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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
Record my wake-up & bedtimes
June: I enjoy the morning time when I am up before my girls, so I wanted to get back to my 6 AM wake-up. Creating an early morning wake-up habit was partially my inspiration for starting this blog. (Read my Early Morning Summary here.)
One of my June goals was to complete the online course called Make Over Your Mornings. I went through the entire course and found it helpful. I enjoyed getting up every morning to watch the quick video and go through the workbook. I completed most of the tasks, but still have a few items left to complete (like long-term goals…I have no idea what that looks like). I plan on going through the course again at a later date to spend more time on some of the action items.
Sleep It Does a Family Good was recommended as an additional resource in the Make Over Your Mornings course. The book hits it hard when listing the many reasons that sleep is so important. (My brain is aging faster because I do not make sleep a priority?!? Yikes!)
July: Instead of setting a wake up and bedtime goal, I have considered setting a goal with the number of hours I would like to sleep each night. If I have to set my alarm for later than 6 AM due to going to bed late, I could potentially miss my alone time before the girls wake up. I am hoping that would be motivation enough to get to bed at a decent time. Realistically I don’t think I could do this all month.
My goal is to make myself get 7 hours of sleep each night for one week during the month of July. I am hoping that it will feel so wonderful that I want to continue for longer than a week…
June: I’m getting better at shutting the computer off earlier. I have wanted to make more time in my evening for reading. It’s key for me to shut my computer down early if I want to read. As a bonus, it’s much easier to fall asleep when I have spent the last half hour of my evening reading a book instead of being on the computer.
July: My goal is 11:00. During the week that I shoot for 7 hours of sleep, I will have to move this earlier. Let’s see if I actually do that. ;)
June: I continued to read from my NIV Mom’s Devotional Bible* or another devotional. My goal was to read my devotion first thing in the morning at least 5 days a week. I did this in June. It’s the perfect way to get my morning started off right!
July: Read my devotion first thing in the morning at least 5 days a week.
June: My goal was to read 2 books. Done. I completed 3 books.
I read The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard. I followed Kara’s blog towards the end of her struggle with cancer and am glad that I picked up her book. She shares a vivid and honest account of her journey. She is an amazing witness of faith. She found her hope in her Savior and His great love for her and her family.
Real Life on a Budget: 17 Practical Challenges to Live and Thrive on a Budget was just released today. I always enjoy reading Jessi’s blog at The Budget Mama. I was able to read the book before its release and think it’s a great resource.
Real Life on a Budget is a sensible, realistic and encouraging guide to living and thriving on a budget. The 17 practical challenges clearly break the process down. Jessi uses her past experiences to guide you towards making your own wise financial decisions. She helps you find solutions to the possible roadblocks you may come across. The book showed me that even while I feel like I have made fairly good financial decisions in the past, I have room to grow! Real Life on a Budget will help you on the road towards financial success regardless of whether you have been budgeting for years or if you are just looking to start.
Sleep It Does a Family Good I must admit I skimmed the book more than reading every word. I have heard much of the information in the book already. I just made myself read the book to help encourage (or force) myself to make sleep more of a priority. It might be working as I have made changes to my sleep since starting the book.
July: Read 2 books from my Summer Reading List
June: I met my cardio (running or elliptical) goal every week, but fell short on doing burpees, core work, or pilates/yoga video on non-cardio days. I enjoyed taking my girls for walks in the jogging stroller. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend a beautiful summer morning! If we include a stop at the library or park, they are typically willing riders for a couple miles.
July: Cardio (running or elliptical) – 3 days per week at minimum. Run twice per week. Decide on whether or not I will be signing up for a fall running road race.
Weekly “date” night with hubby
June: My goal was one movie, game or date night in June. Twice! We rented two movies in June. One lame and one good. If you are a runner and appreciate the sport of cross-country I recommend watching McFarland, USA.
July: One movie, game or date night in July.
Organize, Declutter, Simplify
June: My goal was to pack up & drop off at least 2 bags of clothing and such at Goodwill. I also wanted to list 5 more items on ebay. I listed about 7-8 items on ebay and sold 2, but I did not gather up 2 bags of clothing for Goodwill.
July: Pack up & drop off at least 2 bags of clothing and such at Goodwill. Find a few more items to list on ebay or sell on Twice.
June: Our garden didn’t thrive last summer, so I want to stay on top of it this year. Gardening is still fairly new to me so I want to take the time to research how best to tend the garden.
July: I am staying more on top of it and our garden is thriving so far. Continue in July.
Make Over Your Mornings
June: I completed the Make Over Your Mornings course. I also led a Facebook Accountability group through the course.
July: No goal.
New July Goals
- Celebrate daughter’s 4th birthday!
- I am not going to add more goals in July. I want to make sure the girls and I have plenty of time to enjoy summer outdoors.
Do you make monthly goals? Feel free to link to your July goals in a comment. I enjoy reading goal lists. I find encouragement hearing what others are desiring to focus on.