I’m not Making Goals This Year and Here’s Why

If you are a regular reader here, you know that a few years ago I switched from making “resolutions” to making “goals.” It was more of a mindset and perspective thing but it made a difference for me. I made those goals specific and measurable and I made great strides in accomplishing my goals.

I'm Not Making Yearly Goals This Year

Nevertheless, I sometimes got overwhelmed looking at the whole year and everything I want to do. (Anyone else?) Last year in 2016, especially, was a challenge for me. I struggled physically, emotionally, and felt like failure when I feel behind in my goals/plans. Some goals, like the making videos, were dropped altogether.  By October, I knew I needed to make a change but felt stuck.

That is why I decided not to make yearly goals this year, and instead, I made an outline. As a writer, I often read or hear about the importance of using outlines to guide authors in their writing endeavors. Thus, I sat down and wrote a broad outline of the things I want to accomplish for 2017 and used my calendar to fill in deadline dates. As the year progresses, I will readjust monthly and quarterly.

How does this look like?

For example, I want to write/create a lot of books in 2017. Thus, I  made an outline of how many books I want to write each month for January, February, and March. Then, I took my calendar and picked a “due date” for each book. Then, at the end of each month, I will re-evaluate and see if my goal is realistic or needs tweaking.

For January, I want to create a planner and a short grammar guide (for my carolda.com website). Thus, I took some time during the week between Christmas and New Year’s to fill in the blanks: I created a working title, scheduled writing time, and made a bare-bones outline of the books themselves.

Basically, instead of making goals this year, I am scheduling this year. 🙂

I am really excited about this plan and I can’t wait to see what the New Year will bring. I am ready to take better control and be more intentional with my life and business! How about you? What are your plans for the New Year? What are you doing to take control and make 2017 your best year yet? Do share!

P.S. Don’t worry, I won’t bug you will posts every month and/or quarterly with updates!

Advent Prayer Journal for Women

If you have spent any time at all on this blog, you know that prayer is very important to me. It truly is the best (and only!) way to deepen our relationship with God. Advent is a great time to either begin or renew a deeper prayer life and to help you (and me!) to grow your prayer life, I have created an Advent prayer journal.

Advent Prayer Journal for Women

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I am self-publishing a paperback copy through Ingram Spark and I am just waiting for the proof to go through. Once that’s done the book will be published. In addition, since Kindle versions of journals don’t work, I have created a printable PDF version of the journal.

This is from the book description:

Make The Advent Season A True Spiritual Journey

The Advent season is a time of joyful anticipation and waiting; however, in the rush and stress of preparation, the real meaning of Advent can be lost.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way! By spending some time each day in prayer, you can refocus and center your heart and mind on the one whom we await: Jesus Christ. And, this Advent Prayer Journal For Women can help.

This 162 page journal includes:

  • Scripture quotations from the Mass Readings
  • Lots of lined pages for writing and journaling
  • Blank pages for doodling, drawing, or pasting pictures
  • A section and explanation of the “O” Antiphons
  • A section for prayer intentions

May this journal be a tool to make this your best Advent Season yet!

The paperback book will be sold for $14.95 and the PDF will be sold at $10. However, for this week only (Until Friday, December 4), you can get the PDF for $5. There are no coupon codes needed, just go here to order the journal.

I pray that this journal will bless you and help you grow ever closer to Our Lord!

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Weekly Goals

Set GoalsMarriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” at least once this week.

2. Spend at least 30 minutes a day just having fun with Andrew.

3. Clean out my dresser drawers.

Personal Goals

4. Get up at 6am  at least five days this week.

5. Spend at least 15 minutes a day reading the bible and praying the rosary daily.

6. Exercise at least 15 minutes a day, 5 times this week.

Educational/Blogging/Business Goals

7. Go to Georgian Court to get my books. (The break went too fast! Classes start next Monday.)

8. Blog at least twice this week.

9. Continue working on the grammar website (grammarplace.com).

10. Go through some paperwork and old notebooks and sort/get rid of as much as possible.

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsI did pretty well this week, although most of it was done with a heavy heart because of the sad news we received. A lot of people attended the memorial service and almost just as many went to my brother-in-law’s for the meal afterwards. It is going to be a difficult Christmas, well, it will be a difficult time for the family for a while, so continued prayers would be much appreciated.

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Create Christmas shopping list and Christmas card list. (I also got my cards done and ready to be mailed today, and I actually started some shopping.)

3. Spend at least 10 minutes reading with Andrew.

4. Clean out Andrew’s room and get rid of some junk!

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am. (Didn’t do so well here, but I was up by 7 most days).

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and praying Advent devotionals every morning.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week. (Ashamed to say that apart from walking Nugget, I didn’t do any exercising this week.)

Educational Goals

8. Finish Anglo-Saxon final paper and submit. The semester is over, woot!

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Write and post book review of 20 Short Ones.

10. Continue working on the other website I am creating.

Here are my plans for this week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Spend at least 10 minutes reading with Andrew.

3. Clean out Andrew’s room and get rid of some junk!

4. Take Andrew to last play practice. (He is one of the three kings in our church’s Christmas Pagent.)

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and praying Advent devotionals every morning.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write and post book review of 20 Short Ones.

9. Start reading A Most Inconvenient Marriage for review.

10. Continue working on the other website I am creating.

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

She’s Back…..! (Mostly) and Weekly Goals

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Well, I haven’t posted since September 8th. I never planned for that to happen, but the two 7 1/2 week classes turned out to be very labor intensive, along with my other two classes, plus homeschooling Andrew, plus life…you know the drill! Plus, we had changes to my husband’s employment which has been a bit of a life-changer. Also, this Wednesday I have a big presentation for my Anglo-Saxon class, and after that, I’m pretty much good except for a couple of big-project papers and possibly a final. So, hopefully, I will be able to get some regular blogging in – especially since I am WAY past due on some book reviews.

