In grade school, I used to hate doing goal setting at the beginning of the year. But by the time I got to college, I was outlining my goals in my planner, on my laptop, and on the chalkboard hanging next to my door. It took me a while, but I’ve finally realized how important personal goals for a woman can be, especially for a woman in her 20s.

Now I appreciate how goals drive personal growth, remind you where to place your focus, and motivate you throughout the year. For all of these reasons, it’s definitely worth setting goals. If you’re unsure where to start or looking for ideas, here’s some suggestions of goals for 20 year olds to consider. They will help you settle on new year resolutions and intentions for 2022, and there’s a free printable and goals worksheet at the end to go along with the list.

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Personal Goals for A Woman in 2022

The year 2021 was somehow just as rough as 2020. In 2020, I often got caught up in my circumstances instead of trying to make the best of the situation. In 2021, the hard circumstances seemed to multiply, and my personal goals got lost in the shuffle.

So in 2022, I want to be a goals girl, a woman with goals!

To battle the confusion and negativity, the tough situations and gloomy circumstances, I want to be characterized and driven by purpose and goals. This doesn’t mean that I will somehow change or control my circumstances. Instead, my intention is to find purpose within those situations and keep my goals as motivation to get back up again and continue.

I’m reminded of a verse in Philippians:

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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Even though this verse is specifically referring to the call of God on our lives, the perseverance and character showed here can apply to our 2022 personal goals, too.

Advice in Setting Goals for 20 Somethings

Personal Goals for a woman can include many different categories like personal growth in your 20s, personal goals for a spiritual woman, and new year resolution ideas for work.

We don’t know what 2022 holds, but the first personal goal that I’d recommend for all women, is to not get hung up on the past. (Philippians 3:13-14)

A new year is the perfect time to turn the page and look ahead So, whatever your goals for your 20s are, they’re the perfect way to keep your focus on the road ahead instead of whatever you’ve left behind.

In 2022, let’s be girls with goals! But before that…

How do you set your life goals at 20?

You set your life goals at 20 with a grain of salt, a sense of humor, and an understanding that things will definitely change along the way. If you think about 2021, your idea for how the year would be changed as the year carried on.

In the same way, everyone’s twenties are full of a lot of change and transition, sometimes planned and sometimes unplanned. So when setting goals in life for a woman (or man), make them flexible.

When writing down your goals to achieve before 30, be ambitious, but give yourself grace if you don’t achieve them. Because you don’t know what the future holds!

What to focus on in your 20s?

With so much change and transition going on, it’s hard to know what to focus on in your 20s. As someone who is halfway through her 20s, I’d say focus your twenties on four main areas:

  • Finding Your Passion
  • Spending Time on What Matters most to You
  • Building a Strong Relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Having Fun

One of the personal goals a woman in their twenties should have is finding their passion. What makes your heart race? What do you enjoy doing? What would you like to study? Make finding that personal passion your goal for your twenties, that you way you can spend your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, etc. doing it!

Time is the only thing you can never get more of. Make sure you are spending your time on what matters most to you — friends, family, a hobby, a passion, giving, volunteering, etc.

Your faith in Jesus will be the cornerstone for your life, and a strong foundation for the bustling, hustling life of navigating the adulting struggle as a woman in your 20s.

See Proverbs 16:9.

Lastly, having fun is important because you’re young and likely have fewer responsibilities (and mouths to feed). Life is meant to be lived, and the next day is never promised to us. A girl with goals is a girl who stops to smell the roses!

Goals for 20 Year Olds

So we know how to set personal goals as a woman: with a grain of salt and a sense of humor. We have four key areas to focus on in our 20s: passion, time, faith, and fun. All that’s left is deciding the best goals for a woman in her twenties.

So, as goals for 20 year olds go, my categories are: personal growth in your 20s, spiritual goals, personal goals for work, and general goals for the future. All of these make for great new year’s resolutions and intentions for 2022, too!

Related: Ways to Reflect and Set your New Years Intentions

Personal Growth in Your 20s

As I mentioned in my post about career advice and workplace tips for young professionals, pursuing development as a young professional is vital to becoming a senior professional. In the same way, personal growth in your 20s is about laying the groundwork for the future.

With all of the changes happening in your twenties, chances are that you’ll have plenty of opportunities for growth, but it doesn’t hurt to make personal growth an intention.

So, what are some good personal goals for 2022?

Here is a list of personal goals that any woman can customize to fit their needs or stage of life.

