Despite my degree in Occupational Therapy, I am in no way an expert on goal setting for life. I have found some excellent resources to help me with my grand plan for 2015 and, of course, I want to share them with you. Pick a few to read or review, print a few of the printables, and have a blessed 2015!
Books to Read
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode (Crystal Paine) is one of my top 2014 reads. It is a must read for anyone looking to calm the chaos and add purpose to their day. Crystal directs us through goal setting in areas such as finance, health, and your home. There are thoughtful tips on creating your own routines for better time management. She shares her own list of goals and routines to provide a helpful example. I think I will read this book every year to help me reassess and plan.
The Best Yes (Lysa TerKuerst) provided an overarching framework for my goal setting this year. Lysa takes you on a journey through your priorities, commitments, and expectations. She helps you decide what is important and deserves your yes. You also get help to determine those things that need a “no” in order to make room for your best yes. With The Best Yes as my guide, I determined where I need to shift my focus in the coming months. Ladies in my small group, you may want to grab a copy and start reading (wink-wink!)!
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (Laura Vanderkam) examines powerful patterns for the early morning. Laura Vanderkam provides interviews, anecdotes, and helpful tips for anyone looking to add more meaning to their day. It is applicable for mamas and managers alike. Vanderkam says, “When you make over your mornings, you can make over your life.” I have started capturing the morning hours in the last few weeks. This book reinforced what I have started and encouraged me to keep it up in 2015.
Tools4Wisdom Planner. The last few years I used iCal on my phone to manage appointments and obligations. I really miss the pen and paper calendars so I decided to get one this year. I found the Tools4Wisdom planner on Amazon and ordered it, even though the price was a little higher than I had planned to spend on a planner. It comes with a money-back guarantee so I figured it was low-risk. The selling point for me are the goal setting pages as well as areas to transfer your goals each month and week. It helps to break those big goals into small steps. I also like the daily agenda; I hope it will help me capture The Fringe Hours.
A Place of Quiet Rest (Nancy Leigh DeMoss) is a fantastic resource for learning how to spend time with God. She offers solid teaching based in Scripture, as well as helpful tips and guidelines. If you set a goal to start spending time in God’s Word each day, I highly recommend you grab a copy and start reading it!
The Fringe Hours (Jessica Turner). I am excited to be on the launch team for this upcoming release (February, 2015). Jessica (The Mom Creative) wrote a much needed book for women who long to find more time to feed their soul. I need this so very much at this moment in my life as I commit to writing and publishing in 2015. I am working my way through this gem as I write this. Look for a full review in a few weeks.
Blogs and Online Resources
Michael Hyatt’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing is a great place to start. If you haven’t written your goals down by now, he will convince you to do it! You may want to spend a few minutes looking around his blog. I especially enjoyed his post on creating margin, a thought that keeps poking its head into my 2015 planning.
She Reads Truth. If you are looking for a reading plan to help you establish a habit of daily Bible reading, consider the online study, She Reads Truth. Each day, the gifted writers provide passages and a thoughtful meditation online. You can also purchase a study guide and beautiful scripture memory cards and prints. There is a community of women who provide comments, encouragement, and prayer support. It’s like a virtual small group! I followed along during November and December and I am hooked! Join us for the book of John in January!
Home Storage Solutions 101 grabbed my attention with the “52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge.” I am all about getting rid of the clutter and chaos in 2015! I have scheduled the first few weeks of this challenge in my new planner. I must admit I am a little nervous about week 31. Photos fall all around me every time I get into the hall closet. Yikes!
The Confident Mom I started following Susan’s blog last year when she offered a free printable planner. Y’all, I LOVED this planner! It lists out daily household tasks so I do not have to decide what to do every day. It stayed on my fridge for the last 52 weeks. It helped me find my groove as I transitioned back to being a full-time mom. Susan is offering this planner again and I highly recommend it for anyone who may feel overwhelmed by the to-do list they face every Monday morning. Susan also creates a great summer planner to help you fill those long days between the last day of school and the glorious day the kids return to the classroom. Be sure to check back with her in May to get that great resource! Note: there is a cost for the supplemental package, however you can download the planner for free. If it asks you for a password, use busymom.
Money Saving Mom In addition to her book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, Crystal Paine’s blog is full of useful information for personal growth and household management. It is a blog I visit almost daily. For the purposes of my 2015 goal setting, I found her printables helpful. They include menu planning and a goal-setting worksheet. She also has a post from 2013 that provides great tips and additional printables for setting your goals.
Do you have a great resource to add to the list? Is there a great printable that has helped you manage your time or your home more efficiently? Share in the comment section!