My goals for 2016 (& a review of my 2015 goals)

31st December 2015

My goals for 2016 (& a review of my 2015 goals)

My goals for 2016 and a recap of my 2015 goals.

Last January I decided to set myself measurable goals for the year rather than resolutions, which are typically harder to measure and keep track of. I set myself 5 pretty realistic goals to be achieved within a year and I’m proud to say I met 4 out of 5 of those goals.

Today I am going to review the goals I set myself at the beginning of 2015, and set myself three new goals for the year ahead.

A review of my 2015 goals

1. Graduate – YES!

Not only did I finish university, but I managed to achieve a 1st classification in my degree. University was tough, especially my third year, but I survived and my hard work really paid off.

My graduation day was pretty special too. You can read all about it here.

2. Get a job – YES!

This was definitely the toughest of all my goals to achieve. After applying for 93 jobs I was finally offered a job as a junior web developer and started in September. I absolutely love this job and I will be forever grateful for being given this opportunity.

3. Go abroad – YES!

This was an easy one. This year I went to the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Monaco and Corsica. You can find all the posts I wrote about these trips here.

4. Start learning to drive (again) – No!

I’m kicking myself about this one. I had planned on booking my first driving lesson after I got my first pay cheque, but I didn’t, and soon after it started getting darker earlier in the evening. I really didn’t want to start learning to drive again in the dark, so I have decided to postpone learning until 2016.

2016 will be the year I pass my driving test. I’m determined!

5. Make a responsive WordPress theme – YES!

You are looking at it right now!

When I set these goals at the beginning of the year I had no idea I would end up becoming a web developer and that having prior experience of coding responsive layouts would be so important to me. Now I work on responsive websites on a daily basis!

My goals for 2016

Setting goals for 2016 is so much harder than setting goals for 2015. As you can tell, 2015 was a pretty eventful year and I had a lot to look forward to. I honestly don’t know what will happen in 2016, and in a way I’m really looking forward to the unknown.

So, this year I have only set myself three goals. I say ‘only’ but really they’re all quite big and require a lot of effort. They are as follows…

1. Pass my driving test

Last year my goal was to start learning to drive again. This year my goal is to not only start learning to drive again but to also pass my driving test. I have the time and the money so I really have no excuse now.

2. Save £5,000

I know not everyone likes talking money, but I’m just going to put it out there anyway. As I’ve mentioned before, I want to buy a house and so I need to save enough for a deposit. £5,000 is not enough, no way, but it’s a start and I think this is a reasonable goal to set for myself for the year. If we can both save £5,000 each then we are half way there to our deposit goal.

Tyrone and I are both setting up Help to Buy ISAs in January (I’ll probably talk more about this in the future), so I aim to save £3,400 into there (the maximum I can save in there in the given time) and the rest into my other savings account.

3. Complete a 365 Instagram challenge

This year I followed along with MissPond on Instagram as she took part in the 365 challenge in which you post a photo every single day for a year. I love the idea, and as I’ve been wanting to document my everyday life more I thought it would be the perfect challenge for me.

Do you have any goals for 2016?

How did you do with your goals for 2015?

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  1. Congrats for completing your goals and good luck with the ones for 2016. I hope you are going to get your own place soon xx I like the 365 challenge, I might do it too 🙂

    • Holly

      Thank you! I had some good news this week which will definitely make buying a house easier when the time comes.

      I’m really enjoying the 365 challenge so far. 🙂

  2. Amy

    You did really well with your goals from last year! I think the only goal I made last year was to be happier, which isn’t really a measurable goal. And I’m not sure whether I’ll make many goals this year, as I already set quite a few on my birthday.

    I was thinking of getting a help to buy ISA, as I’m hoping I’ll have enough money for a deposit in the next year or so. It must have been so much easier to save for a deposit 20 years ago, my parents’ house cost £30,000. So much more expensive now! I’m hoping to have a house at least by the start of 2016, drying my washing in the tiniest room ever is becoming annoying.

