If you’ve been a consistent reader of my blog, you will know that I am trying to simplify and establish healthy habits for me and my household. You will also know that I’m not naturally prone to being consistent and sticking with routines.
While I do consistently write daily “to do” lists, I have never consistently written down goals for the week/month/year. Writing a daily “to do” list keeps me focused on my days off when I could potentially just read all day (like today).
When I have written down short and long-term goals, I have always been surprised at the power of writing it down on paper. There is a certain focus that happens when things are written down. #weeklygoals Click To Tweet
So I’m going to start writing weekly goals and checking in weekly here on the blog. Most of these goals I’m already trying to do and I’m just putting them down on paper to actually track how I’m doing.
- Continue to follow my 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan
- Pray for my husband and children using these prayer calendars
- Take 10 slow, deep breaths in the morning. Silent prayer and meditation.
- Exercise 5 days (running at least 2 of those days)
- Sleep at least 6 hours a night
- Write down 3 things I’m grateful daily
- Meal Plan dinner for the weeknights
- One mini decluttering project
- Work at least 15 minutes in the basement with hubby
- Family outing on Screen Free Sundays
- Post at least twice a week
- Finish writing pin descriptions on my old pins!
- Date night with hubby (where we actually go out of the house together…without kids)
- One on one outings with each son
We’ve tried doing weekly dates, but we’re finding monthly is more realistic for us, especially with each of us trying to do one on ones with our sons as well.
Do you write down weekly or monthly goals? Have you found it helpful?
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Daisy @ Simplicity Relished says
I love this, Angela! You know, I used to write monthly goals on my blog, but started to doubt that it was something I wanted to keep doing. But it dropping it from my blog, I dropped it from my life– I forgot to start writing it elsewhere just for me! I would definitely say that sleeping at a regular time each evening is one of my goals this month; as is exercising regularly! I also want to spend more quiet time in the morning not rushing, not planning, just being in the presence of God. So yes! I love YOUR goals and share many of them!
Thanks Daisy! And thanks for sharing some of your goals. I haven’t been great about writing goals down either and I’m hopeful that putting them on the blog will get me started and keep me consistent.
I love all these goals!! I’d never heard of the 5x5x5 Bible Reading Plan before. I like it!
Have you ever read Stormi O’Martian’s book, “The Power of the Praying Wife”? She has one for mothers too. It’s powerful.
The bible reading plan is so nice because if I have more time I can read more, but it’s so manageable that there is no excuse for me NOT to be in the word daily! I have read the book and really enjoyed it. It’s one that I passed on for someone else to discover and use in my massive book decluttering.
I am so bad about setting goals. I rarely do it, and when I do, I tend to forget about them.Thanks for the motivation to get started again!
Me too Abby! We can start again together! I’m not adding new goals – these are ones that I have for myself but have not written down
These are great goals! I started using a Passion Planner this year, which I lover, and have found it really helpful in keeping on track with daily, short-term, and long-term goals. Every morning, I spend 5 minutes or so with the planner, thinking about what I need to do, what I want to do, and how those help me reach my long-term goals. It’s been very helpful for me.
Cathy Chester says
I think it’s not coincidental that I read your post. I joined a group focusing on realizing goals you’ve been avoiding. Then I read another blog about reaching clarity. Now this. Do you think it’s telling me something? I do!
I love your goal setting because they are simple yet attainable goals. Running twice a week? I am in awe. Thanks so much for this wonderful post.
Hi Cathy! It does seem like all signs are pointing to working on goals! I’m all about simple and attainable.
Katy Kozee says
I love the idea of writing down the goals to keep yourself accountable. I’m terrible at doing that – I tend to keep them in my head and you know how that goes. Telling others is an even better idea.
I just found your blog today and love it! I’m going to browse around a bit and check it out!
Thank you Katy! Yes, I find that there is way too much in my head rolling around to stay focused. I need to write it down!
Alexandra @ My Urban Family says
I love this! I have a to-do list that half serves as goals as well for the month. But no one sees it but me so there isn’t too much stopping those goals from flowing into the next month. Blogging about it would certainly help!
Hi Alexandra! I don’t know if I would write them down if I didn’t blog about it.
those goals are very impressive – I love how you have them categorized and they are short and sweet – hope you are successful in meeting them all!
Thank you Leanne!
I love this blog post! I can not agree with you more… I do pretty the same thing as you suggest because it seems like the only way I can get things done. I have family, business, and self care goals and I balance them by the “to do list” . I do need to follow your lead and add “decluttering” and “spiritual” goals though. Shared this!
Thanks Erica! I’m pretty sure this will help me stay focused as well!
if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should consider the book the compound effect by Darren hardy. I started it about a year ago when I was working to get a hold on my life and better establish goal setting habits and it was so good! I try really hard to live my life with intention and building a habit of writing my goals down has been so great for that. Each morning I write down my top three must dos for the day, and I’ve been amazed at how quickly I’ve been moving towards my big goals simply by taking the initiative to break them down a little. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Kylie! Thank you for sharing that book – I haven’t heard of it and will put it on my to read list! I think I’ll find a weekly list helpful in my intention and habit building . Thank you for reading and commenting!
I could spend all day playing Legos and never get anything done, so I recently posted some home improvement goals on my blog. I am writing the updated on how I did later today. I struggle with goals for two reasons. I never refer back to them. I write them down and that would be it. The second reason I struggle is that I set unrealistic goals. Which I will be writing about today since I shot for the moon and did not even leave the atmosphere. I am hoping that the blog with keep me accountable.
Me too Rebecca! Blogging about my projects has helped me in so many ways. I’m all about keeping things very simple and achievable!
Christina @ Juggling Real Food and Real Life says
Hi Angela. Love the goals! I find that it’s so easy as a busy mom to let life run me. I love how setting goals allows me to be “intentional” and run my life as I want to live it. Thanks for the encouragement.
That is so true Christina. Unless something is written down I’m usually just wandering without intention
Janice Wald says
I liked your plan. My husband and I go out once a week together. #Smallvictories linkup Nice to meet you.
That’s great Janice! It is really important to get that 1:1 time
You are so right about the power of writing things Angela. I am a constant list writer and it’s a great feeling when you can tick things off. Like you, I mainly write daily to do lists but I think it’s a great idea to write down longer term goals as well. Updating Pinterest descriptions has been on my daily list for weeks! I found you through the Sundays Downunder link party. 🙂
Hi Tamuria! I’m so glad you dropped by! Yes, daily lists are great but longer term goals help focus in a completely different way
I check up my progress on my resolutions on a monthly basis.
It’s great for accountability.
I think monthly might be the way to go Debbie! I might have to change my timeframe!