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Well, folks, I’m back for the new year! I can’t promise I’ll remember to post regularly, but I’ll try to post when I can. I wanted so badly to post many of the projects and recipes we made last year but never got around to it. Life happened. I’m sure many of you other moms out there can identify.
I’m sure many of you are reading now about making new years goals and resolutions. I’m not one to try to jump on the bandwagon, but I’ve been making resolutions since before I was a teenager, and though I fail many years at accomplishing many of them, I’m going to continue to try again anyway; though this year, I’m looking at my resolutions more as goals. And I’m continuously working to establish the steps needed to accomplish them.
Here are my goals for this year:
For My Family:
– Spend 2 hours per month with each child
– Make devotions with Prince Charming a habit
– Make devotions with Rapunzel and Tinkerbell a habit
For My Health:
– Lose 52 pounds (I have a lot more to lose, but I figured if I shoot low then I’ll be more likely to achieve it…and if I lose more I’ll be thrilled!)
For My Career:
– Direct Sales: 12 parties per month, 5 guests per party, 1 recruit per year
– Church: Complete SEO on the website
– Read 2 Books
– Make devotions a daily habit
I have yet to make goals for my home, though I suppose this year, I’d like to finish scraping the paint off of our stairway railing and the porch.
I loved this free printable I used to record these goals! Unfortunately, I couldn’t seem to find the link from which it came. If you know who created it, please let me know so I can give them credit!
Along with these goals, I’ve adopted the concept of a word for the year, like many of the bloggers I follow. If you don’t know what that is, check out this website: http://oneword365.com/
I know I’m behind the times on this word, but this word feels right to me this year: INTENTIONAL
I want whatever I do this year to be intentional, thought out, purposeful. I don’t want to do life haphazardly anymore. I want to intentionally spend time with my kids, intentionally develop a better relationship with Christ, intentionally build a better marriage, and intentionally become a healthier woman. Please help me with this goal; if I seem to be falling off the wagon, feel free to remind me about what I’m saying now. I’ll need all the help I get!
What are your goals for this year? Have you picked a word?
I have to admit–earlier this week, I was seriously thinking about quitting the blog thing. I’m just not happy with my numbers–no non-spam comments, small number of views, etc. The problem with that is that I’m not in the habit of quitting things easily. I never have been. Well some things. Some things I quit pretty easily–like dieting. Exercising. Okay scratch that, maybe I quit about half of the things in my life, but that’s not the point.
Getting something started is even more difficult than keeping it going, though. There are always those excuses running through my head: “I can’t, because I don’t have time. I don’t have the money. I don’t have the energy. I’m not smart enough, beautiful enough…” The list could go on forever. You get the gist.
I can’t tell you how many times I thought I should just give up Thirty-One, because I don’t have the sales I want. Heck sometimes I want to quit parenting. (Who doesn’t?)
At the end of the day, the best laid plans don’t always work out. For instance, I lay out my schedule all nice and neat at the beginning of the week, but here I am on Thursday evening, and I haven’t put much work into my blog, I haven’t booked nearly enough parties or talked enough about recruiting. I haven’t done enough work for the church, and I haven’t done my filing. Or the ironing. Or finishing the laundry in general.
But that’s because I have two kids with ear infections. And one got bitten by the dog yesterday when she shut him in our teeny tiny bathroom (who wouldn’t be claustrophobic in there with the door closed???)…so one thing leads to another, and I’ve lost countless hours of time that I could have been doing “more important things”.
Instead, I was a parent. I sat with my little girl in the Emergency Room, stroked her hair, cleaned her wounds, gave her medicine, researched earache remedies (again), took temperatures, and got up in the middle of the night to snuggle.
So I suppose at the end of the day, it’s okay that I missed out on my business opportunities, my clean house, etc. Because I got to spend some much-needed time with my kids. There are so many more children out there who need that.
I skipped my goals for last week, so we’re going to try again this week. Here are my goals for this week. Wish me luck!
- Devotions each day
- Devotions with Prince Charming each day
- Help kids memorize their verse for Wednesday
- Daily prayers
- Call Grandpa
- Call Grammie
- Spend time with the kids
- Schoolwork with Rapunzel each day
- Remember Spring pictures on Thursday for Rapunzel
- Send invites for 3/24 party
- Follow-up with invitees for recruiting party
- Training video
- Complete at least one additional hour of training
- Book two more parties for March
- Close party
- Follow up with previous customers
- Process return
- Move inventory
- Meeting on Thursday
- Balance checkbook
- Taxes (YUCK)
- Scan pictures
- Exercise 3 times
- Drink 8 glasses of water per day
- Downstairs bathroom
- Upstairs bathroom
- Ironing (my favorite)
I’m scrambling to write these down, as I spent so much time working with the kids on Valentines and going through my email that now I’m chomping at the bit to get some other things done.
