It’s hard to believe, but another year has come and gone, and its once again time to plan out our annual goal list!

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The 2017 Annual Goal List – you can click to enlarge

Without a doubt, our Annual Goal List has been the most pivotal factor in helping us create the farm, garden, and the life at the farm we had always dreamed of. One small step, one goal at a time. When we look back now at the very first list from 2011, it is incredible to see those initial farm building goals. Things like building our first compost bin, planting 4 apple trees, or creating the first chicken coop seemed insurmountable at the time. But with a little work every day, and a list of goals posted smack in the middle of the refrigerator to inspire us, we stayed motivated to make it happen.

I think the real story is that none of it probably would have ever happened without first putting down on paper what we really wanted to accomplish. Life really is a journey of small steps to make big ones . The thing is, you have to know what you want before you can do it, and the Annual Goal List spells it out for us every single day.

We create the list the same way each year. Sitting down in early December, Mary and I each come up our own independent list of 24 goals (2 for each month) that we feel we need at the farm. We then rank each of them 1 through 24 in order of importance. Only then do we put them down side by side and see what we came up with up.

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Adding plants to the landscape around the house is a big goal for 2017!

Then the fun begins as we work together to take the best 24 possible. When complete, it goes up on the refrigerator to be looked at every single day. Once we complete a goal – it gets crossed off. We try hard to accomplish two goals every month – but sometimes it’s one, other times it might be three. But no matter what, we keep working at it in someway, every single day. It is amazing how by the end of the year, you can look back and see the progress. Both on the list – and more importantly – at the farm!  And that leads to this years list:

The 2017 Goal List :

If 2016 was the year of building the Simple House, 2017 will be the year of settling in! The 2017 list is dominated with goals to complete a myriad of projects at the farm. 

In  fact, the top 6 goals all start with finishing things at the house. Acid staining the remainder of the floors, building and installing our porch and stair railings, and installing the wood floor in the loft to name just a few!

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One of the most exciting project this year will be the building of the pavilion, an outside eating and living space at the farm

I think one of the most exciting projects we are both looking forward to is the building of the Pavilion. It will become our “outdoor kitchen and living room” at the farm. A space we have dreamed about way back since 2011!

We are so fortunate to have met and worked with Weaver Barns on the house, and they will once again be the main help on this project as well! We simply can’t wait to see it up! You can see more on the pavilion here : Weaver Barns Pavilion

As always, we included a few personal growth goals on the list as well. We have really enjoyed the ability to get out and speak about gardening, the house, and the path to creating a simple life. It is our hope this year to double up on those talks. It gives us a chance to talk about what we love most, and we love meeting others that share our passions.

Well, it’s probably time to start working on that list – getting a head start never hurts!

Here’s to a great 2017, and accomplishing all of your hopes, dreams and goals!– Jim and Mary

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5 thoughts on “Creating An Annual Goal List – Setting The Goals To Accomplish Life

  • December 17, 2016 at 3:18 pm
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    Thats a big list of goals. We always seem to move a lot of goals to the next year because we run out of time or money. Love what you are doing and always looking forward to your e-mail.
    Felicia en Johan, Missouri.

  • December 11, 2016 at 8:44 pm
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    Keep up your life goals Mary and Jim. I love reading your stories. I set goals, with the best of intentions, then procrastinate until I talk myself out of doing something. Guess some people would call that lazy, but I’m not really. Just enjoy doing what y’all love but don’t wear yourselves out. We want to keep reading your posts.

  • December 11, 2016 at 3:41 pm
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    I love reading your annual Goal List. They sound like big projects to me and I’m wondering how you get it all done. Do you have help or is it just the two of you tackling these projects? Do you both still have full-time jobs off the farm?

    • December 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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      Mary Ann – So glad you enjoy the list. The list really helps us stay focused on what needs to get accomplished. We do both still have our full time jobs, and yes, together tackle the projects. I guess we just try to make sure we do a little everyday and keep at it. It helps that we both enjoy it and can do it together. We wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

      • December 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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        My hat is off to you both! We have a little farm but it’s an hour and 45 min. from our in-town home. We find it really difficult to divide our time and be efficient with our projects. I think sometimes we’re both just so tired by the time the weekend comes that those projects don’t get done in the time frame we want. We often find ourselves just trying to maintain things, esp. when we aren’t able to get there every single weekend. The distance makes everything just a bit harder.
        Thanks for sharing your world with us!

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