As for goal setting, I pretty much blew it to the wayside for a while; therefore, I am not going to post my previous goals, just the ones for this week. Also, I am only going to start with eight goals, so I can ease back into the goal setting mode.

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Stay on top of Andrew’s homeschool.

Personal Goals

3. Get up at 6:00 am.

4. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible and prayer every morning.

5. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

6. Finish preparing presentation and give to class.

7. Write pre-proposal for my Senior Seminar professor. (She is helping me with some ideas for my final paper.)

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Write at least one blog post this week (besides this one).

Now it’s your turn. Share what you have going on this week in the comments, or join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

Weekly Goals

Set GoalsSo happy to have had a good week! Here’s how things went:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Take Andrew to the pool at least twice this week. (If I include the pool club near where we had our family bbq yesterday, we went to the pool every day except once this week!)

3. Start reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

4. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am. (Got up at 6 once, the other days it was more like 7 or 7:30. But, I’m okay with that because I knew last week was to be a bit of a relaxing kind of week.)

6. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Finish reading and write review for Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions. (You can read the review here.)

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

Final week before I start my classes for the fall. I really hope it is a productive week. I want to get ahead start for the fall schedule…

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Host get-together with one of my good friends and her kids.

3. Continue reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

4. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

6. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

8. Get books for my upcoming classes, and start reading ahead.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Pre-write some blog posts for the fall.

Now it’s your turn. Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

 

Weekly Goals

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Here is how I did last week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Take Andrew to basketball camp every morning.

Personal Goals

3. Get up at 6:00 am.

4. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

5. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week. Didn’t do much extra exercise, but I am counting the exercise from walking the dog. 🙂

Educational Goals

6. Attend last class!

Blogging/Writing Goals

7. Finish reading and write reviews for The Paleo Manifesto, Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions, and Jonah and the Great Big Fish.

8. Work on the other website I’m creating.

9.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

I start back to school on the 25th, so I am trying to balance getting a bunch of writing done and taking extra time to just chill. Here are my plans for this week:

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Take Andrew to the pool at least twice this week.

3. Start reading Little Lord Fauntleroy to Andrew.

4. Organize homeschooling area and  gather materials for new school year.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:00 am.

6. Read a chapter each day of the book study I am doing, and spend ten minutes in quiet time.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Blogging/Writing Goals

8. Finish reading and write review for Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions.

9. Work on the other website I’m creating.

10.  Create a blog schedule and pre-write some posts.

Now it’s your turn. Come join us over at Money Saving Mom with your own goals.

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Weekly Goals

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At the beginning of the year, I decided that I would stop blogging about my goals. I felt like my blog was going into a different direction, and publishing my goals didn’t fit. However, over the past months, I’ve been neglecting my goals, not living intentionally, and I feel like I have been so focused on my course work that everything else went by the wayside. I obviously need the accountability that comes with putting my goals out there! So, here I am back to setting goals. 🙂 My plan is to keep things simple and doable.

Marriage/Parenting/Home Management Goals

1. Send Michael a “love text” twice this week.

2. Finish reading Five Little Peppers and How They Grew to Andrew.

3. Write out our homeschooling plan for summer.

4. Clean out our homeschooling area.

Personal Goals

5. Get up at 6:30.

6. Spend at least 15 minutes reading the bible/praying.

7. Exercise at least 15 minutes, 5 times this week.

Educational Goals

8. Start summer class (on Shakespeare) and keep up with course work.

Blogging/Writing Goals

9. Spend at least 30 minutes per day on my writing projects.

10. Write 3 blog posts.

That’s it! We will see how I do. 🙂

Weekly Goals

Here’s how I did this week:

1. Continue reading through the gospel of Matthew five minutes per day. I’m getting near the end… (Finally finished.)

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Take biology exam and keep up with textbook reading for speech class. (I’m happy to report that I kicked some biology butt and did really well on the exam. 🙂 )

4. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

5. Continue karate lessons and basketball clinic for Andrew. (My sweet husband took Andrew to both lessons for me so that I could get caught up on homework.)

6. Complete and begin Lenten devotional with Andrew.

Here are my goals for this week:

1. Begin reading  the gospel of Mark five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day and do Lenten devotionals with Andrew.

3. Take both biology quizzes and work on “conversation project” for speech class.

4. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

5. Continue karate lessons and basketball clinic for Andrew.

6. Start plans for Andrew’s birthday. His birthday is on Easter Sunday this year, so it will be pretty simple!

What are your goals this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals Getting adjusted to my new school schedule put a slight glitch in my plans so I’m afraid I didn’t do so great this week; however, now that I have a better idea of the work load, it should be better next week. Here’s how it went last week:

1. Continue reading through the gospel of Matthew five minutes per day. (Didn’t get much bible time at all this week, I’m sorry to say.)

2. Pray the rosary each day. (Missed a couple of days but still counting it.)

3. Start classes and work up a plan to keep on top of my course work.

4. Date night with Michael. My mom is keeping Andrew overnight next Friday and we’ll have some time alone. ) (We had to reschedule for next week because my poor hubby was exhausted after driving long hours in ice and snow most of the week.)

5. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day. (Only got two writing days in this week…)

Here’s my plan for this week: 1. Continue reading through the gospel of Matthew five minutes per day.

2. Pray the rosary each day.

3. Keep up (and ahead) with the readings and class assignments.

4. Write for at least 5 minutes (of fiction) each day.

5. Take Andrew to Karate and basketball camp on Saturday.

6. Date night with Michael, I hope!

What are your goals this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!