Anyway, I haven’t posted goals since I closed my last blog, but seeing as I just posted yesterday on goals…I should start sharing them. So here goes the goals for this week:
- Complete personal devotions every day
- Complete devotions with Prince Charming every day
- Spend 3 hours this week with each child (this is a lot for me, sadly enough)
- Do something nice for Prince Charming
- Call Mom
- Remember to help Rapunzel with homework every day this week (yes, sometimes I forget)
- Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday (woohoo)
- Maybe shopping with Christmas gift cards on Saturday with the girls? (yes, we are behind on this…)
- Finish Valentines with Tinkerbell and Rapunzel
- Drink 8 glasses of water each day
- Exercise 3 times this week
- Eat healthy 6 days this week
- Read 1 chapter of Bringing Up Girls
- Read 1 chapter of The Smart Stepmom
- Balance Checkbook
- Blog every day
- Book 2 more parties for the month of February (any takers?)
- Complete 1.5 hours of training
Now before you think I’ve gone off the deep end, some of these chores I will outsource (a.k.a. put the kids to work). Some really don’t take that long but should be done on a regular basis so I don’t have to spend a large chunk of time on them later (i.e. checkbook, ironing, filing). And with some of them I can multitask–like drinking water or eating healthy. I mean, I’d eat dinner anyway, right?
So bring it on, first week of February. I’m ready for you.
In the last year I’ve heard, read, and seen over and over again how important it is to set goals to reach your dreams.
Did you know that…
- People who regularly write down their goals earn 9 times more over their lifetimes than those who don’t
- 80% of Americans down’t write down their goals (are you part of that 80%?)
- 16% do have goals, but they don’t write them down
- Less than 4% do write down their goals
- Fewer than 1% actually review them on an ongoing basis. Guess which 1%?
I did some training last year that was very motivational for me, and it was based on the book Where Will You Be Five Years from Today? by Dan Zadra. Wonderful book. I would 100% recommend it.
Since then, I try (keyword: try) to continue to write down my goals and review them often. Now, I’m nowhere near perfect, but I get a lot more done when I do follow a plan. And what works for me even more is posting them where someone else can see them–then I’m forced to be accountable.
I’m sure many of you already have heard of SMART goals, but I think it bears repeating. When you set your goals, make sure they follow these guidelines:
- Specific – Being specific makes it more likely for you
to reach your goals. For instance, let’s say I want to run a race. I can’t train properly if I don’t know: how far I’m running (there’s a big difference between running a 5K and a marathon), and am I actually running or walking (I can’t train appropriately if I don’t know the intensity). These are just a few examples.
- Measurable – If you can’t measure your goal, you can’t accurately track how you’re doing? There are probably steps to get where you want to be. How do you know you are going to reach your goal if you can’t track it? This also helps you to adjust your method if what you’re currently doing isn’t working.
- Attainable – My dad always asked, “How do eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Why set a goal for yourself that is unattainable? You can set a goal for yourself to lose 10 pounds in one month, but then if you don’t you’re more likely to give up. Start small.
- Realistic – Let’s face it. I may want to win the lottery, but wanting it and planning for it really isn’t going to get me anywhere.
- Timely – Back to the race analogy…when I’m running the race, I need to know: am I running it tomorrow, next month, or next year? If you don’t know when you want to accomplish this goal, then you’ll continue putting it off. Set a time frame so you can accurately plan to accomplish this goal.
Right now I am using two goal sheets weekly to help me accomplish my short term goals (which will hopefully help me accomplish my long term goals. The first is the weekly goal planner by Jana Laurene. I use this to set my monthly goals (i.e. Lose 4 pounds) and weekly goals (i.e. Lose 1 pound, call 4 hostesses). This way I can better set my daily goals.
The other one I use is the daily schedule by Buttoned Up. I make one up for every day except Sunday (because that’s the day of rest). First I write down whatever is on the menu for that week, followed by appointments that are already set in stone (i.e. work, church, soccer). Then I can plan my time accordingly. By using this method, I spend less time wasting my time and energy and actually accomplish something during the week. If I plan too much time for one activity, I allow myself to waste some time or to get something else finished if I’m not sure I’ll be able to otherwise (like doing the dishes–YUCK!). If I have a chunk of open space, I don’t schedule it. Sometimes it’s good to be spontaneous or to just relax. I’ll use that time to read, spend time with the kids, go somewhere.
And believe it or not, I also schedule time to be with my kids and to spend time with Prince Charming. I’m the kind of person who will put off those kinds of things because they are “fun” to accomplish something that must be done, like cleaning the bathroom. Now I know my family gets the attention they need.
What goals will you set this year?