(In case you were wondering, that was the sound of a South American football announcer.)
I’m one of those folks (like many of y’all out there, I’m sure) that has to be pretty intentional about the things I want to accomplish in a given day, week, month, etc. Otherwise at some point I look up and realize that I’ve spent the last two hours pinning recipes and tab-surfing on Google Chrome. In other words, I’ve got a pretty heinous case of adult ADD.
That being said, I’ve come up with a plan to give my months an overall sense of accomplishment- just a few new goals every month that aren’t too lofty (big plans often go by the wayside because they get overwhelming, and this totally defeats the purpose of goal-setting).
So, for the month of May, I humbly present my first set of goals:
- Blog at least five times. For me, regular writing doesn’t happen organically. I have to be (here’s that word again) intentional. This might seem counterintuitive to some people; writing is categorized as a creative process and not something to be scheduled like a doctor’s appointment or a trip to the DMV. But I’m pretty sure professional authors don’t pay the bills by relying on their whims.
- De-clutter my home. I’m not yet sure how I’m going to go about this exactly. All I know is my apartment is small and we have too. much. crap. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” (Thanks William Morris. Those are some good words bro.) This is my mantra. Useful or beautiful? If the answer to both is no, then it needs to go. I have a lot to say about this- but at a later date!
- Make a plan to clean out our fridge, freezer, and pantry and refill it with “clean” food. By “clean” I’m referring to little or no processed foods. All ingredients should be familiar and pronounceable. Limit refined sugars and white flour. Hahahaha. Ha. That was me laughing because all I can think of is the dude from Princess Bride sputtering out “INCONCEIVABLE!” But dangit. We need to do it.
- Go on a walk with Gabe at least once a week. This is my way of combining exercise and an activity my son enjoys. I love taking him to the park, but he’s still young enough that it requires my full attention. Otherwise he’d probably take a flying leap off a play structure. Walking is great because he loves seeing the neighborhood from his stroller, and I can (mostly) zone out for a while.
Ok. Those are my four goals for the month. Now, you may be wondering how am I planning on keeping track of aforementioned goals. Well, gentle reader, I give you the Post-It Goal Chart. I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest and whipped up my own version on the computer (I think I used Adobe InDesign). I’m including it here for anyone else who wants a pretty place to keep track of to-dos. The nice thing is it can be customized for your day, week, month, etc. You could even print out a few and customize them for your kids (or spouse, as the case may be). If I had a laminator I’d laminate it, but I don’t. Womp womp.
I hope this inspires you to set a few goals of your own. Remember- start small, especially if you’re not used to formal goal-setting. There’s nothing worse than inevitable failure. And if you don’t meet a goal, there’s always next month, right? No self-loathing over here! Hope you enjoy the handy-dandy printable!