It’s almost February – Got Goal?

Got Goal?Got Goal? It’s almost February, and I’m in the process of planning out my goals for next month.

Generally speaking, I achieve between 5 and 7 of my ten goals each month.  That’s WAY better than I’d do without any goals, so I figure I’m ahead.

(i know i didn’t get all my january goals met, the remodel isn’t done.  so i can’t put the house in order from the painter.  which means i can’t invite someone over for dinner.  and i can’t implement that meal plan i want to try until the painter is out of the kitchen.  ugh!)

And I’m inviting you to join me.

Got Goal?

If you don’t set monthly goals, I’m encouraging you to join in the fun.  I promise it’s easy.

It feels really good to set goals and accomplish them.

And it’s hard to feel guilty about doing something for myself when I wrote it down earlier in the month as a goal.  (sneaky, but true)

upcomingStep One – Big Stuff

Before I set my goals, I do actually check the calendar to see what is coming.   I’ve learned the hard way to look through TWO MONTHS.  That gives me time to see something big and looming and actually plan toward it as one of my goals.

I jot down holidays, appointments, and anything else I can think of.

This month, I’m glad I did.  It let me see that March is totally booked and that I need to make sure I’m completely caught up on household stuff at the end of February.

(Yes, I’m going to Blissdom in March!  I’m so excited!  Please tell me if you’re going so I can meet you in person! )

Jotting this stuff down also helps me when hubby and I sit down for a family budget meeting.   Baseball registration is going to run us over $200 (plus new equipment), and I’ve got a lot of travel expenses in March.

So… the “pocket money” for Blissdom has to get squeezed out of my grocery budget.  Good to know that BEFORE I start planning menus.

Step Two: The Ten List

february goalsThis is where I grab my list with the ten categories of stuff I set goals in.  I jot down a few ideas for each one (or whatever comes to mind) and move through the list really fast.

This takes me maybe ten minutes, including interruptions.

  1. Life skills for kids:  Not yelling!  Holding the door open instead of cutting in front of me.  (sounds like manners month to me)
  2. Good habits for me:
    1. Water > Wine (yes, i set a goal to drink more water than wine.)
    2. Take vitamins (something i’m struggling with)
    3. Hmmm… reading books?  exercise? a new vegetable?
  3. Big scary thing:  Ebook and Crochet Charity Project continue – good enough.
  4. Adventure and fun: We have a road trip this weekend and a ton of stuff in March.  I think February should be a close to home kind of month.   Need to do something for Valentine’s Day and then ONE day trip outing.
  5. Marriage:  Plan “big” event for 1st Kiss Day.   That man still takes my breath away.
  6. God:  Follow the reading plan I committed to.  Daily Quiet Time.   Continue.  (nothing new, just a reminder to continue my current commitments)
  7. House:  Priority One.  Must finish this remodel!  Also need to have some meals in the freezer for March Madness.
  8. Give back to the world: Continue secret project.
  9. Business:  Most of my business and blog goals have numbers in them.  I’d rather not go into exact details, but I generally have a goal for percentage growth in terms of Facebook and Twitter followers.   I also plan out any big themes and content I want to cover in my blog.  (February – great time for a story on how hubby and i met, and maybe room for a blind date horror story.)
  10. Just for me:  Haircut and pedi.  Period.  Non negotiable.  I also need to get three pairs of pants hemmed for Blissdom.  And maybe buy a new outfit including shoes.

Step Three:  Balance

I always take a step back and look at the big picture.  That’s when I see if I’m being reasonable or not.   Over time, I’ve learned to ask myself a few questions to keep me from going off the deep end.  (recall that i once tried to created hand-embossed dinner menus for Christmas dinner)

  • Do these goals fit with my values, priorities, beliefs and budget?  Will they please God and honor my husband?
  • Do I have at least three goals that I can accomplish without fail?
  • Do I have at least two goals that feel impossible?
  • What would my husband scratch off with a sharpie?
  • Is there anything on this list that is just to impress other people?  Will my family’s lives be better at the end of the month if I accomplish these goals?
  • Do these help me keep my resolutions?

Based on my questions, I’m re-thinking what I want the kids to learn this month.  Manners are great, and they really do fit in nicely with Valentine’s Day.  But I don’t think they’ll help me get the house whipped into shape.  I think it would be better to have them focus on helpfulness and keep training them on stuff like laundry, dishes, and trash.

(but… i’m jotting down the manners idea for a future goal.  i’m also jotting it down on the feb 2014 calendar page because i think i’d like to plan “manners month” for my family next year.)

I decided to push planting a spring garden into Spring Break.  I’ll make it fun.

I’m also going to keep my focus on healthy habits for myself pretty straight forward and simple.  This is NOT the month to add a new exercise routine or start a new diet.  I can tell it’s going to be filled with remodel stress and a tight budget.

February GoalsStep Four: Write it Down!

I do best if I put my goals in writing on actual paper.  I normally  use them each week when I write out my menu plan.

Because I’ve tied menu planning and goals together, I get prompted to review my goals on a weekly basis.  That gives me four (or maybe five) chances to get back on track for my goals.   It’s part of a weekly planning session that takes me about an hour, but that hour totally saves my sanity the rest of the week!

(you can see my progress and menu plan each week in my weekly newsletter.)

If you do digital scrapbooking, it’s fun to pop your goals into a scrapbook of their own.  This may keep you even more motivated.  Or not.

And that’s it.  I’m done.

I timed myself.  Ignoring the time it took me to type stuff and make it into artwork for you, it really did take me only about 10 minutes.


Got Goal?

I’d love to know if you have any goals set for February.  Or perhaps if you’ve accomplished a goal for January and want to celebrate it.  

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]


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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. This post was certainly timely! I was just thinking I need to go back and look at all my January “resolutions” (I have a hangup with admitting that I actually set goals). I really like your idea of looking 2 months ahead. I certainly feel your pain on the baseball money. Thankfully, we just have spring soccer to worry about funding.
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    • I learned the hard way to look 2 months ahead. It really helps to see the big stuff – like spring break. Now that I’ve been doing it awhile, it really doesn’t take very long. It does help to let go of perfectionist tendencies 🙂

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