My Goals…I cannot imagine why anyone else would want to read about my goals. (How is that for an introductory sentence that will rope you into reading…) But I do find myself enjoying reading goal lists. I find encouragement hearing what others are desiring to focus on. It gives me ideas for something new I want to try. It helps me reflect on my goals and desires.
Goals are great to help me remain focused. Sharing the goals here will help to hold me accountable. It may motivate you to consider setting your own goals?
In One Simple Task to Help You Follow Through On Your Goals I mention that writing it down is key to following through. If I don’t write it down, it often won’t get done. Aside from reading daily to my daughter and reading through the book of Proverbs, I did not set any goals for the month of January. Not a big deal. I don’t think there is anything magical about setting life-changing goals as of the first of the year. But…I’m ready to get back into in for February!
Record kiddo bedtime. Goal: 7:45. We have been dealing with major 3 year-old meltdowns. Some of this is due to her just being tired. I feel responsible that we need to work on this! We are better than we used to be, but I want to focus on getting her to bed earlier. I have a feeling that this will help with any current behavior issues. Goal time is 7:45 for 2 weeks, then we will reevaluate.
Record wake-up and bedtimes again. I was doing this in December when I started my early morning waking habit. I stopped writing this down as I was waking up early with no issues, but my bedtime slowly started moving back to midnight. And now I’m tired! The goal is to move my wake-up time to 5:30 at some point, but that cannot happen if I continue to go to bed too late.
Computer Shut-Down. Computer needs to be off at 10:30 5 days per week. (It’s 11:30 as I write this…but it’s still January! So I’m OK.)
Make Top 3 Morning Tasks list each evening. I’m much more efficient with my time if I wake up knowing what I want to get done before the girls get up. If you want to join me on this one, feel free to use My Daily Planner 2015 to write down your list.
God’s Word. Read one chapter per day in: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. This is only 20 chapters, so I will have to add another book or two towards the end of February. I realize that one chapter per day is not a lot. I desire to get better at studying God’s Word, not just quick reading the chapter and retaining little.
Books. Finish The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You (to be released February 17). Read one book. I’m considering Peace Like a River.
Screen Time. I’m a rockstar with limiting this for my girls. I’m terrible with it for myself. So while my three year old has little (or practically NO) screen time, I’m a poor example. Often it may just be a 30 second check on my phone (or sometimes way longer), but I don’t think that it’s necessary to be obsessed with checking my phone so often. So I will record how many hour windows I can go without checking my phone or computer.
Exercise. Cardio (running or elliptical) – 3 days per week at minimum. Burpees – On non-cardio days, do 40 burpees. (Read here how burpees helped me get back into a fitness routine.)
Drink 64 ounces of water. Since starting the blog, I spend more time on the computer at naptime. I typically make a second pot of coffee around 2 PM. The more coffee I drink, the less water I drink.
One-on-one outing/time with each girl. Once during the month of February.
Weekly “Date” night with hubby. Going out once per week isn’t realistic, but we can be more intentional and have a movie night or game night each weekend. (Game of choice: typically cribbage. We have a tally of who wins going back to the dating days.)
Enjoy more outdoor time. Minnesota is COLD. Bundling the girls up in the winter always feels like so much work, but the outdoor time is great for everyone. I want to make sure the girls get out to play once a week in February. (Here is hoping that we don’t have any weeks below zero!)
Blog Goals. Getting better at planning ahead and scheduling out posts. Focus on content. Improve categorization and improve site navigation.
I wish I could just make a quick bullet list. I don’t know why I feel the need to expand. When I talk, I have no problem being brief…not so much when I’m writing!
Now onto the fun part…making a spreadsheet to track my goals and progress.
Do you make monthly goals? Feel free to link to your goals in a comment. I would love to read them!
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