We’re turning the page, finishing the chapter, closing the book on the year 2020. Most people would agree that it’s good riddance to bad rubbish. As we look ahead to 2021, do you have goals in mind?

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I’ll admit I’m not a goal-setter. I’m more of a go-with-the-flow type of person. Setting goals is equal to setting myself up for failure because I just don’t go about it the right way. The number one rule of thumb is that goals must be SMART.


  • Specific, clear, and well defined
  • Measurable
  • Attainable and realistic
  • Relevant to your lifelong goals
  • Timebound/have deadlines

Generally, when people brainstorm for goal-setting ideas, they look at six broad categories: career, relationships, financial, health, spiritual, and educational.

According to Coaching Online here are some ideas and examples of goals you can set for 2021.

33 Goals for 2021

  1. Grow personally through joining a coaching program
  2. Make $400 monthly payments to my credit card debt until it’s fully paid
  3. Allocate at least $6000 annually to pay off student debt
  4. Ask for a raise at work by June 30
  5. Learn a new skill by May 30
  6. Build up an emergency fund with at least four months of expenses
  7. Increase investment savings to at least 20% of monthly income
  8. Read at least one book every month
  9. Volunteer at least once a month
  10. Build a fitness routine
  11. Loose at least 16lbs. by March
  12. Sign up for a marathon (5K, 10K or half marathon)
  13.  Include vegetables in all dinner meals
  14.  Limit junk food intake to twice a week
  15.  Cook at least five meals a week
  16. Wake up at 6 am for at least five days a week
  17. Meditate for at least 10 minutes every day
  18. Write in a gratitude journal at the end of Sunday
  19. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every day
  20. Take a one-hour walk every day
  21. Disconnect from tech for one hour every day
  22. Start a side hustle that brings in $1000 per Month by September 30. 2021
  23. Reach out to two distant family members at least once a month
  24. Call parents every Sunday evening
  25. Spend at least 1.5 hours a day with kids
  26. Have one date night with the spouse once a week
  27. Remodel my home by July 31
  28. Declutter one room per month until done
  29. Buy a new home by the end of the year
  30. Practice more active listening in meetings and when with friends
  31. Travel somewhere new during winter break
  32. Participate and complete a 30-day challenge
  33. Have at least one “me day” a month.

Good luck, and best wishes for a fabulous 2021!!

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