3 Simple Activities to Kick Start 2021

Is the thought of creating a grand plan with monthly breakdowns feel too overwhelming for 2021? Do you feel bad that you haven’t done any goal setting yet?

With last minute lockdowns and virtual schooling, times are uncertain. How are you supposed to plan?

I feel your pain. I’ve done the whole 30-page reflection and plan workbooks for the past 2 years, but I just wasn’t feeling it this year. I went out in search of different methods, and I present to you 3 powerful things you can do to get your year started.

Spend 15 minutes on each of them, and you’ll be ready to go. It will get you started in the right direction for the next 3 months, and that’s really all you need to get going.

Activity 1: Create Your Be, Do, Have List

The Be, Do, Have List is like if your vision board and bucket list had a child.

Use Trello, Notion or any board-like software to keep track of your board.

Ideas for Each Category:


  • identity level things, where you want to live, how you want to feel, nouns you would use to describe yourself, something that might appear on your bio


  • experiences you want to have, things you want to achieve, travel items – might want to break that down


  • things you want to have in your life or things you want to upgrade this year

Activity 2: Answer These 3 Powerful Questions

Answer these questions to bring your enthusiasm and energy for an area of confidence to an area that you want to improve for 2021.

  1. Pick an area that you want to improve. Write down all of your thoughts about it.
  2. Pick an area that simply seems to flow for you. Write down all of your thoughts about this.
  3. Compare and contrast between questions 1 & 2. What do you notice between the two lists of thoughts?

Activity 3: Pick ONE Goal and Break It Down Into Steps

Here are your steps:

  1. Pick ONE achievement that will make your entire year. What will make the biggest difference in your life?
    (Remember that this should be specific! e.g. “Complete FreeCodeCamp Front End Certification and build the 5 projects.” vs “Learn to code”.)
  2. Break it down into 4 milestones.
  3. Brainstorm as many steps as you can think of for all of the milestones. Focus on the first 1-2 milestones.

Congratulations, you have a list of steps you can follow immediately!


Doing these 3 simple things will set you on the right path as you start the new year – all without the overwhelm of setting several goals and breaking them all down month by month.

You can also do this any time you want to recalibrate an area of your life!

Hi, I'm Jenny. I'm a developer with 3 years of experience. Welcome to the most supportive community for female developers!

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