21 for 2021 List and Balance

The last few years I have been doing a one-word focus for the year. 2020 was Improvement. 2019 was Organize. 2018 was Create.

This year I’m going to try something different. Gretchen Rubin published an article about making a 21 for 2021 list and I thought I’d give it a try. Initially I had difficulty since all my goals were work-related. I don’t want to be working ALL THE TIME, even as we continue in our quarantine, I thought I needed some balance. 

So in 2021 the one-word focus for me will be Balance. I divided the 21 goals into home improvements, creature comforts, spirituality, family, career, financial security, and physical/health. I also ordered a habit tracker calendar from Amazon to help me stay on track when the days all run together.  So here are my goals:

Home Improvements

  • Paint the outside front of the house
  • Buy the lot next door
  • Maintain a clean living environment (not as easy as it sounds).

Creature Comforts

  • Buy new pajamas and fluffy slipper socks sets (for continued quarantine)
  • Read 12 books I love
  • Take the time for foot treatments for cracked heels


  • Express daily gratitude
  • Take time to enjoy the moments in nature
  • Garden


  • Help my son work towards adulthood by getting passport/bank accounts
  • Give love and attention to the animals daily
  • Maintain the good health of all family members


  • Finish writing 3 books
  • Complete 2 Udemy courses
  • Work towards creating a new blog for ESL teachers

Financial Security

  • One full-year online writing job
  • One part-year online job 
  • One full-year online teaching job


  • Use the stationary bike every day
  • Take a minimum of 3 dog walks every day
  • Maintain vitamin/medication regime

I’m hoping that in 2021, the old adage we used to say about March in Pennsylvania holds true “in like a lion and out like a lamb” when it comes to COVID. Even so, I tried to make goals that can be done while socially distancing. There’ll be time enough for travel and other activities after, I hope.

What do you have planned for 2021?


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2 responses to “21 for 2021 List and Balance

  1. A

    I used to make a list of things I wanted to accomplish in the upcoming year, and a list of things I was grateful for in the last year. Sometimes I would just put it away until the following year. It was amazing to see what I’d accomplished and more! I have a few years worth in a journal somewhere. Might have to start it up again. Happy New Year to you all…


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