After much reading and soul-searching, I started 2015 with a list of goals. Hopefully you took a few minutes to write down your goals for 2015. Research reveals that about 36% of goal-setters will abandon their goals by Jan 31. In an effort to encourage us along, I thought I would stop in from time-to-time and let you know how I am doing on my goals. I always find strength in others’ successes. And comfort in their failures.
If you are tempted to abandon your goals (or you already have), consider these helpful tips:
- Write your goals down. It will help you set a direction and visualize your success.
- Keep them visible. Post them somewhere so you will see them often. I write mine in my planner weekly.
- Break it down. While “lose 25 pounds” is intimidating, “walk 30 minutes 3x a week” is a small, doable step toward the greater goal.
- Identify the next step and take it. I want to write a book this year. My next step is to write, undisturbed, for a chunk of time. That made the goal list this month.
At the start of January, I listed out the steps I needed to take to reach each goal. Then I selected a few to focus on during the month of January. 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.
My overall goal for January was to establish productive and efficient routines, both personal and household.
Start scripture memory (Philippians 3:12-14, John 7:18)
Start Fitbit logging (food and exercise)
Exercise 3-4x a week (Thank you, CafeMom!)
Read two books (I actually read three: The Fringe Hours, Clutter Free, and Pulling Back the Shades.) Check out my review of Clutter Free and win Pulling Back the Shades ebook.
Weekly movie night with David
Monthly date night (Dinner and a movie…Thanks for babysitting, Mom!)
3. 1:1 time with each kid
Start small group
5. Read 1 book aloud with the kids
I got the one-on-one time with everyone but the middle child (typical middle child parenting mistake). I did eat lunch with her at school, but little brother was a tag-along. We read a few chapters in a book, but collectively decided we didn’t like it enough to finish it. I will have to be intentional about reaching this goal; it has been a struggle!
Establish morning routine
Establish a cleaning schedule
Complete Declutter 365 Challenge for the month of January.
I struggled with the morning routine. My entire family started getting up earlier and it threw me off. I am really thrilled with the outcome of the Declutter 365 Challenge. I added in Kathi Lipp’s 2000 Things Challenge. It has the whole family excited about decluttering!
Create an editorial calendar for the first quarter (I am so excited about creating content for the next few months! Sign-up for the emails so you don’t miss a thing!)
My overall goal in February is to make habits out of the routines I established in January.
1. Memorize 2 verses.
2. Sleep 7 hours a night (I am really struggling with this one!)
3. Exercise 3-4 x week; resume 5k training.
4. Read 2 books.
1. Weekly movie night; monthly date night.
2. 1:1 time with each daughter.
3. Fourteen in February
4. Read aloud 1 book with the girls.
1. Complete Declutter 365 challenge.
2. Complete 1 freezer meal session.
3. Review budget with David.
1. Complete Blogging Your Passion University.
2. Write “away” 2x this month (I need some concentrated, uninterrupted time).
3. Complete 1 online course for my OT CEU.
What goals did you meet for January? Celebrate those successes! How can you make progress toward your 2015 goals in February? Write them down! We can do this!