    Good luck with driving! I found it really difficult, especially when my driving instructor criticised me over every little thing. I’ve passed my driving test now, but haven’t drove since I bumped my car. It was only a small bump, but it was enough to shatter my driving confidence, so I haven’t driven in over a year. So my resolution is to get back in a car.

    I wish I could take good photos. I think I need a lot more practice. Good luck with the challenge and have a great New Year!

    • Holly

      Thank you! As well as getting a deposit together I also have to wait for my other half to finish university and get a job. It will be really difficult for me to get a mortgage on my income alone. 🙁 But yes, older people don’t have any idea how difficult it is to buy a house these days.

      That’s what I’m worried about with learning to drive. I hope I can find a nice instructor!

  3. Congratulations on achieving so many of your goals, and good luck with the goals you’ve set yourself for this year. You got to travel so much in 2015, I loved reading all of your posts about your adventures abroad. I’m really happy for you with your job too, it sounds so interesting. The 365 challenge sounds like a great way to make memories over the year, I can’t wait to see the result! I’m trying to save in 2016 too. I need a few more years of tax returns before I can get a mortgage so if I start saving now I’ll hopefully get to a decent place in time to buy a house.

    Good luck with the driving lessons – will you learn to drive around the city centre?

    • Holly

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed my travel posts. 🙂 I’ve promised myself that if I complete the 365 challenge I can get all 365 of the images printed off so I can make a scrapbook.

      Yes! And I’m terrified, haha! Learning to drive in the countryside with no traffic was amazing.

  4. Cat

    Congrats on achieving most of your goals! 4 out of 5 is great 🙂 Congrats again on graduating and finding a job in 2015!

    I’ve been tempted to do a 365 on Instagram too. I’ve done one in the past with my camera, but it became a chore. Doing one with my phone on Instagram would probably be more fun! I think that’s a great goal to save money, and I hope learning to drive goes well. Good luck with your new goals! Happy new year!

    • Holly

      Thank you! I think the Instagram challenge should be a little easier than a normal photo challenge as my phone is always at my side and the images don’t need to be edited or anything. I’m enjoying it so far.

  5. Good luck with your goals Holly!

    I’m planning to start saving for my future place – I heard the deposit is high! I didn’t think it was bigger than 5,000 though wow!

    Have a lovely year ahead 🙂

    • Holly

      Thank you!

      We are aiming for a deposit of £20,000, which apparently is normal these days, especially taking into considering my income, which doesn’t even meet the graduate average for the UK. Nowhere near! It’s harder than ever to buy a house. 🙁

  6. Woot for meeting most of your goals! 4 out of 5 is great! I wish you luck with your 2016 goals, especially with saving money! I think that should be one of my own goals, too!

    Happy New Year to you!

  7. Well done for reaching most (I’m gonna say all coz 4/5 is pretty much all as driving is one of those difficult ones) of your goals. I had one goal- to submit my PhD, which I did (plus a side not so goal of 5+ races, of which I did 10 last year!) so you know not too shabby either… I’m glad you enjoyed my instagram challenge, I hope yours goes as well, I’m looking forward to seeing what you post. I have to admit I have withdrawal from it, so after my PhD viva this week I’m starting a 100 days of happy thing! Hahaha!

  8. I like to make my goals measurable, too. Then I having something specific to work towards and am more likely to achieve them. I love how much you were able to travel this year! I remember your Monaco trip specifically – I always like reading about your travels. Do you have many trips planned for this year?

    I only set one goal for myself in 2015 and that was to read 52 books, which I accomplished! I am setting the same goal for this year, and also to blog more consistently and be more bold. The last one isn’t quite as measurable as I’d like, buuuttt I still wanted to make it a goal because it’s something I really need to work on.

    What a great year for you! I’m wishing the best of luck with your goals for this year and I hope you have a great 2016!

    • Holly

      I’m so glad you enjoy reading about my travel adventures because they are my favourite posts to write. I will definitely be going abroad this year but I’m not sure where yet. I’m really considering America again!

      Wow! I think I read two books last year…if that! I would love to read more.

  9. Good job on completing your goals last year. I didn’t have any resolutions last year except to lose weight and I did that! I’m still doing that! ^^