My Monthly 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:

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Sleep

March: My goal was to be in bed for 7 hours at least 5 nights of the week. I hit this goal a little too much. I just needed more sleep this month. There were mornings that I was not up before my girls and I missed my morning alone time!

April: I want to continue to be in bed for 7 hours each night, but try to be up before my girls. If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources: Sleep It Does a Family Good and Make Over Your Mornings.

Exercise

March: Workout 3-4 times per week and complete the 30-Day Pilates Body Challenge as part of my March Mini Goal. I completed my cardio at least 3 times each week. I completed most days of the 30 days of pilates, but often skipped it on my cardio days. 

April: Cardio 3-4 times per week and finish the 30-Day Pilates Body workouts I did not complete in March.

Weekly “date” night with hubby

March: One movie, game or date night per week. We did this most of the weeks, if you count watching March Madness basketball?

April: Continue one movie, game or date night per week. We have been using VidAngel to watch movies at home. It’s just $1 per movie, we don’t have to leave the house to find a Red Box, and it’s not a subscription service. We have watched well over 10 movies with it and are happy with how easy and cheap it is. I wrote a post about VidAngel if you are curious how it works.

Monthly outing with our family

March: We met the cousins at a waterpark for a few days. It was the greatest time!

April: Plan one fun activity for the four of us in March.

Habit from my 12 Mini Goal Challenge

March: I didn’t complete all 30 days of the 30-Day Pilates Body Challenge (my March Mini Goal). I fit it in most days and will finish up the uncompleted workouts in April. Less evening snacking wasn’t even on my radar in March…

April: Complete my April goal of clearing my kitchen counters each evening. I am looking forward to waking up to a welcoming, clutter-free kitchen. Bonus points if I can complete this for my kitchen table too. Read more about my 12 Mini-Goals Challenge.

Faith

March: Read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning. This daily devotional includes two readings from the New Testament, a short reflection, a portion of the Psalms and a thoughts for prayer section. I enjoyed reading this devotion every morning. I have spent the last year or so changing up my daily devotion and I liked just having one that I go to every morning.

April: Continue to read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning.

Morning devotion with my girls

March: In February, I read a bible story to my girls at breakfast each morning. We all loved it and I wanted to continue to do this in March. I am disappointed that I got lazy on this goal and stopped reading the last half of March.

April: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. We are currently reading First Bible Stories

Books

March: I wanted to finish Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women. I have a few chapters to go on this important book. You need to pick this book up if you have daughters.

I also read and enjoyed Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected.

April: Finish Bringing Up Girls: Practical Advice and Encouragement for Those Shaping the Next Generation of Women and read another book. I may move to a fiction book this month. I am considering Me Before You. Have you read it? Suggestions?

Girls

April: I can get lazy on going outside as I wait for the warm weather. My girls love playing in the backyard or at the park, so I need to get the girls playing outside at least twice per week.

Home

March: My goal was to have a weekly decluttering session at home. – NOPE. I switched gears and this was not a priority this month.

April: My home goal is to keep the kitchen counters clear

Taxes

March: I enjoy doing my taxes. :) I will have to do research on how blogging income will come into play. – Almost done. 

April: This obviously needs to be completed in April.

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March Blog Goals

  • I joined Her View From Home as a contributor in March. You can read my first post as a contributor here.
  • Publish “How to Start a Blog” post. – DONE! Read the step-by-step guide to setting up a WordPress blog. If you are considering starting a blog, I hope you find it helpful!
  • Update Spring Cleaning Printable from last year. – DONE. Here is the updated Spring Cleaning Printable.
  • Clean up the categories/navigation bar on my blog. – I didn’t get around to this.
  • Research blogging income and taxes. – DONE.
  • Set aside time to plan next printable workbook. – Nope.
  • For one week in March: record how blogging time in spent. – Nope. 
  • Work ahead and plan out the 12 Mini-Goals Challenge for April. I would also like to map out a tentative plan for the rest of the year. – I am excited about my Mini-Goal for April, but I didn’t get around to planning out the rest of the year.
  • Increase page views from February. – Yes, there was a small increase.

April Blog Goals

  • Create one new printable.
  • Clean up the categories/navigation bar on my blog. 
  • Look into setting up banner ads and other services through Passionfruit Ads. Have you done this? I would welcome any advice if you have.
  • Figure out newsletter plan. I am approaching the maximum subscribers for a free account through Mailchimp. I have to figure out if I’m going to clean up my list or upgrade.
  • Look into using Boardbooster for Pinterest.
  • Work ahead and plan out the 12 Mini-Goals Challenge for May.
  • Keep page views consistent with March’s page views.

If you are looking for guidance on setting goals. Crystal from Money Saving Mom is offering a 4-week goal setting course called Make Over Your Year. She is also the creator of Make Over Your Mornings, a course I found so helpful!

Make Over Your Year. A goal-setting course.

Do you make goals? I am now co-hosting a monthly goals linkup. Come back on the first Wednesday of each month (April 6) to link up your most recent goal post! I find encouragement hearing what others are desiring to focus on and look forward to reading about your goals.

