each subject for the school year.  But with time constraints and other things going on, we often forget to have the students reflect on their goals.

January 2016 with the planners in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

This is one of the things I love about the Shining Year Planners by Leonie Dawson.  The first task is to reflect on the year just gone, before setting new goals for the year ahead.  You are then encouraged to review your goals regularly.  This is something we need to do with our students.  And I now have an idea of how to do this – provide the students with an A5 book for reflecting on their goals.  It will be interesting to see if it works.

For me, I will commit to sharing some of my monthly goals each month.  Sharing goals is considered to be important, as it makes us accountable.  Some goals will be too personal to share, but I will aim to share 3 goals in each category of personal, business and teaching each month.

So for January:


  1. Complete the LD Life Planner 2017.
  2. Declutter and organise the house ready for the year ahead.
  3. Stitch at least 15 minutes every day.


  1. Complete the LD Biz Planner 2017.
  2. Complete website landing page.
  3. Complete FAQ page.


  1. complete the Unit Plans for Year 7 Ecology and Year 8 Cells.
  2. Review CATs for the above units of work.
  3. Finish reading Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching by Jo Boaler.

At the end of January, I will review these goals and see how much I have achieved.


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