How To Create Your Personal Annual Report & Set Your Yearly Goals Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of How To Create Your Personal Annual Report & Set Your Yearly Goals.
If you haven’t read Part 1 go check it out…don’t worry, I’ll wait here 🙂

By now I’m hoping you have completed or at least started your Annual Review. So here comes to fun part…setting next year’s goals and expectations.

Part of the reason I want you to have done part 1 first is because that’s going to be your formula for creating part 2.

First look at last year’s quantitative accomplishments.

If you have 500 Instagram followers how many do you think you could realistically gain in the next year?

Look at the numbers, can they be better? Set a realistic goal based on your accomplishments from the previous year.  If you gained on average 25 followers a month can you step that up to 30?
For example: Last year I published 200 articles and this year I hope to publish 262.

Look at your list of last year’s nonquantitative accomplishments.

Are they tasks you would like to repeat? Are they part 1 of of a 2 part accomplishment.

For example did you get accepted into an exclusive community in your niche? Would you like to hold a leadership role in the community? Would you like to produce content for them?

Last year I had the privilege of working with multiple brands and being published on different websites. Both of these did wonders for my traffic, naturally I want to do more in the new year.


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Come up with a short statement that reflects your ultimate goal.

In part one I asked you to answer 3 questions:
What do you want to do?
What do you need to do to get there?
How will you know you are there?
The idea isn’t that you will accomplish your ultimate goal in the next year (depending on the goal it may take longer) it’s to think about what steps you need to take in the following year to get there.

My goal statement is:

I want to grow my brand and business to not only work for myself full-time but to help and guide other millennial women towards success and balance.

Yours may look more like, “I want to do independent graphic design full-time and help spread beauty in the world. I want to help online entrepreneurs turn their concept into a tangible design.”

Once you have that statement think of things you can do in the next year to step towards that goal.

For me, that includes launching my first e-courses and webinars.
What would help you move towards these goals?
Do you need to gain more clients? How would you go about doing this? What tasks would you need to complete to make this happen? Do you need to go to go to more networking activities? Should you create a mastermind group?
Then put it all together and you have not only a plan outline but something to hold yourself accountable for next year.


It’s as simple as that!

Here is my 2016 Goals Report 

2016 Goals

Now I want to hear from you:
What are some of your goals for the new year?
Do you make an annual plan?
How do you plan to accomplish your goals?

Don’t forget to check out this awesome tutorial on Canva, the tool I used to create my annual report and 2016 goals.


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  1. Roxy

    Hey Dia!

    Loved part 1 and part 2 is even better. These are great tips that I’m hoping to implore some time this week (or weekend). You know what they say…failure to plan is planning to fail.


  2. Leslie

    This is a really great post! I am a new blogger and I find myself writing goals on post it notes. I need to do better and this really helps.

  3. Angela Tolsma

    I have not thought of having a goal statement… I will have to think of one!

  4. Becki S

    Love your infograph! What did you use to create it? Thanks for sharing these tips.

  5. michelle

    i haven’t fully figured out my goals for my blog for 2016 because I am still trying to piece together the information of how my blog has grown since it launched in february of 2015. this will help me get something together. thanks

  6. Tami Villa - Hunterly Travels

    Love this post! It amazes me that some bloggers are so focused on goals without reviewing analytics from the previous year. I love that you’ve incorporated both, because they’re so completely connected. I’m also going to try writing a goal statement for my blog too. I don’t currently have one. Thank you for the inspiration!


  7. Allison Jones

    More great tips, Dia. I definitely need to create my goal statement and I appreciate you for giving step by step instructions as to how to do so.


  8. Cori

    Good idea! I hadn’t really thought about quantitative stuff, like number of posts to publish.

  9. Theresa

    Great idea to make a goal statement for this next year. Good luck!

  10. Christine

    I love the idea of creating a goal statement. Having a plan for the new year is key to success. It is great how you are so focused. I really enjoyed reading your post.

  11. Cassie

    This post was really helpful for me. I certainly feel like there’s a lot more I need to be doing with my blogging and personal life, so thank you for sharing! 🙂

  12. Alicia Snow

    I really need to set some goals for my blog! I keep meaning to, but always put it off. The New Year is a perfect reason to make myself! Haha.

  13. Becky

    This is wonderful! The infograph is inspiring. I’m currently in the process of writing my 2016 goals so I’ll be using these tips!

  14. Ashley

    I admire the approach you went with your goals.. This is very inspiring and is motivating me to get a start on mine!

  15. John

    This is awesome! My wife and I are very new but excited to tackle the blog world and this is just what we needed to get us moving in the right direction for 2016. Thank you.

  16. Jessica

    Great post! I’m in the process of writing my goals for this year, for both my blog and career, and this really helps!

  17. Ashleigh

    These are all great tips for setting goals for the upcoming year! I look forward to seeing how my blog will grow in the future!

  18. Emily

    I need to come back and look at this again next week! I am lacking so much motivation this week after traveling and holiday craziness. Can’t wait to get back in my grove! This may be the perfect project to do just that 🙂

  19. Chantal

    Stopping by to say hi, and LOVING YOUR BLOG! Thanks for stopping by Blogdacious. I’ll be sharing some of these ideas!

  20. Dia

    Thanks Chantal! 🙂

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