One thing I am personally striving to do this year is to set weekly goals personally and professionally. In the past, I have attempted to do this and I do very well for about 3 weeks. Then, I just usually say “Phhhhtttt…..forget about it.” I have learned that if I really want to so something I need to set my mind to it and this is something that is important to me. Plus, when I check in each week with all of you, it will help me (and hopefully you) to stay on track with working towards these goals.
I know for certain that some weeks I will not achieve my goals. However, there will be the rare instance when I do as well! No matter your goals, the key to helping you to achieve them is to write them down. Then, place them somewhere you will see them every single day. You could place them on the refrigerator or even on your bathroom mirror. Just somewhere you know you will see them!
As you sit down and work on your goals, it is important that you think S.M.A.R.T.:
SPECIFIC – Be detailed. State that you want to clean the kids’ rooms and not just clean.
MEASURABLE – It should have a value. If it is financial goal, it could be increase savings 5% and not just save more.
ATTAINABLE – Be realistic. Increasing your income by 75% is not realistic, however, 5 – 10% is.
RELEVANT – Your goals should work for you. No one’s will be the same.
TIME-BOUND – Set a timeline. If you want to get your taxes done early, set a date such as March 15th.
While taking into consideration the above tips, you should set personal and professional goals. Personal goals should also include personal time. I know that I am very bad about taking time out for myself. I do so only IF there is time left over. And let’s face it, there is never time left over. Life is too short and I want to ensure that I am doing the things I once enjoyed, but have not had time for in…….well…a VERY long time! So this year, I challenge us to all make Thirty Minutes for Me every single week! Are you up for the challenge? I know I sure am!
Every Monday morning, I will share the prior week’s successes and failures regarding my personal goals. I will also share mine for the upcoming week. As mentioned above, I will be writing my goals down and will place them on my refrigerator so I see them several times a day!
If you would like to use the same form I do, you can download a FREE weekly goals (pink version) or (green version). Here’s a money saving tip for you as well — save money on printing and paper costs, you can take it to your copy store and ask them to laminate it and then use dry erase markers and fill it out each week. At the end of the week, after you review your list, you can erase the items you completed and leave those you still strive to reach. You can also print these forms in black and white – no need to waste your precious colored ink if you don’t want to!
Now, back to the task at hand – my goals! This is the first week and I am not holding back. I am not sure I can do all of this, but I am going to give it my very best shot! Here are the goals I have set for this week:
1. Put away the laundry as soon as it is folded – all week.
2. Work on organizing tax paperwork – by Saturday.
3. Clean up the basement – by Thursday.
1. Download a new e-book – by Thursday.
2. Scrapbook at least 4 pages – by Friday night.
LONG – TERM (6 months+)
1. Increase Subscribership to Penny Pinchin’ Mom by 25% by 12/31/12.
2. Save for trip to Disney with the kids by 12/1/12.
Are you ready now to set your goals? Let’s work together and help one another achieve the goals that we set all year long. I have faith that we can do it!