My goals for 2016 (& a review of my 2015 goals)
31st December 2015
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?