The start of July marks the halfway point of the calendar year. Are you halfway to where you want to be? We often start out the year with a list of goals or resolution. After a few weeks, many are forgotten. Give it a few months and old habits are back in their comfortable spot.
Are you okay with ending 2015 the same place you started?
In her online course, Make Over Your Mornings, Crystal Paine says, “Days upon days of running in circles add up to months and years–or even a lifetime–of a little forward movement along with a lot of frustration and stress.” This is precisely the reason I look over my goals regularly.
At the start of each month, I review my yearly goals and select a few bite-size pieces to focus on during the month. At the start of each week, I break down the monthly goals into actionable steps. I have my goals in front of me all week in my Tools4Wisdom planner.
It is not too late to set goals for 2015. There are still 6 months left in 2015. That’s 26 weeks. 183 days. Over 4,000 hours. Take a few minutes to dream about the you that you want to be at the end of these 183 days. Select 2-3 areas of focus. Write them down and start living that dream! (Helpful resources for setting goals can be found at the end of this post.)
My overall goal in June was to be intentional with relationships. I really want to make the most of the time with my kids this summer. I hope to continue to work toward my goals, but with a little shift in emphasis– relationships over processes. (I decided this shift in focus will be a journey for me. I may write about it one day, but in the meantime, please read Amber Haines‘ thoughts on real life. She says it so beautifully and I keep thinking about this post and how I want to savor everything regular.)
Memorize 2 new verses; recite at least 1x day. (Isaiah 54:10 and Psalm 19:14)
2. Sleep 7 hours a night by turning screens off by 8 pm. (Y’all, I want to give up. I am still logging 5-6 hours a night. This goal is going back on the list, especially the “screens off by 8 pm” part.)
Exercise 3-4 x week.
Read 2 books. (I got 7.5 in this month thanks to a few audiobooks and a can’t put it down all-nighter)
This month’s reading list:
A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband ‘Master’, Rachel Held Evans (a few thoughts on this one here)
Logged In and Tuned Out: A Non-techie’s Guide to Parenting a Tech-savvy Generation, Vicki Courtney
Dear Mr. Knightley, Katherine Reay (I read this in one sitting–which may explain my sleep issues! Fabulous in so many ways. Jane Austen fans, this is a must-read for you!)
Sycamore Row, John Grisham (a follow-up to A Time to Kill)
Make Over Your Mornings, Crystal Paine (workbook that comes with her online course)
Intervention, Terri Blackstock
I am about halfway through Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
I am also working my way through Do Over (Jon Acuff) in a little book club group.
Weekly movie night; monthly date night. (We used childcare at the Y and played tennis. More for him than me, but that’s what we do.)
2. 1:1 time with each daughter. (I had the body talk with my youngest. The oldest spent a few weeks at camp; I owe her one.)
Read aloud 1-2 book with the girls.
Who Was Sally Ride, Megan Stine (note: This book contains some information that may not be suitable for little ears such as divorce, homosexuality–yes, this is a book intended for children. I had to do some mama-editing toward the end of Sally’s life.)
Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt, Gare Winston
1. Catch up and
complete Declutter 365 challenges. (I have a few challenges to complete, but 3 cheers for small victories!)
2. Help the kids get their pictures and memory calendars up-to-date. (We never even started.)
Teach the girls home management skills. (laundry, cooking, and couponing training underway!)
Work through my blog “punch list,” including launching the new theme. (I love the new look! Thanks, Mom!)
Complete edits of my eBook; publish. (I hope to launch in July.)
research for an upcoming conference. (Begun but not complete.)
My overall goal in July is to savor. Savor my family. Savor friendships. Savor the creative process.
1. Memorize 2 new verses; review previous verses.
2. Sleep 7 hours a night; turn screens off by 8 pm.
3. Exercise 3-4 x week.
4. Read 2 books.
1. Weekly movie night; monthly date night.
2. 1:1 time with each daughter.
3. Read aloud 1-2 book with the girls.
1. Declutter 365 challenges.
2. Help the kids get their pictures and memory calendars up-to-date.
3. Teach the girls home management skills.
1. She Speaks pre-conference prep work.
2. Publish my eBook.
You may notice, my goals are similar each month. Many of them stay the same. Reviewing and monitoring goals does not have to be complicated. Take a few minutes at the start of each week and the start of each month to read through your goals. Pat yourself on the back for the small steps. You won’t be 100% all the time, but you will find that you are running in circles less and less.
Goal Setting for Beginners, Michael Hyatt podcast. Michael walks you through the in’s and out’s of setting goals. It is an easy listen with high impact. If you prefer to read, access a transcript here.
The evidence is overwhelming. People who set goals are happier. They live longer. They make more money. I mean, in every metric you want to measure, goal setting is a key component. Yet very few people do it. Michael Hyatt
Finally, Setting Goals for the New Year contains timeless principles that will help you set those mid-year goals.