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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:
- 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
August: My goal was to wake up at 6:30 each morning. I met this goal 50% of the month.
September: The third trimester of pregnancy is NOT the best time for sleep, but because my girl is going to kindergarten this fall I don’t have much of a choice to get up earlier most mornings.
I am not used to getting my girls out the door early in the morning, so the schedule change isn’t easy on me. Our mornings will go much smoother and attitudes will be better if my kindergartner doesn’t feel rushed. I spent the last portion of August trying to set our schedules earlier and so I want to continue that. In September I want to focus on going to bed early so the mornings aren’t too rough. (If you have any tips on how to get better sleep during the third trimester, please share in the comments!! I am tired and could use a few tips.)
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these helpful resources:
- Sleep It Does a Family Good
- Make Over Your Mornings
- How to Create a Morning Routine (includes printable worksheets that I created)
- Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings
August: Cardio 3-4 times per week. Try to walk outside at least once per week. DONE. I feel so much better when I continue to workout while pregnant!
September: Cardio 3-4 times per week. Try to walk at least once per week. Do you need tips on getting exercise into your daily life?
Weekly “date” night with hubby
August: One movie, game or date night per week. We had more TV date-nights than we do in a full year. The reason? The Olympics. We also had a nice birthday dinner and walk around the lakes in August. And an evening of Bananagrams. Does mini-van shopping also count as a date?
September: Continue one movie, game or date night per week.
Monthly outing with our family
August: Plan one fun activity for the four of us in August. We got in a cabin trip.
September: Plan one fun activity for the four of us.
Habit from my 12 Mini Goal Challenge
August: I know the importance of reading to children and reading has been key to my girls’ lives. We spend so much time with books. They love having books read to them and also enjoy looking through and “reading” books themselves. I am realizing that during the summer months we occasionally have days where reading is not a priority. In August my goal was to read daily to my girls and track the time. I didn’t end up tracking the books read for the entire month, but just choosing to be more aware of the amount I was reading was enough to increase our reading time in August.
September: Abiding by the school schedule is a big change for us. I know that I will need to manage my schedule much differently as I am not used to getting my girls out the door early in the morning. I will miss out on much of my morning alone/blogging time and I will have to be much more strict about bedtimes and morning routines. I will need to stop fitting in that One Last Thing that can make me late.
In September I am focusing on planning my morning and evening schedules out until I get a handle on our new school routine. If you need help managing your morning and evening schedules, get the printable schedule here:
Read more about my 12 Mini-Goals Challenge.
August: 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.
While I know the importance of starting my day in God’s Word, the third-trimester tiredness is getting the best of me. I got behind in August.
September: Continue to read Daily Devotional New Testament: Through the New Testament in a Year every morning.
Morning devotion with my girls
August: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast each morning. Great for the first half of August. Failed during the last half of August.
September: Read a daily devotion or bible story with my girls at breakfast (on non-school days). I wrote more about this new morning routine here.
August: I finished Gone South, but didn’t end up reading anything else. Who can read when the Olympic is on?? I cannot.
September: No goal. I have so many magazines around the house, I just may try to catch up on reading them.
- Plan mom’s group at church – Mostly done.
- Backup pictures on my computer – No.
- With a baby due this fall…get a bigger car – Yes!
September: Because of the eBook launch and spending more time than usual on sponsored posts, I have neglected a few things around the home. I would like to get more organized (declutter!) around the house and get a few things sorted and rearranged for the new baby.
August Blog Goals
- Launch eBook/workbook in August! Done! Check it out here: Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings
- Set up automated sequence for eBook purchasers within Mailchimp. – Nope.
- Research details on accountability group for anyone who purchases eBook in August. – Facebook group is set up for September. If you still want to join, get the eBook and I will e-mail you the details!
- Set up automated sequence for new subscribers within Mailchimp. – Nope.
- Complete set up for e-mail sequences for purchasers of the Travel Planner Printable and Health and Wellness Printable Planner. – Done.
- Work on two sponsored posts. – One is complete and includes a nature scavenger hunt printable. The other is almost complete.
September Blog Goals
- Run the September Accountability Group for Your Morning Manual: A Guide & Workbook for Resetting & Maximizing Your Mornings.
- Complete two more sponsored posts.
- Promote the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. I am so excited to have a product in the bundle this year! Sign up to get notified when the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is available.
- With a baby coming this fall, I know I will be spending little time on the computer with a newborn. I would like to work ahead to have a posting plan for October – December.
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