  1. Learn Something New: Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do or wished you could do like play the piano, do a handstand, or crochet? Make that one of your personal goals, you’ll learn a new skill and likely have a new hobby, too.
  2. Value Your Time: We are constantly interrupted by emails, text messages, and notifications. Little by little, this eats up into our time and leave only slivers for the people we love and the things we enjoy. This isn’t just about doing a social media detox (though this may help some). It’s about being more intentional with our time.
  3. Stop a bad habit: Everyone has something they wish they stopped doing or did less. For example, one of my goals for 2022 is to reduce the amount of time I spend on social media. Another example is stop overspending and learn to stick to a budget (these financial resources and tips will help with that).
  4. Giveback to the community: Think about ways you can giveback to your community, such as tutoring kids, joining the board of a charitable organization, or volunteering to feed the homeless. Last year, I had the opportunity to mentor interns at my company, and it was an incredible experience. Mentoring has a huge impact on the workplace and is one way to get involved in your community.
  5. Prune your relationships: Who you spend your time with is up to you, so surround yourself with people who build you up and encourage you, not those who tear you down.
  6. Practice Self Care: This will look different for everyone, but you want to make a habit of giving your body and your mind what it needs: nourishment, destress and rest, and sleep. Here’s more about the importance of taking time for yourself and self-care gift ideas to use in planning self-care activities.
  7. Travel: Whether it’s going to another country for the first time or visiting a national park nearby your home, travel is a great personal goal to remind yourself to explore.
  8. Read: You can learn so much from reading, and it also keeps your mind sharp. What books have been on your shelf for a long time just gathering dust? Take them off the shelf for 2022 and start reading!

Personal Goals for A Spiritual Woman

Whether you’ve just begun your walk with Christ or are a lifelong Christian, strengthening your relationship with Jesus Christ is something you’ll work on your entire life. So for any woman, here are some personal goals to help you grow as a Christian:

  1. Memorize more scripture: In Scripture, we are commanded to meditate on the word of God constantly (Psalm 1:2) and one of the best ways to do that is to memorize Scripture.
  2. Read the Bible daily: If you’re not sure where to start, I recommend Psalms or the book of John. You can also find some great Bible reading plans including ones that help you read the entire bible in a year. Or pick up a Bible that has a yearly Bible reading plan inside. You may also want to find a devotional for young professionals to guide you in your quiet time.
  3. Pray daily: In 1 Thess 5:16-18, we are reminded to pray without ceasing. The power of prayer is an incredible gift that Christians have. But when life gets busy, it’s easy to push prayer to the side. To combat that, I recommend getting a prayer journal to encourage you to be praying continually. I have one that helps me pray daily and track my prayers. It’s awesome to see how God answers them.
  4. Join a church or ministry: The congregation and worship of believers is so uplifting and inspiring. Dedicate some time this year to join a church or get involved in a ministry where you can use your spiritual gifts.
  5. Make Christian friends: We weren’t meant to walk the Christian life alone. Spend some time in prayer asking God to help you develop, strong godly friendships that will support you.

Related: If you’re looking for Scripture to memorize, check out 42 Bible Verses about a Woman of Good Character.

Good Personal Goals for Work

Since we spend most of our daytime at work, no list of personal goals for a woman would be complete without some specific goals for work.

  1. Learn a New Skill: Pursuing development as a young professional makes you a more valuable asset to your team. Here are tips on how to make sure you’re challenging yourself.
  2. Take on new responsibilities: This year, add to your soft skills by leading a team, communicating directly with the client, giving presentations–anything that will further develop your skills and give you more experience.
  3. Get promoted: If you like the team you’re currently working on but are looking for a new challenge, speak with your manager about the requirements for moving to a more senior position.
  4. Move into a different role: Maybe this job or role isn’t for you? It could be time to apply for a new position at your company or a different company.
  5. Find a mentor: As a young professional, you won’t and shouldn’t know everything. A mentor offers advice and guidance to help you flourish early in your career. He or she is a great person to bounce ideas off of, too.
  6. Be a mentor: This is a great way to help those whose shoes you were in not too long ago.
  7. Network: Make new connections with people in industries and roles you’re interested in. They’ll serve you well in the future when you may be ready for a change. Learning networking skills and using them may be how you find your next role or your next passion.
  8. Learn to Say No: You want to help your team and impress your boss, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a “Yes” girl. Unless you learn how to say no professionally and avoid the guilt trap, you will get burnt out and start resenting work.
  9. Go back to school: Consider some graduate school programs or professional certifications that will add to your qualifications. You’ll need to research programs, decide which ones to apply to (if the timing is right), and see if your company offers tuition reimbursement options. Speaking from experience, I recommend you know what you want to study, what degree you want, and how it will impact your career before spending time and money on any graduate program.

