How to set and achieve goals – New year, new goals 2019


Welcome to XD Land.

Thanks for clicking on my very first blog post.

My name is Niki, and I’m an experience designer.

This blog post will be about how to set goals for the new year, and after that I’ll talk about some of my goals.

But first, let me share that I recently listened to a video done by Jim Rohn where he says it’s very important to set up and verbalize or write down both our long-term and short-term goals to achieve good things in life. He calls them long-range and short-range goals.

Long range goals are dreams. They are my dreams, they are your dreams. Those are the dreams that very unlikely happen within a year, and they are unique to you, your aspirations, what you want to get out of life.

In the other hand, the short range goals are the goals for today, tomorrow, this week, this month, this quarter, this half year, and this year. They are confidence builder. You can just have a short term goal in mind e.g. going for a run, and you just need to go for it, don’t think, just work hard, do it, and accomplish it. Essentially, they contribute to your long range goals.

So, I thought…there is no better time than right now. Why don’t I just do something that contribute to my long range goal, and do that short range thing today, hence my first video on YouTube.

Goals & Categories

I love that this is a new year. I love that this is Monday because it makes me feel it’s a fresh start towards something that I’ve been dreaming about but putting it off for a long time because….I don’t know…self-doubt? No time? Fear of failure? Procrastination? Whatever the reason was…so I discussed it with myself, me and I agreed, today is the day. I’m just gonna do it, and I will chip away at one of my long range goals. And see how it goes? Because…What’s the worst thing that can happen?

So, following the advice in Jim’s video, I’m going to write down my long and short range goals, and I put them into 3 different categories:

Category #1 is Economics: it’s my income, profit, money, salary etc. wherever I get your money from.

Category #2. Is Things: things I want regardless if it’s small or big. e.g . a calligraphy pen, a veggie garden, a trip overseas.

And category #3. Is Personal development: these are the things that bring good things to my life as I become more skillful, as I improve my skills that are lacking e.g. playing piano, learning a new tool that makes me more efficient at my work.

And once I’m done with goal settings, I sort the goals into months and quarters so that I can keep track of them, keep track of my progress, and see if any changes needed to my plans – it’s called monthly revision. Then, I come up with a plan what I need to do to achieve these goals.

And I will keep a daily to-do list, with only 3 major items just not to overwhelm myself.

Jim mentions that only 5% of the people do these thing. Only 5% of the people set up goals and follow them through. Lot of people don’t have goals, because…goals are hard. So hey, I don’t know about you, but I wanna be in that 5%. I know.

So, here’s the recipe

  1. Study yourself
  2. write down your long range and short range goals
  3. make a plan
  4. show up every day
  5. And do the work. And good things will come to you. I’ll report back on this.

So that’s it. That’s all I wanted to say about setting up goals, and making a plan to achieve them. So, just do it! 🙂 I’m gonna do it. I’m doing it.

Getting personal – my goals

My short range goals

And now, I’d like to share a couple of my long range and short range goals.

As I mentioned earlier, I’m a designer. Last year so many things happened to me workwise that made me realize I want to shake up my career a little bit just to make sure that I’m going to a direction where I want to go – if that makes sense. I think I have clarity on that, and I already did the first step towards accomplishing that goal.

I also would like to socialize with my designer peers more often so I thought going to more meetups would be a good start. And that’s what I’m going to do starting in a couple of weeks.

And a personal development kinda goal for me this year is working on my video editing skills, video making skills…which means, learning it. I can do all sorts of animations, but when it comes to video editing…I definitely have room to improve. I already signed up for a course on I’m gonna learn Premiere Pro. Hope the course is good, I haven’t started yet.

Three of my long range goals

Remember, they have to be big. Ok. So, the first one is  I want to be a published writer. I have written 7 novels so far. And I have one in the making – that I’ve been putting it off. I know this goal won’t be accomplished anytime soon, it’s not going to happen this year or next year, but I want to write a book. And I want that book to be published.

And the second long range goal is, I want to be a teacher, an educator. I’ve been mentoring user experience design students, and I really enjoy doing that. From this year, I’m looking for more opportunities where I can expose myself to get that teaching, mentoring, tutoring experience whether it’s a design night class, managing or mentoring junior designers, something like that.

And my third and last long term goal is, accent reduction. As you can tell, I’m not a native speaker. I started learning English in my late 20s. So, is accent might stick with me forever, but I’m going to work on reducing it.

So, that’s all from me today.

If you read the post this far, thank you so much.

I hope you got something out of it.

I’d love to connect with you guys, so please, leave me a comment or send me a message on social media.

If you prefer watching me talking about the topic, click the play button 🙂


  1. Jim Rohn’s wiki: I’d highly recommend to check out his personal development videos, he had a fantastic content delivery style.
  2. Jim’s website:

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