Every new year presents a clean slate: a time when you can focus on the achievements you want to make and the hobbies you’d like to form in the next twelve months. What better way to organize your 2016 resolutions than by writing them on a beautiful illustrated goal list template?
I’ll be perfectly honest with you: most years, I write resolutions on a simple piece of notebook paper, and I haphazardly tack the paper to a bulletin board. This year, though, I wanted to make an artistic goal list template — for me and for you — that is frame-worthy and could be proudly displayed anywhere!
This template is my gift to you in 2016; it’s my way of saying you’re wonderful and thank you for reading the TPK blog! You can get the goal list template by clicking here; it comes to you as a print-ready black and white PDF. After you download it, I would recommend printing it out on 70 lb. drawing paper (or a similar paper) that has been cut to fit your printer. That said, you can print it out on whatever paper you want; I just recommend heavier, high-quality papers because I like to watercolor and calligraph on my goal lists.
Once the goal list is printed out, you’ll want to cut it out along the solid guidelines. The size of the cut-out is 8″ x 10″ (203 mm x 254 mm), which is perfect for framing!
I want to emphasize that after you have printed out the goal list template, you can do whatever you want with it! You do not have to write your goals in calligraphy, and you are welcome to come up with as few or as many goals as you want! The number and quality of goals should be challenging, but not unattainable.
I chose to write my goals in calligraphy, so I used a rolling ruler to draw evenly-spaced pencil guidelines.
Once the guidelines were drawn, I wrote out my goals in Kaitlin Style calligraphy. Again, though, you could write out your goals using your own handwriting or a different calligraphy style. As long as the words will motivate you throughout the year, the way they’re written doesn’t really matter! If you’re having trouble getting started with your goals, try thinking about areas in your life you’d like to improve, and ways you could improve them. Here are some areas I generally focus on:
- Physical Health
- Emotional Health
- Relationships with Friends/Family
- Accomplishments I’d Like to Achieve
Your goals don’t have to be monumental. There may be little things that you’d like to accomplish as the year passes, or actions you’d like to make into habits. No matter how silly it might seem, write it down! You’ll be glad you did. When you finish making your goals, write in the year at the bottom of the page! Once 2016 has passed, you can tuck the goal list away for safekeeping. It’s always neat to re-discover things like this in the future and be reminded of what your priorities were at this time in your life!
As a totally optional step, you can add some color to the border. I used my beloved Greenleaf & Blueberry Altoids set to paint in the botanicals, and I loved how the earthy tones complemented the graphics! You are not, however, relegated to watercolors: colored pencils or sharpened crayons would work just as well.
The end result will be a goal list that is frame-worthy and ready to propel you through a year of success!
As a final tip, writing out a goal list doesn’t have to be a solo project! I actually really enjoy sitting down with a close friend or family member and discussing how goals can be achieved as we are writing them. Often, a person who knows you well will be able to offer valuable input and encouragement! Whether you make your list by yourself or with a friend or two, I hope that this post helps you to start of this year on the right foot! I, personally, am excited for another year of getting to blog, create, and, you know, drink 64 ounces of water daily. 😉
Thanks for reading TPK, and have a fantastic weekend!