Keep Trying to Meet Your Goals

goal setting

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. In an effort to encourage us along and keep me accountable, I continue to update on 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 April.  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.

March was a hard month and I hit April 1 with new determination. I made some great changes and fell into some old habits. I spent some time thinking about why I even set these goals to begin with and why I am tripping up on the same ones. I provide a little more commentary on my goals this month. I hope it will encourage you to know that it’s okay to fail and try again (this podcast is a GREAT motivator!).

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April Goals

My overall goal in April was to stay the course. I have been 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. (2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Timothy 4:5). I tend to cram at the last minute to get my verse memorized. I want to start breathing these verses, not just memorizing them.
2.  Sleep 7 hours a night. (My average went up to around 6 a night, but I’m still lacking. Cutting screens off by 8 pm is my reluctant strategy. I have been fighting it, but it’s time.)
3.  Exercise 3-4 x week and drink 8 glasses of water daily.
4.  Read 2 books. (In all honesty, I am only almost finished reading the 2nd book. Just a few chapters left!)

Predator (Terri Blackstock) solidified my commitment to keep boundaries on the technology in our home. And my love for good, suspenseful fiction!

The Circle Maker (Mark Batterson) has challenged my prayer theology and practices. He uses anecdotal and scriptural examples of big prayer and an even bigger faith.

I am reading The Fringe Hours (Jessica Turner) again for an online book study. Plus, it is one of my new favorite non-fiction books with a powerful message all women need to hear.

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Relational
1. Weekly movie night; monthly date night. (We finally finished Breaking Bad! We also got to spend a few days at the beach together while my mom watched the kids. We came back as friends, not just spouses.)
2. 1:1 time with each daughter. (I ate lunch at school with each daughter, but not intentional, 1:1 time with them.)
3. Research/read about kids and finances. (We started a “wages” system. Maybe I will have something to write about that later! I still want to read Mary Hunt’s book, Raising Financially Confident Kids.)
4. Read aloud 1 book with the girls. (We started a Nancy Dew book, but I didn’t do much more than start it. I hope to find one all 3 of us can get excited about in May.)

Home
1. Catch up and complete Declutter 365 challenges. (Nope. Not even close. I wanted to just throw in the towel and let the clutter win. But, I know on the other side of this challenge is a more peaceful environment. It is worth the effort! I saved April’s challenge and I will get it done! I can celebrate the fact that I am over halfway to my year-long 2000 Things Challenge!).
2. Use a Fringe Hour to paint an old window, mat and frame some prints, hang pictures. (I did hang one picture. Celebrate the small victories with me, folks! And, yes, I do add things to my to-do list just so I can cross them off!)
3. Clean out closets and drawers with the seasonal clothes switch.

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Professional
1. Work through my blog “punch list.” (Maybe you noticed a few changes like my Facebook header and Twitter header. Thank you to Hodges Design for the awesome logo!)
2.  Write “away” 2x this month. (I have learned how to use nap time at my house for writing, which was a huge breakthrough for the month of March. I also got to write a lot at the beach.)
3. Complete first draft of first ebook. (It’s in Word ready for the first round of edits. Does that count?)

May Goals

My overall goal in May is to stay tuned to adjustments God may be asking of me. I don’t want my planning to quiet His voice. If I struggle in a certain area, I need to consider what God might teach me through that struggle.

Personal
1.  Memorize 2 new verses. Keep them with me and recite at least 1x day.
2.  Sleep 7 hours a night by turning screens off by 8 pm.
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.
2. 1:1 time with each daughter.
3. Plan summer activities.
4. Read aloud 1 book with the girls.

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. Determine the best way to monitor/track chores for the kids’ wages. Add summer time duties.

Professional
1. Work through my blog “punch list.”
2. Edit my eBook.
3. Prepare for summer small group semester (not really “professional” but this goal needs a home).

What goals did you meet for April?  Celebrate those successes!  How can you make progress toward your 2015 goals in May?  Write them down and keep them visible.  Keep trying to meet your goals! We are almost half way through the year–don’t give up yet!

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