Here is my monthly goals update…which is late…because that’s how my life is right now. Our family went through some big transitions over the past month, and I’m still in the process of adjusting to the changes. But that’s okay!
One great thing about evaluating my goals progress each month is that it gives me a chance for a fresh start. This is a great time to refocus and recommit to doing more with this year. I’m excited to see what I can accomplish in this new-ish month!
My Goals for 2017
1. Pray through The Power of a Praying Wife each month.
I’ve used this book to help guide how I pray for my husband for many years, but more recently, I’ve fallen away from consistently praying thoughtful and intentional prayers for him. The Power of a Praying Wife highlights thirty different areas of your husband’s life to pray over (a chapter for each one), and I want to intentionally pray for the topic that corresponds with the date throughout each day.
Last month: I’ve been praying for the day’s topic most days during my morning quiet time, but I haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked. I let a few days slide, and I didn’t keep it on my mind all day long.
This month: I’ll continue praying every morning at the beginning of my quiet time. I also want to be more intentional about praying for my husband (and specifically for that day’s topic) throughout each day.
2. Spend 10 minutes 3 times a week on golf.
I’m learning to play golf. It’s both comical and sad, all at the same time. It certainly does not come naturally to me, but Brian and I wanted an activity we can enjoy together even when we’re old and grey. It’s also stretching both of us to be patient with each other as he tries to help me learn something that’s way outside of my comfort zone.
Last month: I still haven’t done anything yet towards this goal. Well, I did some push-ups a couple days (trying to build my upper body strength), but not enough to make a difference.
This month: I need to schedule time every week for building up my arm and core muscles. I also want to watch one or two videos each week on golf techniques. This really shouldn’t be that hard if I just commit to it!
3. Finish laundry and housework before Brian gets home.
I have a bad habit of leaving things like folding the laundry or washing the dishes until it’s almost time for my husband to come home from work, which is actually very late in the evening. I want to set aside time early in the day for finishing my tasks so I can enjoy relaxing with my husband when he comes home from a long day at work.
Last month: While I didn’t consistently work on my home from 5pm to 8pm most evenings (which was my plan), I still did pretty good about getting most of my work done before Brian got home. Except for that week when I didn’t do the dishes most days. Let’s not talk about that, okay?
This month: My husband is working crazy hours right now and doesn’t get home before 11pm most days. So, getting my housework done before he’s home isn’t a problem, but I want to be more diligent to have a snack waiting for him when he finally rolls in. Also, for the short time he’s home, I need to intentionally focus on spending time with him instead of getting a jump-start on my tasks and routines.
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4. Pray for each of the kids specifically each day.
I’m trying to be more intentional about praying for specific needs in each of my kids’ lives. I don’t want to throw up quick “bless them” types of prayers. I want to praise God for each of them individually and pray for their hearts in a way that only a mother can.
Last month: I (mostly) stayed offline each morning until after my morning quiet time, and I began my time with prayer, which included praying for my kids.
This month: I will continue to start my mornings with prayer (instead of email and Facebook) while my tea is being prepared and for a few minutes afterwards. I’ll use that time for praying specifically for my husband and for God’s will in each of my kids’ lives.
5. Clean out clutter for 15-30 minutes 4 times a week.
I’m wanting to set aside time from 5pm to 8pm most days for working on housework and other miscellaneous tasks. My husband doesn’t usually get home from work until after 8pm (or later!), so that time works well for our family. I’ll spend a few minutes of that time getting rid of the clutter that continues to plague our home.
Last month: I didn’t do a whole lot of clutter-busting last month, but I did add it to my to-do list (which is a start). I worked on eliminating a couple piles, but I need to do more!
This month: The clutter is starting to get to me. While my hubby is working such long hours, I want to spend more time focused on working through every inch of our house and making it clutter-free. I have this on my to-do list every day, and I need to discipline myself to actually do it!
6. Have Mikey leash trained by the end of summer.
We love our puppy with all our hearts, but he drives us absolutely crazy when we try to take him for a walk. I’m setting a goal of getting him leash trained because it’s something he needs, it’s something that can be measured (we’ll know when it can be marked off the list), and any other training we do with him will contribute to teaching him to follow our commands, even when we’re out on a walk.
Last month: I worked on training him a little bit, but not a lot. He’s doing pretty good with “stay” if it’s in a very controlled environment. And involves cheese or chicken as a reward.
This month: At least once a week I want to watch dog training videos for inspiration, encouragement, and ideas (it’s on my to-do list each week). I’ve started having Mikey on a leash in the house for part of the day, and it’s helping his behavior a lot! And since it’s getting nice outside, we’ll be going on a lot more walks, so I can start doing more actual leash-training.
