52 Small Goal Ideas for 2017

As the new year approaches, I love to reflect and ponder goals I’ve made and plan on making. If you can’t tell already, I’m a self-help junkie. I believe we should learn to be content, but never be complacent. There is a difference. 

I’m a huge advocate for personal growth and that’s why I’ve put together this list of small goal ideas. I am in no way suggesting that all of these ideas be implemented at once or that I have attained everything on this list! In fact, I have found that starting with one small goal and increasing from there produces the best results. If you haven’t already, check out the 7 Tips to Turn Your Goals into Reality post!

Here are 52 small goal ideas for 2017!

  1. Write down something everyday for which you are thankful.
  2. Read at least one chapter of the Bible everyday.
  3. Pray 20 minutes more everyday.
  4. Do one random act of kindness every month.
  5. Take a 10 minute walk everyday.
  6. Read one new book per month.
  7. Schedule more family gatherings.
  8. Tell someone why you appreciate them every week.
  9. Develop/perfect a morning routine.
  10. Get adequate sleep.
  11. Start meal planning every week.
  12. Take your vitamin every day.
  13. Spend 10 minutes every evening preparing for the next day.
  14. Fast one day per week.
  15. Stick to a cleaning schedule.
  16. Drink at least 1 glass of water every day.
  17. Go screen free one day per month. 
  18. Delete your social media apps for 1 week each month.
  19. Schedule date night each month with your spouse.
  20. Go on a spending fast.
  21. Schedule time with your grandparents/parents.
  22. Try cooking at least 1 more meal at home every week.
  23. Create a budget that correlates with your pay schedule (weekly, biweekly, monthly)
  24. Ask someone how they are everyday and truly listen to their reply.
  25. Read a book to your child/children everyday.
  26. Tell God that you trust Him everyday.
  27. Teach your children a life lesson every week.
  28. Tell someone your testimony once a week.
  29. Invite someone to church once a week.
  30. Ask a friend to give you a prayer request that you can pray for everyday.
  31. Eat at the kitchen table as a family.
  32. Make your bed everyday.
  33. Take the last 5 minutes at work to tidy your space.
  34. Write down what you hope to accomplish the next day at work and leave it on your desk.
  35. Put your phone away while you drive.
  36. Schedule a day every 3 months to get pictures from your phone developed.
  37. Try a new recipe every week.
  38. Use an app like MyFitnessPal to track your food everyday.
  39. Don’t eat after 8 pm every night.
  40. Find a way to serve your community every month or quarter.
  41. Get rid of something that is no longer useful every day or every week.
  42. Declare a clutter-free zone and keep it.
  43. Declare a clean-up time every evening before bed.
  44. Schedule time to stay at home.
  45. Load the dishwasher every night.
  46. Try to be 10 minutes early to commitments.
  47. Give yourself an extra 50% of estimated time to complete a large project.
  48. Fold and put up laundry immediately
  49. Train for a 5K race.
  50. Recite Deuteronomy 6:4 to your children daily.
  51. Pray with your children daily.
  52. Make your car a clutter-free zone.

As always, thank you for your time in reading this post! Please leave a comment below if any of these ideas resonate with you or if you have some small goal ideas of your own to share! I’d love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Sharon Clendenen

    Excellent! Wouldn’t our lives be so much better! I am going to read and reread these! I love you, my sweet cousin. May God richly bless you and your family this year.

    • Dianna G.

      Hahaha! Me too! These are the things rolling around in my head all day! No wonder I feel overwhelmed sometimes! But I’m learning…one day at a time!

  2. Nicole

    A couple of years ago I read a blog about setting goals for the New Year by choosing one word (or theme) to focus on that year. So that first year my word was “grace”…and I focused on showing more grace to others and reay focused on what that meant to me and to the Lord. Last year my word was “discipline”…as in finances, etc. This year my word is going be to “discipline” again…lol.

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