My Goals…Why do I set them? Why do I share them here?
- Setting goals helps me remain focused.
- Sharing my goals helps to hold me accountable.
- I hope that it may inspire you to set goals for yourself.
Are you new to goal setting? Here are a few posts that may help or inspire you:
- How to Set Goals using Short Challenges and Mini Goals
- How Short Challenges and Mini Goals Work for Me
- One Simple Task to Help You Follow Through On Your Goals
Wake-up & bedtimes
November: My goal was to be in bed for 7 hours most nights of the week. My preferred wake-up time is 6:00. I haven’t been getting up quite that early most mornings. Much of that depends on how often my 2-year old is up at night. When I have an hour or more to myself in the morning, I enjoy the time working on the project that I’m excited about.
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: Sleep It Does a Family Good and Make Over Your Mornings.
December: Be in bed from 11:15 – 6:15.
November: Read 2 books.
Nobody’s Cuter than You: A Memoir about the Beauty of Friendship
This is a heart-warming and humorous book!
The Girl You Left Behind
. While there were parts of the book I didn’t love, I was definitely hooked into the story.
December: Read 1 book. I am on 2 book launch teams for books coming out in January, so I will be starting Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World and Breaking Busy soon.
November: My goal was to workout 4 times per week. Not quite. I completed 3 each week.
December: Work out 4 times per week.
Weekly “date” night with hubby
November: One movie, game or date night per week in November. We got in one movie this month.
December: This will be hard to fit in with the busyness of December. We may try for once this month and pick it up again in January.
Organize, Declutter, Simplify
November: My goal was to do 4 small non-maintenance cleaning or decluttering tasks per week. This did not happen. Usually blogging about my goals helps to hold me accountable and forces me to at least attempt the goals I write about. I didn’t even start. I think one of the reasons was that I didn’t write it down and track how I was doing. I also prioritized different things this month and I am OK with that.
December: No goal. Start again in January.
November: Homeschool preschool for my girl. I wanted to have the week’s plan in place every Sunday night. I use the term “week’s plan” loosely here, as I have a relaxed agenda. I did not do a good job planning the week on Sunday, which made some of school go on the back-burner. We still did most of our activities, but I can tell that taking even a few minutes to plan the week helps.
December: I need to get back into planning the week on Sunday. I record my exercise and that helps, so I think I need to get back to recording how I am doing on my goals.
November: My goal was to try and spend time outside each week as winter is coming. We had a warm November and were able to spend plenty of time outside. Our 4-year-old likes to run around our yard as if she is in a cross-country race. I love it and hope she is getting a passion for running!
December: Winter is here. Our 4-year-old is excited to show her little sister all that there is to do in the snow. I hope we are able to get out and play in the snow this month!
Other December Goals
Plan ahead and keep December a low-stress month. I do not enjoy the feeling of stress and overwhelm around Christmas. Frantically finishing up Christmas shopping and having chaotic days leading up to Christmas drives me nuts. I have found that planning ahead and staying organized helps. I want to keep our schedule slow enough and to-do lists less overwhelming so we can enjoy the season and focus on celebrating our Savior’s birth.
Here is a Christmas Planner to check out if you want to do the same. I hope it helps you to plan ahead, get organized, stay under budget, enjoy your traditions and create memories with your family. I cannot promise you a stress-free holiday season, but I hope this helps.
November: I opened up an Etsy shop! It is a long ways from what I would like it to be, but it’s a start.
December: Add 6 items to the Etsy shop.
November Blog Goals
- I would like to set weekly goals on my new project. ~ Partially complete.
- Send weekly updates to newsletter subscribers. I decided to not blog about my new project as I am unsure how it will all play out. I will be sending my subscribers weekly updates on the project. ~ Done!
- Include weekly printables from my InDesign experimentation in the weekly update. Sign up to follow along and get the weekly printable. ~ Done. I have enjoyed creating a free printable to send out to my subscribers each week. I sent out the December calendar last week.
- Plan out a loose blogging/editorial calendar for November and December. ~ This is complete for December. It feels great to have somewhat of a plan going into December.
December Blog Goals
- Stick with December editorial calendar. It’s hard to find writing time when I am trying to learn InDesign, but I have a few drafts sitting around that will help me actually have posts out in December.
- Send weekly updates to newsletter subscribers.
- Include weekly printables from my InDesign experimentation in the weekly update. Sign up to follow along and get the weekly printable.
- Plan out a tentative blogging/editorial calendar for January.
Do you make monthly goals? Feel free to link to your December goals in a comment. I enjoy reading goal lists. I find encouragement hearing what others are desiring to focus on.
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