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03 April 2017

April Goals


Oh my my, life has been busy, to say the least. I didn't even bother with goals in March! I mean I meant to, I thought about them but I don't really know where March even went! So here we are on the 3rd of April. I can start this month off with some written goals.

House~Yikes, some of the same goals since January! Countertops, finish up cabinets, decide what we are going to do with the pantry. Outside is a whole other ball game! My main goal this month is to get the garden going, just SOMETHING, even if it's not beautiful and everything I want to plant. I also need to finish dealing with the trees that we had felled in the fall. I broke our chainsaw so it's been a slow process until we can get it fixed.

Financial~Only goal there is to recover from Disneyland trip!  No more eating out (besides hubby's birthday), meal planning is a must if we are going to come close. We paid off a few smaller debts the last couple months without making the budget suffer. This month I hope to make a good dent in another with some Etsy sales. I am on a no clothes shopping challenge for the month too!  Not going overboard on Easter stuff!

Health~I need to get myself back to the doctor for more labs, and make getting there a priority. I am so bad about going, but I can tell that my thyroid is off again.

Relationships~ I really doubt we will have opportunity for date nights, or kid dates at all until baseball season is over. Once I get everyone's game schedule I hope to have a few nights we can have family dates!

And MAYBE, just maybe I will actually update y'all. I need some accountability ; )


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22 February 2017

Managing Goals

 I think the MOST important step in goal setting is making sure that
 YOUR GOALS LINE UP WITH YOUR PRIORITIES!

When you tell someone what your priorities are, do your goals reflect that? If not, maybe it's time to alter your goals a little.

There are lots of methods of Goal Setting. I think these 2 are the ones I hear the most
SMART Goals
Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic, Time Based
IDEA
Identify, Design, Execute, Augment

For me I need it simple and easy to manage and track. I don't have an hour a week to reflect on my goals. What I do is
~Have my action plan, or steps in my planner, every week, for the things I can focus on RIGHT NOW.
 ~Those steps or action plan written down are good when/if you get sidetracked.
~Mark the deadline, my ideal deadline
~Make a spot in my planner every week to update, remind, just the constant visual reminder is helpful in keeping my priorities in sight.
I just use a little mason jar stamps and tally marks for things that are daily. 
Here I have our savings/budget jar
and the 3 littles are sticking to my Morning and Evening plans and Meal Planning

How do you manage your goals? Do you share them to keep you accountable? Keep them to yourself?  Daily or weekly reflection or accountability?

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31 January 2017

February Goals 2017



I am already doing better planning my February goals than I did for January.
February is ridiculously busy for us. We have tournament basketball for 1 kiddo, and regular season for 2 others. I am not going to make my goals smaller, but will be heavy on the GRACE, grace, GRACE. Planning big.

SELF~January was super, I planned some time with friends with no kids, and went to a concert too. Even those 2 little breaks help me feel refreshed. I have somehow managed to miss MOPS for the last 4 times. I need that adult interaction time.

This month, chances of me squeezing in any kid free time are slim. Still planning some mini hikes with the kids. I love the quick little break, sunshine and trees <3 p="">

HEALTH~ Diet bet is over, not too shabby! I think I might try the step bet this month. We have lots of swamped weekends, so really my only goal is to be prepared for the weekends and keep up on my water! 

FINANCIAL~ I probably could have done a LOT better on the meal planning. But did put some extra to that Home Depot Bill ;) Have our budget all set up.  So the plan for this month is to meal plan for REAL this month. Stick to my grocery budget and put the leftover to debt.

RELATIONSHIPS~ Birthday celebrations and basketball will keep us busy. But I am hoping to squeeze a kid date in around Valentines Day. Last month we had a couple 1 on 1 dates and a lot of family dates!

HOUSE~ January was a productive month! Kitchen cabinets are built, and almost done with paint. Couple more coats on a few drawers and the doors. Knobs picked out, handles purchased. 
 
I am hoping to finish the kitchen this month! We have cabinets to finish, counter tops to have installed, some barn wood to install and a vent hood. This might be a little ambitious considering we have NO free weekend days all month.  I also want to keep up on my organizing schedule and get the garden plan done and prepped. Some raised beds, some fencing and sprinkler installation. Not sure when that will happen though. 


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08 January 2017

What things can you do right now?

 I can get overwhelmed when I think about my goals and how much WORK it is to get there. Sometimes it seems so daunting and I don't know where to start, if you can relate to this, join me and see if this helps you, no matter what your goals are! Taking baby steps to make it to the big steps!

Things I can do RIGHT now to move me towards my January goals!
Making time for myself
Schedule alone time! It's easy to say and put off. I am adding it to my planner. Just 1 thing so far

And I want to tell you how much I LOVE these pens! So smooth and fine!
You can find them HERE.

Diet Bet, staying hydrated, eating well
I am using MyFitnessPal, my water trackers in my planner, so cute right?


Meal planning is really what saves me. I put my dinner in and do breakfast and lunch around that to make it fit my goals.

Financial Goals, not eating out
Meal planning, and using my planner as best I can to thaw/prep in the morning! Set an alarm on my phone to prep dinner. Different times each day, we have a insane schedule in the evenings right now!


Kid Dates
Similar to making time for ME, making time for us, planning and putting it in the planner ahead of time (and fitting it in the not eating out budget) We won't be doing anything extravagant this month, but we will be using up some old expired groupons and gift cards for fancy coco dates.

House-Finish sanding cabinets, Organize Plan
 I started keeping the sander IN the house as motivation. And my weekly organizing plan handy!
Sticking to my Weekly Cleaning so I still have FRIDAY free to get the organizing done!



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03 January 2017

January Goals

 Already 3 days in and I feel behind! But I am starting with small steps, little chunks of the big goals!

Self~ MAKE TIME for myself, twice, even if it's something small like a trip to the gym

 Health~ I joined a diet bet, nothing like the dread of losing money to motivate ya, right? Especially when it's ALL on me, 100% me.  Little parts of this are staying hydrated and being aware of my food choices. I use something like these to track my water!  
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Financial~Eek, this is my least favorite to jump right in. So January I am taking it a bit easy, my only goals are to not eat out (besides what is planned), update all our debts/accounts and make a plan for the year. 

Relationships~ Take each kiddo out once and one for hubby and I. NO PHONE (besides pictures)
If you struggle with phone time, the app InTheMoment

House~Finish sanding kitchen cabinets, finish the last door molding and 1 last floor board piece! 
Stick to my Organizing Plan!

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