For the third year in a row, I’m completing the Design Your 20XX workbook, a tool developed by GetBullish creator Jen Dziura for those of us who find extreme joy in advance planning. The Design Your 2017 workbook contains some updates from previous versions which I found to be thoughtful improvements as well as good fun (we should all have To-Don’t lists!), but one of my favorite prompts, which I’ve come to rely on as a measure of my year-to-year progress, remains a cornerstone of the workbook: Define your values.
In a greater effort this year to establish accountability, I decided to share some of the work I did. Below is a list of values I identified for myself in 2017, ranked in (general) order of importance. I find it beneficial to rank my values because it forces me to examine which ones I prioritize over others and why. In the process of ranking I also ended up removing some of the values I had originally listed because A), I found they fit into other, more specific values I already had on the list, or B), they turned out not to be actual values.
The result is an honest hierarchy of values:
 Finding my voice and using it.
 Getting paid to improve my skill as a writer.
 Respect + acclaim as a writer and communications professional.
 Healthy habits + self-care.
 Nurturing meaningful, supportive relationships with friends and family.
 Maintaining cool, collected, highly competent confidence in professional or stressful settings.
 Making more money.
 Keeping a clean, well-organized, elegant apartment.
 Dressing like a sophisticated, bad-ass woman of the world.
 Doing my best to make the world a better place through proactive kindness, awareness + action. Also, feminism.
 Saving money.
 Expanding my network of interesting, like-minded friends + peers.
 Meeting more of the people I admire/potential mentors.
 Community building for introverts.
 Developing a fit, controlled mind.
 Accomplishing more in one week than the average person.
 Voracious reading.
 Trying new things that take me out of my comfort zone.
 Good food, coffee + alcohol.
 Running longer distances.
 Being exceptional, weird an unlike anyone else.
 Improving my French language skills.
 Making an entrance.