Monthly Goals - February. Stop by to link up your goals post on the first Wednesday of each month...With Grit and Grace...a monthly goals linkup

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39 comments on “Monthly Goals – April”

  1. I like your sleep goal, I should add that to my goal. Too much to do, not enough time. We’re gonna have to implement a date night when hubby returns, this separation is definitely not easy. Thanks for linking up! :)

  2. I am with you on the kitchen counters. I feel less irritable in the mornings if I don’t have to battle my way to the coffee maker. And I slept in a little this past month too, when I was sick. It really made me appreciate my “me time in the mornings.

  3. Sleep. I miss that word and that…. If I get more then 4 hours a night I am GOLDEN! Ha… and I love your goals for April goals! I am hoping to do better this coming month.

    • Now that we started with VidAngel, we haven’t turned back to Redbox once! It is nice to decide to watch a movie and start it within a few minutes instead of having to get in the car and go pick it up.

      Let me know what you think if you try it. Thank you for stopping by today, Tricia!

  4. I still love your accountability with your goal setting. I also love that you do your devotionals with your girls in the morning. I don’t know why but this is a revelation to me! We read at night, but I love this way to start the day when they are fresh and engaged.

    • As long as I read as soon as they start eating, they are very engaged. If I wait too long, my 2-year old does get a little antsy.

      Let me know if you try it!

  5. I love the kitchen counter idea; I’m going to have to try that one. I haven’t heard anyone mention Passion Fruit in awhile.

  6. These are great goals and I love the way you have them laid out! Thank you for sharing them at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

  7. I really resonate with your kitchen goals. I try and have a clean kitchen to wake up to every morning…but some nights I just can’t. Way to go on your goals. Keep it up.

  8. We had similar posts this morning- goals:) Ahhh..I love setting goals- and putting it out there on the blog makes me so much more accountable to them. Your blog is so inspirational- thanks for a great post. I’m looking forward to reading about blog income and taxes- something that has been on my mind for some time now. :)

  9. I love the idea of recapping and evaluating each month! Often I do set goals, but rarely do I evaluate and hold myself accountable. Looking forward to checking out your link up on Wednesday!

    • I find that writing them down helps. I track my progress on a printable calendar that I make each month. If I don’t write the goals down where I can see them, I can easily forget about them!

  10. I love monthly goals posts! I love seeing what other people hoped to accomplish and what they are planning for the next month. It is so motivating! Good Luck!!

  11. I love that you had a daily devotional with your girls. I was doing this at night and kind of slacked off after the time change because my little ones were just too tired. Do you have any devotional books for small kids you love? We finised Jesus Calling the kids bible version!

  12. So enjoyed reading through your goals and seeing your progress! I am interested in the devotional book you’re using; I’ve been doing She Reads Truth so far this year, but I like the way the book you mention is set up.

    Setting monthly goals is something I post about monthly as well, so I’ll be back tomorrow to post mine on the link up!

    • I recommend checking out the devotional. I am enjoying it! I have never read a devotional that reads through portions of the Bible like this one and I’m happy I found it.

      I’m looking forward to checking out your goals tomorrow!

  13. I love goals! I am just starting to work on a goal list to accomplish before I turn 30 in one year! So we shall see how it goes. How encouraging to read your updates!

  14. I like your kitchen counter goal for your home. I have an island and it always is cluttered full of stuff. Thanks for holding a great link up.

  15. Great job with your goals, congrats on almost hitting your mailchimp subscriber limit and increasing pv from Feb to march. And Me Before You? Yes! Read it …with lots of kleenex mearby. With a spring break trip and my infusion that knocks me out, i haven’t gotten my april goals up yet!Thanks for sharing with Small Victories Sunday Linkup. Pinned to our linkup board.

  16. I read Dobson’s books while raising my girls. He use to be my go-to on parenting and marriage. Glad to see parents are still reading him today.

    • I have no idea if other parents are still reading Dobson, but they should! My parents read many of his books and recommended them to me.

  17. Congratulations on almost hitting your Mailchimp subscriber limit. When I get to that level, I may have to consider either staying with Mailchimp or importing over to Aweber.

  18. I love reading other people’s goals! I find it fascinating! It makes me feel that I am not alone when I set my goals too! I am going to look at your pilates challenge this sounds like fun! Thank you for sharing on Monday Madness link party! Hope to see you there next week too!

  19. Thanks for sharing your goals on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. I need to work on some monthly outings. Great idea!

  20. I like sharing my goals as well because it keeps me accountable, however, I am horrible at updating my progress. Maybe I should make it a monthly post.

    Secondly, I have tried passionfruit ads before and just didn’t have much luck with them, I hope you have better luck than me.

    Lastly, I need to work on keeping my counters clean as well. I am great at cleaning them off at the beginning of the month, but by the end of the month it’s cluttered again.

    Good luck!

  21. You did great work on your March goals – congrats! I’ve been considering the Make Over Your Mornings course. The more I hear people rave about it, the more I’m leaning towards purchasing it! Thanks for linking up with Gratitude & Goals.

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