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? Give it a try! Start small if it seems overwhelming or like too much work. Or maybe it seems pointless to you? Give it a shot and see what you think.
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
August: My goal was to be in bed for 7 hours most nights of the week. I am getting so much better! I have finally figured out that I need to make sleep more of a priority. Yes, I still forget some nights…but I am much better than I used to be.
It helps that I now often force myself to adjust my alarm clock depending on my bedtime. I know that if I have to set my alarm for later than 6 AM due to going to bed late, I will miss my alone time before the girls wake up. Some days this is enough motivation to get to bed at a decent time.
If you have trouble making sleep a priority, check out these resources:
- Sleep It Does a Family Good
- Make Over Your Mornings
- 4 Essential Habits of Healthy Families Free eCourse (Habit 1 focuses on sleep!)
September: I am still keeping this on my goal list. I am trying to be in bed for 7 hours most nights of the week. I was shooting for 11:00 – 6:00 in August, but it ended up closer to 11:30 – 6:30 many nights. My girls are starting to get up earlier, so I would like to try to move my nights to 11:00 – 6:00.
August: My goal was 10:30. I was turning the computer off between 10 and 10:30 most nights. It’s much easier to wind down and fall asleep if I have time to read before bed.
September: No goal.
August: My goal was to read my devotion first thing in the morning at least 5 days a week. I now have decided against reading my devotion first thing. When reading within a few minutes of waking up I was too groggy to understand what I was reading. I would have to read the same sentence over and over because I was too tired to understand it! Now I make my coffee and either check my e-mail or unload the dishwasher while it is brewing. Being awake for a few extra minutes (and having coffee!!) helps me to be more awake while reading. The goal is NOT just to make it through and check it off my list. I want to start my day refreshed from His Word!
I continued to read from my NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible* or another devotional. I also completed a book on the Proverbs 31 Woman. I read the devotion from the First 5 app a few mornings. I liked it but it will probably be not be my go-to every morning.
September: I feel like I am in a good habit with this one. No goal in September.
July: Read 1 book. I didn’t get to a book from my Summer Reading List, but still read a few books.
For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards I enjoyed much of this book, but didn’t love everything about it. Here is my review!
The Busy Mom’s Guide to Teaching Character. The resource section at the end gave me a few great ideas for preschool for my 4 year old.
This book was part of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. The Bundle is not currently available. Sign up to be notified when Bundles become available. There are occasional flash sales, so I will let you know if the Homemaking Bundle becomes available again. :)
Putting God First: How to Make God the #1 Priority in Every Area of Your Life. I was able to read this book prior to its release and I highly recommend! The official release is Monday, August 31. Read my post about Putting God First here.
I also read The Proverbs 31 Woman One Virtue at a Time (free eBook).
September: Read 1 book.
August: Cardio (running or elliptical) – I increased this to 4 days per week at minimum. I was planning on running a 10 mile race this fall and wanted to run at least three times per week.
I worked out 3 times most weeks, so I was short of my cardio goal. When figuring out my training plan, I realized that it would be better to sign up for a 10K (6.2 miles). I would not have enough opportunity to train like I wanted to for a full 10 miles. I can get competitive with myself when it comes to running. I decided that I wanted to run a time I was excited about instead of just run the race to finish it. Due to my husband’s crazy schedule right now, training for a 10 mile race isn’t doable. I wasn’t willing to do all my training miles pushing both girls in the jogging stroller. That is so much weight to push when trying to run at a decent pace!
September: Run at least 3 times per week, preferably 4. Continue with my training plan until the 10K on September 27.
Weekly “date” night with hubby
August: One movie, game or date night in August. We had a birthday date involving Thai food and a walk around the lakes.
September: One movie, game or date night in September. I am hoping that the busy season he is in is done soon, so we can hang out a little more!
August: I am excited that we finally had success with our tomatoes this year. We have been making so much salsa!
We also split a CSA this summer and I am enjoying the fresh veggies we get every week. It’s forcing me to come up with new fresh recipes for dinner, but I occasionally get lazy and toss a vegetable I don’t want to use. I would like to try and not waste any of them. I am not excited about the eggplant that is currently on my counter. I just finished baking a coffee cake because that sounded more enjoyable than figuring out what to do with the eggplant…
September: Don’t waste the CSA vegetables.
Other August Goals
- Plan for the fall session of my church’s mom group. ~ I have done what I need to so far…Continue in September.
- Figure out fall “school” plan. ~ We decided not to send our 4 year old to preschool and send her to one day of ECFE (Early Childhood Family Education) instead. Now I need to make a plan for a little preschool at home!
- Keep up with Diana Kerr’s Summer Accountability Sisterhood (registration is now closed). I won a scholarship to this group and am excited to be a part of it. ~ This group is wrapping up and I have enjoyed getting the opportunity to be a part of it.
- Enjoy the last month of summer!! Done!
New September Goals
- Make a plan for a little preschool at home. There are so many great resources online. I would like to make use of a few of them and make a plan for a little homeschool preschool of sorts. I think it will be best for me if I find a plan and make a schedule for us. I would like to have a plan in place by mid-September.
- Enjoy the outdoors before it starts to get even chillier. We have had cool days in August and I am not ready for fall!
August Blog Goals
- Focus on managing blog/work time. When I started blogging, I soon found out that there are so many ways to be busy with blog work. Some days I have limited or no time on the computer, which is fine because I spend my days with two darling girls! As I thought of my blog/work goals it became apparent that I need to make sure my time on the computer is focused and in line with my goals. I started making changes in July and want to continue to do so in August. ~ Work in progress. Continue in September. I have considered blogging about this topic, but don’t want to bore my non-blogger readers. We shall see how that plays out. ;)
- Virtual Assistant Research – I started some Virtual Assistant work in July and need to work out details with invoicing and such. ~ Done. I am enjoying the extra projects I am working on.
September Blog Goals
- I am considering joining #write31Days. It is an online challenge where bloggers pick a topic and write a post every day in October. I go back and forth on whether or not I want to try. I am not going to be able to revolve my days around getting a post out every day! If I do decide to do it, I would need to create an outline of daily blog topics in September. My goal is to decide whether or not to do it and then write an outline if I decide to give it a try. If you are a blogger: Have you ever done this?
Do you make monthly goals? Feel free to link to your September goals in a comment. I enjoy reading goal lists. I find encouragement hearing what others are desiring to focus on.
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