How to Set Goals (And Accomplish Them)

How to Set Goals

Setting goals is super easy, but keeping them can be challenging. I know this from personal experience! So, today I thought I would talk about how to make it easy to actually accomplish your goals.

First, you need to name your goal, be specific, and make it measurable. For instance, if you just say you want to read your Bible more, exercise more, etc. you’re probably not going to stick with it. Not because it’s not a good goal, but because you can’t track it. A few examples of measurable goals are:

  • I will read my Bible every morning
  • I will exercise five minutes a day/3x a week
  • I will save $20/week for 52 weeks (That’s $1,040 not including interest in case you were wondering)

Create a graph on paper or on your phone/tablet/computer so that you can see if you are making progress. Keep it somewhere that you will actually look at it. By the way, I don’t believe the Bible should be a checklist item, but it’s better than not reading the Bible. If that’s a goal of yours then check out How to Read the Bible (it will open in a new window).

My exercise goal is a little different. Since we will be living in town soon, my plan is to ride my bike for quick trips to the store instead of driving (unless it’s raining). This will save me some gas money and I will hopefully lose a few pounds. I’ll let you know once I’ve been at it for a few months.

What are some of your goals and how are you keeping track? You can let me know in comments or on our Facebook page!

Organizing for the Unorganized

OrganizingTheUnorganized

Today I want to talk to you about organizing and I feel like I am qualified to tell you about this because I am not organized. I am a long time member of the procrastination support group and I’m supposed to be president, but the meetings are perpetually postponed. So, this is more about how to organize a disorganized person. If you are type-A personality or OCD you can maybe leave some tips for the rest of us in comments.

My biggest struggle is making myself do the things I despise. Especially when I’m in “one of my moods”. I am getting better at this, but when I’m not in a mood I notice the horrible job I did and I fix it. Which takes longer.

I have an iPhone so I am starting to use Reminders quite a bit. I actually had to put my blood pressure medicine in there or else I forget about it. Not very smart. I also list everything I want to do the night before I’m going to get started. It tends to be shorter if I write up the list when I first get up.

So, I highly recommend an app that allows you to input tasks and has check marks so you can see how much (or little) you have accomplished. I like setting time restraints so that I know how much free time I can enjoy once I’m done. I don’t allow myself breaks before or while I’m cleaning because I will shrug off the rest of my list. It can be done tomorrow. Until you do this perpetually and your house is still a disaster six months later.

What do I list in Reminders?

  • Take medications
  • Eat/Feed kids breakfast (Not that forget, but I like lots of checkmarks)
  • Morning with God – this is not His time slot. I talk and sing to Him while I’m doing my chores. This is when I do my Bible study and devotional time.
  • Help 4 year old clean her room
  • Clean bathroom
  • Remind 12 year old to clean his bedroom and bathroom
  • Eat/feed kids lunch
  • Put away clothes or wash clothes
  • Clean kitchen/dining room
  • Clean living room
  • Work on blog (Monday – Friday)
  • Meal plan (Every Friday)
  • Budget (End of month)
  • Pay bills (First of every month)
  • Free time!

Of course I may have to add or remove things as time goes on. That’s fine as long as it’s not doing the laundry. Right now I have, what I think is, a valid excuse. Two of our dressers are at the former Berry Cottage and I really need them because my kid’s dressers are in disrepair. Well, they could be repaired, but I don’t want to when there are two good ones we can bring home. I also feel like we don’t have a good place to store towels. Our bathrooms have zero storage except under the sinks and I hate storing stuff there in case of a leak. I guess I need to realize that if there is a leak that’s where my towels are going anyway.

I’m going to try my ideas out over the next week and next Friday I will let y’all know how it’s going. If it goes really well I may even share pictures of the inside of my home.