My Daddy has often told me “A failure to plan is really just a plan for failure.” I suppose hearing this phrase at least 9 million times growing up along with my Type A personality would go a long way to explaining my I love creating monthly goals for myself.
Creating monthly goals gives me a plan for how to channel my increasingly infrequent spare time so that I am working towards the life that I want to be living.
Given the demands of my family, my career, and our family farm, I have found that it is easiest and I am most successful when I kept my monthly goals to just 5 items.
Here they are:
Organize Farm and Home Files/Relocate Home Office – In addition to our full-time careers, my husband and I run a 60 acre blueberry farm with his parents, and brother and sister-in-law. Owning our own farm means LOTS of paperwork, factor in the normal household paperwork, and well…..let’s just say there a lot of paper. We’ve been talking for years about taking a Saturday and really organize our files – creating a system that is easy to maintain even at the height of our busiest farm season. But it’s never happened. Now with baby girl #2 on the way, we need the home office for a nursery, so organize the files is now a must-do rather than a like to do. Additionally, we need to move the desk, printer table and file cabinet to make room for baby girl’s crib and dresser. We’ve already determined new homes for these items, we (and by we I mean the hubs with minimal assistance from me) just need to move them.
30 mins of intentional movement 5 days a week – Physical movement is a non-negotiable for me. Over the years, I have come to learn that if I don’t get in at least 30 minutes of movement a day – my attitude is worse, I take longer to fall asleep, feel more stressed, and crave more snack foods. However, as I progress in my pregnancy I find that I don’t have the energy for the longer workouts that I use to do. Now, the goal is simply to move – with intention (trips to the bathroom don’t count) for 30 minutes, 5 days a week. This movement could be walks around my office campus during breaks, swims at the local YMCA, an aerobics class with my girlfriends, or a family walk after dinner. I am not picky about what the movement is – just want it to happen.
Research and join local food co-op – This is a pretty straight forward goal. I want to provide my family with wholesome meals that use the best ingredients possible. Specifically organic meats and vegetables. However, living in a rural area makes this a better more difficult. Thankfully, a friend put on the trail of local farm co-op that provides monthly boxes of organic meats and veggies. J
Read 2 books – I have a husband, a daughter, a full time career, a farm, church commitments, friends that I like to spend time with, etc. In other words, I’m very busy. And often my busyness leads me to neglecting myself. By setting of goal of reading 2 books in April, I am forcing myself to slooow down and relax just a little bit. Anybody have any good recommendations?
Date night and Mommy/Daughter Day – Yes, I spend lots of time with the hubby and our daughter. But often that time is while we are participating in other activities. A date night with the hubby and a mommy/daughter day gives me the chance to have one-on-one time with these 2 amazing people, to really hear what they have to say, and reconnect in a deeper way.
Your turn: What are your goals for April?