Other new year resolution ideas for work

After you’ve set your own personal goals for work, why not take it a step further? Be a woman with goals, including one to facilitate an improved work environment. Companies are slow to change, but by being a catalyst for change, you can get the ball rolling. Start the conversation with your coworkers about how your team can set and achieve new year resolutions for work.

  • Workplace Tips and Goal Ideas for Teams
    • Use phone calls more instead of emails.
    • Only set up meetings with clear objectives and a structured agenda.
    • Start and end meetings on the :05 and :55 to give people breaks and prevent video meeting fatigue.
    • Take the first few minutes of meetings for chit-chat and relationship building.
    • Schedule team building activities monthly.
    • At the end of the month, talk as a team about what went well and what could be improved upon.
    • Communicate your work boundaries and respect each other’s.
    • Make every other Friday a “no meeting Friday” to give teammates time to catch up on work.
    • Take your vacation time but don’t take work with you. Maintaining Work Life Balance should be a personal goal for all of us!

What are some good future goals?

As a woman in her 20s, I’m looking to the future as in 2022 as well as the future in general. Here are some good goals for the future that I’m working toward slowly but surely. You may be surprised which of these you already accomplished or that are already in reach!

Depending on your specific season of life, 2022 might be the year you have some of these personal goals for the future on your list. You may also be surprised which of these you already accomplished or that are already in reach! I know I am.

Related: How to Handle Adulting with Flair and Faith

Where to Track your Goals for Your 20s

If you’re looking for different types of planners and organizers to get your goals down and planned for the year, I have plenty of recommendations that are stylish and functional. These planners options are great for tracking your goals, setting new year intentions, reflecting, and more. Some even have devotions, too.

Free Goals Worksheet and Printable for 2021:

Brainstorm your New Years resolutions and personal goals for a woman in her 20s with this simple goals worksheet. Download the 2022 rendition for free here!

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What are your goals for the new year and 2022?

As there are so many personal goals for your 20s to choose from, I’ve had to narrow it down for me. Out of all of those I’ve listed above, my goals for the new year are:

  • Learn a New Skill: I have started to dabble in Python and other coding software in my grad program. I’d like to become proficient in one of the coding languages.
  • Let go of Diet Culture: Focus on what my body needs and restore my relationship with food.
  • Travel: See a national park or go on a road trip. There are so many states I haven’t been to yet!
  • Volunteer in a ministry: Continue to find new ways to serve others at my current church.
  • Memorize scripture: The people at my church have impressed me by how well they know the Bible. They inspire and encourage me to memorize more scripture, too.
  • Be a Mentor: Now that I’ve been in corporate a while, I’d like to pass on what I’ve learned to a young professional just starting out in their career or an intern.
  • Grow my blog: It’s been amazing to see how God has used Kara J Lovett Co. over the past year to reach people all around the world. I’m excited to see where he is leading me and this blog next.
  • Prioritize writing time: It’s hard, but I’d like to get up before I start working and spend 30 minutes doing a free write. Writing is a joy that I want to always be a part of my life.

But with all goals in life for a woman or man, we must remember:

“A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.”

Proverbs 16:9 (NKJV)
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What should I accomplish in my 20s?

To sum up, your twenties are really about change, transition, and self-discovery.

As you move from student to young adult and leave college for post-grad life, you’ll have lots of opportunities and challenges along the way that will push you to grow in ways you never imagined.

You’ll learn a ton about yourself and little by little you’ll have an ideal vision for your future–which honestly may change from one year to the next. And that’s okay!

I’m certainly nowhere near the vision I had for 2021. I moved to another city, started a graduate program, transitioned to part-time work, and become a leader on my project. None of these goals were on my list as personal goals for 2021.

So be flexible. Give yourself grace. All of these aspirations are great personal goals for a woman in her twenties to work toward as she navigates the “adulting” struggle. But whatever you chose as your personal goals for 2022, make sure they reflect what’s important to you and the future you envision. Girl with goals, you got this!

How about you? What are your goals for 2021?

Leave me a comment below!

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2 Comments

  1. Reese Evans says:

    Very informative article Kara. Being a woman this article is an inspiration for me as well as the other women. Through this, they can be motivated & be successful in their business. So they don’t have to depend on others.

    1. Thank you, Reese. I find that having goals always keeps me motivated, as long as they are good goals and the right goals for me. 🙂

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