Jun 06 2016

Intentional Living: Weekly Goals

It was really nice having an extra day tacked onto our weekend this past week with Memorial Day, but felt like we were playing catch up at work and in other areas the rest of the week.  Thankful for the extra time with my family.  We (mostly Jake really) got a lot done on the laundry room.  It is looking good.  We still have some more work to get it finished up, but at least it is usable and the washer and dryer are hooked back up.

The girls wrapped up their last couple of days of school.  No more elementary school drop offs for our family.  They are enjoying the start of their summer break.  Late on Friday afternoon they joined me at work and helped get some items organized at the office.  Thankful for their willingness to pitch in and help!  They were excited to spend time with me at work.    Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids. – over halfway through the book, the chapters are short, however, sometimes we only have time to read 1 chapter a day with everything going on.
  2. Read 7 Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Do devotions, reflecting on our blessings, and prayer time with kids every night. – prayer time and blessings (yes), but did not do kids devotions every night – they were crashing on us a couple of nights at bed time.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family – planned a SUPER AWESOME activity, but cannot share yet – they may read it here…..I will reveal our fun activity once we’ve had a chance to tell the kids the surprise first! 🙂
  7. Play a Game with the Kidsplayed a Horse board game with the girls (cannot remember the exact name of it, but you collect ranch and wild horses as you go around the game board).  Neat game the girls got from my parents a year or two ago.
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)yes, we prepped for our upcoming trip and was able to get some items completed – still have a little more planning to get done over the next few days / weeks!
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Breakgetting everything figured out
  12. Ride Bikes with the Kids – was not able to get this done this weekend, we had fun, got things done, but couldn’t do everything! 🙁
  13. Work on family projects together – moving forward in the right direction on our projects (wish we had more time to get more items accomplished)
  14. Start packing suitcase for next family adventure
  15. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control – we did this several times, but not consistently every day.  It did work well when we did do it!

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do 1st week in Summer Workbook(s) – since it was a partial school week / summer vacation week they did not get this done, hopefully we’ll get it done soon.
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a daythey read daily on their non-school days when they were on summer break
  3. Sign up kids for the Easley, Anderson, & Greenville County Summer Library Reading Programs – was only able to make a quick trip to the library to return books, wasn’t able to get them signed up for all the programs yet
  4. Sign up kids for Barnes & Noble and other similar reading programs – hoping to do it this week
  5. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week)
  6. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills
  7. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog – one finished 2 blogs another did not get 2 completely done
  8. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  9. Kids start packing suitcases for next family adventure
  10. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals – hit a bunch of my goals, but missed a few!
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week – missed one day….so close!
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Laundry Room Remodeling Work Completed) – was able to get a lot of items completed, but the entire laundry room is not done quite yet. Will need to put it on hold as we tackle some other activities the next couple of weeks, it is still on our priority list though!
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Refill Kids Snack Bins – hope to focus again on the laundry room in the future once further along)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Plant Lilly Flower and Blueberry Bush – weather permitting)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Replant grass in Goat pen) – Jake was able to get their collars working again, but we weren’t able to replant the grass yet
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Refinishing our Laundry room, painting and laying new flooring) – flooring is completely laid – thanks Babe!  Still need to add the molding, fix the door frame, paint the doors, add the closet door, put up 1 more wall, ceiling, and add the last sections of shelving.

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients
  5. Notes typed for work – was able to get some of them completed
  6. Folders Labeled for work – made good progress
  7. Desk drawers organized – was able to move forward, still more to do
  8. Do at least 5 blog posts this week – close but not quite there this week
  9. Catch up on Hootesuite – almost caught up
  10. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update – was able to get a start but have more to catch up!

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor – still trying to get it on the schedule
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt  – made one extra payment this week
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork – paid and filed most of them
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget – very close
  5. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer use – work in progress
  6. Take items to the recycling distributor – was not able to get this done this week. 
  7. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending – got home late one evening and didn’t have dinner already prepped

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein to the kids.
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids.
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  5. Do devotions, reflecting on our blessings, and prayer time with kids every night.
  6. Plan one special activity with the family
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8.  Attend After Work Activities
  9. Lunch Boxes packed the night before work & other planned activities
  10. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  11. Prep & Figure out Schedule for upcoming Summer Break
  12. Ride Bikes with the Kids
  13. Work on family projects together
  14. Pack suitcase for next family adventure
  15. Daily 15 minute “Speed Clean” for entire family to keep the daily clutter under control

Kid Goals

  1. Have kids do 1st week in Summer Workbook(s)
  2. Encourage Kids to read independently at least 30 minutes a day
  3. Sign up kids for the Easley, Anderson, & Greenville County Summer Library Reading Programs
  4. Sign up kids for Barnes & Noble and other similar reading programs
  5. Have kids work on our approved educational websites to encourage growth (at least 2 hours for the week)
  6. Have kids work for at least 1 hour on this week on improving their typing skills
  7. Each kid finish creating at least 2 blogs posts for their Fun with Sis blog
  8. Spend time Monday –Friday encouraging the kids to find creative ways to learn and grown their skills
  9. Kids start packing suitcases for next family adventure
  10. At least 30 minutes of outside play, fresh air, or activity time a day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  3. Do yoga at least 5 times a week
  4. Go to my Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily
  6. Tackle some lingering projects on my “to do” list

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Normal Maintenance Cleaning)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Start getting the Laundry Room back together and organized so we can clean up the family room downstairs)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Plant Lilly Flower and Blueberry Bush – weather permitting)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Refill Skipper’s Feeder)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Check on Water Heater Recall Notice we received)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients
  5. Notes typed for work
  6. Meeting regarding work goals and upcoming tasks completed
  7. Folders Labeled for work
  8. Desk drawers organized
  9. Do at least 5 blog posts this week
  10. Catch up on Hootesuite
  11. Upload pictures from last few weeks and update

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch
  2. One-on-one quality time with Jake (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  3. One-on-one quality time with Brina (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)
  4. One-on-one quality time with Karlie (talking, date night, or doing an activity together)

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the Financial Advisor
  2. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt
  3. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  4. Go grocery shopping one time this week and stay within budget
  5. Sell, giveaway, donate, or through away items no longer use
  6. Take items to the recycling distributor
  7. Make meals with items from pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to use up what we have and eliminate any extra spending

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small

steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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