Setting Goals

February 3, 2010 Uncategorized 13

Goals are not resolutions,or about life changes.  Goals, in my opinion, are about things we strive to achieve. 

Do you set goals for certain things?  I do.  Here are a few of the things I set goals for:
I set an annual goal of reading a minimum of 24 books.  Last year I only read 17………..poor.   I’ve had this same goal for a few years.  Most I hit it, some I go over,and then alas, some I miss. 
I have a goal for managing my time.  I know this sounds silly, but as a stay at home mom my time from 8-2:45 is mine, I can blow it, or make it productive.  Because I know how addicting the computer is, I have to have limits.  No one knows these but me.  If I didn’t have them the housework, laundry , bill paying, shopping and cooking wouldn’t get done!
I set goals for saving money………now this one is more challenging than I’d like to share.  I like to believe that I(we) save money each year for major purchases and vacations.  This saving is in addition to the savings we have.  Money………….no joke it can be the root of all evil…………we tread lightly
I NEED a goal for exercising, because I’m just lousy at it!   I was walking with my hubs, but things have been less regular since the new year.
Goals are good things, I think.  When we reach one, big or small…….we have small victories.  When I was first home with my newborn twins the simplest thing like a shower was my daily goal….and when accomplished……….a real victory!!
What small goals and victories are you celebrating these days?

13 Responses to “Setting Goals”

  1. My name is PJ.

    I usually have task specific or day specific goals. I cannot go through a day without having something accomplished – even if someone else has to do it for me. I’m quite Type A when it comes to that.

    I have the same general small goal running through my brain all the time and that is ‘to leave things better than I found them.’

  2. Sandy

    Funny we had similar posts on the same day. I insist I don’t make resolutions but what else can you call it?

    Good luck with all your goals. They all sound good and I have a feeling that now that you have ‘published’ them, you’ll do okay.

  3. Janel@Dandelion Dayz

    24 books! You must be a speed reader! I don’t think I could ever read that many books in a year.

    I am celebrating doing anything with morning sickness these days. It brings me down so much, so just getting going is a big deal.

  4. Lisa

    MathMan and I recently discussed goals. I used to envy his ability to set goals and pursue them, accomplishing most, if not all.

    Now I finally have a goal and it feels attainable. It’s a start, but wow, does it feel good.

    And reading 17 books in a year is not too shabby, you know!

  5. sheila

    Goals are good. As long as they’re not too lofty, lol. Start small. Like 15 minutes of exercise a day. Before you know it you’ll be doing an hour. πŸ™‚

    My word for the year (last post): Shine!

  6. Beth

    I set goals all the time…some written some in my head etc.. I think it is way to put ourselves in check and to not let life get away..

  7. Crazy Mom of Three

    I love to set goals because I get such a charge out of reaching them. Right now I have an exercise and weight loss goal. It is to exercise at least 2 (but secretly aiming for 3 or more) times per week and to simply add healthier foods to my eating every day … and stay conscious of what I eat. So far so good. I have lost 9 pounds. But, I had gained a lot of weight last year. So, I am still over my normal high weight unfortunately. But, this goal is a good and healthy one. My other goals are to declutter and get better at home management tasks, cook better and try to set life up for us in the smoothest way I can … putting our needs before the expectations of others (the optional expectations of others.)

  8. Anita

    Decluttering is ongoing, but I’ve made lots of progress lately, especially because I mention it in blogland every chance I get to keep it fresh on my mind. πŸ™‚

    Also, the book reading is a good one too. I wish I could read a book a week, but that’s still unrealistic for me; most books that I read are between 250 and 500 pages. But, like you, I read at least 2 per month.

  9. Kristen

    Well, I have a weight loss goal…Brennan is 15 months old now, and I’m still not back to my pre-pregnancy weight, so my goal is to get back there…and soon. (I’ve only got 10 more pounds to go! I’ve lost a ton this past month!)

    Also, I just set a new goal for myself…I want to run a marathon in December. I’ve never enjoyed running, but really really want to get into the habit of doing so. I plan to start small…I want to run a 5k in March or April, then a 10k during the early summer, then a half marathon by the end of the summer, and the whole marathon in December.

  10. linda

    I’m not one to make new year’s resolutions but I do set goals for myself. I find that I do better if my goals are day/week/month specific. I get overwhelmed with the big picture so if I tackle one or two specific things a day, I’m satisfied.

    I have also spent time lately thinking about and reviewing the amount of time I spend on the computer (which is alot!) I’ve even said to myself that if I finish such and such, I will have computer time as a reward. Since my kids aren’t home anymore, I’ve got alot more free time but I’m not necessarily using it wisely. I need to set some firm rules/goals in this area of my life.

  11. Bonnie

    I know what you mean about the exercise thing. I’ve been inconsistant. It’s a small one but washing my make up off every night has been one I’ve been sticking with.

    I would love any tips you might have on housework and laundry. It’s so tedious to me I have a hard time keeping up.

  12. Pam

    I think you are right about setting goals. I set daily goals for myself. It’s really more of a to-do list, but the result is the same. But sometimes, if I’ve been super busy, I allow myself to have “at home day” in which I do nothing except relax. Those are the best days.

  13. Terra

    Forget the shower, when Lauren was tiny just getting myself lunch was agoal. I am a huge goaler…and I love crossing one off!

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