Aug 29 2016

Intentional Living: Weekly Goals

We are off to a great start of the school year!  Now if only I can get fully caught up on all the fun projects I have going on at home.  Thankful for an opportunity to work, but always enjoy some time to refocus, spend time with family & friends, run errands, and tackle projects around the house.  There is always more to do then time allows, but I am super excited about some of the fun stuff in store the remainder of the 2016 year!!!

In case you haven’t already noticed I am a  goal oriented, list driven, and more of a type A personality.  I LOVE learning new things, but also enjoy the comfort of the normal everyday treasures in each day as well.  When I take a moment to soak in what is around me I remember that I take too much for granted and that I am blessed beyond measure (which I don’t deserve).

The time I have with my family is a priority to me.  I absolutely LOVE hanging out with my husband, the girls are growing up way too fast and it is always a joy sharing a special moment with them, it is refreshing to catch up with a dear friend, and mentally stimulating to balance a work, school, family, life, and everything else schedule…..  I get more wrong then I get right, but thankfully I have a forgiving and gracious Heavenly Father and people who are not afraid to speak truth into my life.

One of my big goals this week is to start sharing with you a “taste” of the adventures our family enjoyed over the summer break.  We were able to catch up with people we love and experience some amazing memories together.  As I gear up for another busy week I am trying to not over committed myself, but want to stay on track.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Pick out a new Chapter book to read to the girls and start reading itIt is one I got as a girl when I was in 6th grade and read many times (the girls think it is awesome that I am reading a book to them that I received when I was their age).  They love their reading time and I hope to more time reading with them this week!
  2. Read 7 more Stories from the Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zullo book to the kids. All of Alan Zull’s “Bad Pets” short stories books have been a big hit with our kids!
  3. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids. – working through them
  4. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids. – continuing to learn along with the girls on this one too!
  5. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night. – love this one-on-one quiet time with each girl…the only problem this week I was so relaxed talking with that a couple of times I fell asleep at the foot of their beds as I was chatting and either they or Jake had to wake me up, ha!  Obviously, I was relaxing a little too much!
  6. Plan one special activity with the familywe have planned some super fun day or weekend activities this fall (I can’t share yet….they sometimes read my blog…..shhh…..)
  7. Play a Game with the Kids
  8. Create Memories with the Family
  9. Spend Quality time with each family member
  10. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day) – wasn’t the best week I have had….
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Give Skipper a bath this week – will need to do it next week, other outside items took priority
  2. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts – hoping to gain more momentum this week!!!
  3. Work on a few special projects – got a couple gearing up….

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor – really need to buckle down and get this on our schedule soon
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track – doing better now that we are in a more set routine
  3. Pay down debt we owe – made extra payments again this week
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home) – better, but not within our target range

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Read the book Justin Morgan Had a Horse by Marguerite Henry (I had this book, an 1954 version, when I was in 6th grade and it takes place near White River Junction, Vermont near where Jake’s grandparents and Mom live so the girls know the area fairly well)
  2. Go through 7 more Brain Quest Flash Cards with the kids.
  3. Read through 7 more pages of History Trivia with the kids.
  4. Reflect on our blessings and prayer time with kids every night.
  5. Plan one special activity with the family
  6. Play a Game with the Kids
  7. Create Memories with the Family
  8. Spend Quality time with each family member
  9. Do a new, unique, or different activity with the family this week

Kid Goals

  1. Do Homework Monday – Friday
  2. Pack Lunches and Prep for the next day
  3. Spend one-on-one time with kids each day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water
  2. Wear FitBit (at least 10,000 steps and 10 sets of stairs every day)
  3. Do Yoga at least 5 times this week

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. Household Cleaning / Organization – Pantry de-cluttered and organized
  2. Plan out the Menu for the Week
  3. Give Skipper a bath this week
  4. Speed clean & pick up the house 15 minutes a night

Business Goals

  1. Update Work Notes
  2. Get caught up on blog posts
  3. Work on a few special projects
  4. Update my LinkedIn Profile
  5. Research a couple of items in regards to the blog
  6. Confirm the tasks my plate as I transition to a new team

Ministry Goals

  1. Go to breakfast or lunch with a family member or friend
  2. Counting my blessings journal

Financial Goals

  1. Schedule a meeting with the financial advisor
  2. Get our finances and budget back on track
  3. Pay down debt we owe
  4. Limit amount spent on Groceries, Household, and Other Items (use what we already have at home)

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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