Goal Update: Stay the Course in April

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After much reading and soul-searching, I started 2015 with a list of goals. Research reveals that about 36% of goal-setters will abandon their goals by Jan 31. We are a quarter of the way through the year and I am tempted to lose focus and settle in to my old habits. In an effort to encourage us along and keep me accountable, I continue the updates of how I am doing with my goals.

At the start of each month, I list out the steps I need to take to reach each goal.  I selected a few to focus on during the month of March.  Each week I pick a few of my focus goals to address.  This keeps me from getting overwhelmed.  I really love the Tools4Wisdom Planner; it helps me think through this process and keeps my goals in my face all week.

This month was particularly hard. We have had so many viruses and illnesses this month. I had a sick child at home each week this month, sometimes 2 at the same time! I learned how to be okay with unfinished checklists and a little mess (okay, a LOT of mess!).

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March Goals

My overall goal in March was to capture my time. I get stuck in time-sucking activities. Focus was my focus!

Personal
1.  Memorize 2 verses. (Romans 12:1-2 and Psalm 90:12.)
2.  Sleep 7 hours a night. (I am averaging 6+/- a night. This is not okay. I have to work on this!)
3.  Exercise 3-4 x week and drink 8 glasses of water daily.
4.  Read 2 books.
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker (available August 2015; I am on the launch team)
Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt (if you blog or write, please do yourself and your message a favor and read this book!)
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Relational
1.  Weekly movie night; monthly date night. (Date night was actually a date breakfast–thanks for watching the kids, Mom!)
2.  1:1 time with each daughter. (Hair cuts and ice cream)
3.  Serve with my family. (picture below)
4.  Read aloud 1 book with the girls. (Claire picked Mr. Popper’s Penguins. One day I need to write about how much I identify with Mrs. Popper!)

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We joined our church for a serve day and fed the homeless downtown.

 

Home
1.  Complete Declutter 365 challenges. (I am behind, but don’t count me out yet! I am about 75% finished with March challenges.)
2.  Develop consistency with my cleaning routine. (I have decided I will never reach this goal until 2033 when my youngest graduates from high school. And it’s ok.)

Professional
1.  Complete Blogging Your Passion University and the subsequent to do list. (BYPU membership is open for a few more days! Jump in and try them out!)
2.  Write “away” 2x this month. (“Away” has become writing during nap time. It’s going back on the list for April.)
3.  Complete Mrs Disciple 101 series.

April Goals

My overall goal in April is to stay the course. I am so tempted to take a break and coast. However, reviewing my yearly goals reminds me that I have an end in mind. It will be worth the work to get there.

Personal
1.  Memorize 2 new verses. Review January through March verses to make sure I know them well.
2.  Sleep 7 hours a night.
3.  Exercise 3-4 x week and drink 8 glasses of water daily.
4.  Read 2 books.

Relational
1. Weekly movie night; monthly date night (I might make this one a get-away since this is my honey’s birthday month).
2. 1:1 time with each daughter.
3. Research/read about kids and finances. (They are asking for ways to earn money.)
4. Read aloud 1 book with the girls. (TBD)

Home
1. Catch up and complete Declutter 365 challenges.
2. Use a Fringe Hour to paint an old window, mat and frame some prints, hang pictures.
3. Clean out closets and drawers with the seasonal clothes switch.

Professional
1. Work through my blog “punch list.”
2.  Write “away” 2x this month.
3. Complete first draft of first ebook.

What goals did you meet for March?  Celebrate those successes!  How can you make progress toward your 2015 goals in April?  Write them down and keep them visible.  We can do this!

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