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Goals, goals, goals. I’ve got them…but I think I misplaced them.
I stopped doing my monthly goals updates. I stopped thinking about my goals on a daily basis. I stopped caring if I was making any progress at all.
Basically, I let summer take over. I sort of go a bit braindead in summer. It happens every single year.
My schedule gets off, I don’t sleep well, and I stay in some sort of a procrastinating fog all the time. It isn’t pretty.
But now fall is here, and I’m back! The blog has a brand new design (oh, yeah, that’s what I did this summer!), I’m figuring out a routine, and I’m finally starting to think about reaching some of the goals I set for myself this year.
I’m ready to see what I can accomplish this month. I want to get back to doing more with this year!
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 far too hot and cold about praying. Yes, I pray for my husband every day, but I haven’t been as intentional about praying over various areas of his life.
This month: I’ll continue praying every morning at the beginning of my quiet time. I also want to be more intentional and consistent about praying for specific areas of my husband’s life and praying for him (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 haven’t done anything to work on golf for the past few months. Nothing. At all.
This month: I need to make time to watch one or two videos each week on golf techniques, and I need to get outside with a bucket of practice balls at least once a week. I must!
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: Brian’s schedule has been crazy lately, and he has often been gone until 10pm or 11pm. So, getting everything done before he gets home has been fairly easy.
This month: My husband gets home now at various times in the evening, and I never know when he’s going to walk through the door. I need to get my work done by early evening so I can be happy when he gets home and can give him my time and attention.
Managing Our Home & Family
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 have been praying for each of my kids, but not as intentionally as I would have liked.
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: Another thing I haven’t worked on at all…and it shows.
This month: The clutter is starting to get to me, and I need to keep working at it every day. I just need to do it. No procrastination, just progress.
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: Well, the end of summer came and went, and Mikey still pulls me every time I take him outside.
This month: I decided to ignore the fact that summer is gone and just keep moving forward. I need to watch more dog training videos for inspiration, encouragement, and ideas. I’ve been taking walks with him and trying to get him not to pull on the leash. It makes the walk a lot less fun (“No, Mikey, don’t pull. Sit. Okay, let’s go again. Stop pulling, Mikey. Sit. Let’s go…” Imagine that over and over and over for half an hour.), but hopefully I’ll start seeing some results.
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 didn’t do a lot of time-blocking, but I did start making to do lists more often.
This month: I need to take a few minutes every morning to plan out my to-do list for the day. I have a brand new planner that I absolutely LOVE! It’s giving me the motivation to make my lists and plan my days.
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).
Last month: I didn’t read a lot last month, but sometime over the past few months, I read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. Another book I read was More Than Just Making It by Erin Odom (aka. The Humbled Homemaker). I got a pre-release copy of the book, and I seriously couldn’t put it down! If you are struggling financially, you need to get this book because it’s full of practical tips and encouragement. If you aren’t struggling, you need to read it so you can better understand those who are. And honestly, the story is so compelling that you’ll read each new chapter just to see how the story turns out!
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. I’m almost done reading The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets. I’ve also started reading Control Girl and Gracelaced. I still want to read How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind.
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’ve not exercised much at all. Big surprise.
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 for a walk every weekday (I hope).
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: My birthday came and went, but my weight went away and then came back.
This month: I’m going to TRY to keep walking every day and be more careful about what I eat. I’m focusing on eating healthy foods and avoiding junk food and sugar.
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: We didn’t contribute to our emergency fund.
This month: I’m working very hard on this one. It’s an uphill battle, but I’m plugging away at. I’m being very careful about my grocery spending, and I’m looking at our finances daily to keep me focused.
12. Pay off debt.
There are two specific items that I want to pay off by this summer.
Last month: We just paid the minimums last month.
This month: We’ll be putting most money towards our emergency fund and only paying minimums until that goal is reached.
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 totally failed on this one.
This month: I need to do my writing early in the day before all my time is spent. It’s a discipline.
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 didn’t spend any time working on my ebook.
This month: I still 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).
If you’re struggling to figure out how to set realistic goals and maybe even accomplish them (just imagine that!), I highly recommend the Make Over Your Year eCourse. It’s fun to go through and super helpful. You also might want to check out these helpful tips for fixing your failed goals.