I am big on goal setting. I try to have long-term and short-term personal goals. As a family, we also set family goals. It is important to understand that our goals are just that, something to shoot for. I tailor most of my decisions based on what I want to achieve. I have to stop and ask myself sometimes “is what I am doing right now helping me achieve one of my goals?” Having the answer be “no” is fine sometimes. However, if I want to achieve my goals, I have to be diligent about doing what is needed to reach them.
I highly recommend reading Tell Your Time by Amy Andrews. Her book helped me organize my priorities, roles, and goals. It is a time management book, so ultimately it helped me realize that I can’t do it all. I have to prioritize and set my goals based on what is priority, then fill my day with what will help me achieve my goals. Tell Your Time is a great, easy read and workbook.
Everyone has heard about SMART goals. Here is a quick reminder.
Specific Measurable Attainable Relevant Time bound
So, here are my goals for 2013. I will be checking in periodically to update you on how it is going. I would love to hear what your goals are.
1 weekly family outing
Weekly menu planning at least 2x a month
3 family weekend getaways
1 date night with Ryan every other month
2 play dates for Ellie each month (in addition to her scheduled activities)
Find a new way to appreciate Ryan each month (I will let you know what I find)
Organize a family move cross country for September
Tithe 10% every month
Put at least 10% into retirement savings
Increase home down payment savings by 50% by the end of the year
Save to pay cash for all Christmas gift giving, including charity gifts (we need a budget first)
Blog at least 3x a week
Do at least 1 original post each week
Make 30 pacifier clips a month (currently selling locally, on etsy site soon)
Try 1 new recipe each month
Try 1 new craft project each month
Introduce 2 new products on my Etsy site by end of year
Read 1 new book each month
Get together with friends (without Ellie) 2x a month (this is a hard one)
Have 1 date with self each month
Ryan says my goals are very ambitious. I’ll let you know how I am doing with them. What are your goals?