7. Make a time-blocked plan for all “work” days. (Days when my husband is at his job and I’m working at home.)
I am great at wasting time, yet feeling like I’ve done nothing but work all day long. By scheduling out my days, I’m more likely to get the most important tasks done and still have time for things like training the dog and finishing up the housework before my hubby gets home.
Last month: I time-blocked a few days, but my life wasn’t consistent, so my scheduling wasn’t consistent either.
This month: I’m giving myself a few minutes every morning to plan out my to-do list for the day. Right now, there are circumstances that keep my schedule very unpredictable, so I need to figure out a FLEXIBLE way to plan out my days for productivity.
8. Read 12 books this year.
I need to do more reading. That’s just a fact. I’ve set aside a few minutes during my quiet time for reading a book that will help me grow spiritually. If I’m following my plan of getting my housework finished up early, then I’ll be able to spend a few minutes in the evenings reading a book, too (instead of finishing up laundry and washing dishes).
This month: I will continue to read for 10-15 minutes during my morning quiet time (besides my Bible reading, of course). I want to add in 10-15 minutes of reading in the afternoon or evening, too. Very soon I’ll finish Breaking Busy and A Wife After God’s Own Heart. Then I plan to start The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
9. Exercise 20-30 minutes 3 times a week.
This one is hard for me. Very, very hard. If I hope to achieve this goal, I’m going to have to schedule this into my day or make it part of my routine. I want to stretch out for a few minutes and then either go up and down the stairs (not really fun, but can be done inside), take the dog for a walk, or workout with my husband.
Last month: I exercised a couple of times. Literally, probably twice. However, I did reach my steps goal on my FitBit most days, so I’ll call that a teeny-tiny win.
This month: I’m going to be more intentional about reaching my steps goal on my FitBit, and I’m going to start taking the dog on a walk at least three days a week. I also want to do push-ups and sit-ups at least three days a week.
10. Reach healthy goal weight by my birthday.
The forties haven’t been kind to me. If I put on a couple of pounds, they simply don’t want to come off. And even if I don’t change my eating or activity level, those extra couple of pounds start to multiply. There’s a weight that feels really good to me that I’d like to work towards by my birthday in May.
Last month: I started being more careful about what I ate and using my glass water bottle to increase my water intake. I made a little bit of progress on my healthy habits by the end of the month, but no progress on my weight goal.
This month: I’m going to track my eating and water intake and increase my exercise. I haven’t made much (aka. any) progress towards my weight goal yet, so I really need to up my game.
11. Build up our emergency fund.
Basically, every extra penny will go towards having an emergency fund. This goal should help me be more diligent to watch our grocery spending (a needed side-benefit). It will also force me to watch and update our budget more often so I’m keeping on top of how much we’re spending and how much we can save.
Last month: I only contributed a very small amount towards our emergency fund, but while we are meeting our medical deductible for the new year, nearly every spare penny has been used for medical bills. I’m actually very happy that I didn’t pull anything out of our emergency fund, and I was still able to pay all the medical bills that came in.
This month: I’m going to update our budget software daily to keep focused and on track. I need to do better at staying within our grocery budget, and I still need to look for clothes or books that can be sold for a little extra cash.
12. Pay off debt.
There are two specific items that I want to pay off by this summer.
Last month: I made a new chart so we can see our progress in paying off debt, but we just paid the minimums last month.
This month: We’ll still be needing to put any extra money towards paying for our medical deductible this month, so we probably won’t make much progress on our debt. Still, not racking up more debt during these “deductible months” is really a huge deal. If I can, I’ll put a few extra dollars towards paying down a balance.
13. Write for 15 minutes 4 times a week.
This might seem pretty wimpy, but I’ve found that if I write for 15 minutes, I’ll likely continue writing for an hour or more. It’s just the process of getting started that is my biggest roadblock. Writing for 15 minutes feels like it’s not that big of a deal, and once I get going, I know I’ll make much more progress.
Last month: I still didn’t do nearly enough writing. Just fits and spurts.
This month: I need to schedule my writing time into my day, and then I need to stick to the plan so I actually sit down and do it. I really love to write, so if I can discipline myself to take the first step (sitting down at the computer without any distractions), this goal should add a lot of joy to my day.
14. Write a new ebook to sell on Amazon.
I’ve been wanting to sell an ebook on Amazon for a long time, and this year it’s going to happen (my ebook Clutter-Free Clean is only sold through my shop). This goal will challenge me to not only set aside dedicated writing time, but also to learn the basics of creating a product for Amazon and the process of listing it (and everything that goes along with that).
Last month: I got my rough draft put together.
This month: I need to edit and format my draft and learn how to put it on Amazon.
There you have it. Those are my big goals for the year. I’ll report to you next month with my progress (or failures – hey, this is real life).
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I would love to hear what some of your goals are for 2017. Share your goals with us in the comments!
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