2016 Goal Update: January

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Goals for 2016

Here is how I did in January with my goals for 2016.

My Mind

Read one business book each month

I listened to Do Over by Jon Acuff on the Hoopla app this month. I learned that he and I don’t define hustle the same way, but I might just switch to his definition because then that would mean I do hustle, it is just that blogging isn’t my main hustle. Nope, I do what the author of Do Over defines as the family hustle. I work hard on my blog in the spare moments, but my number one job is helping to launch 4 amazing products into the world, my 3 children and my husband.

doover

After finding the Hoopla app through my local library website this month, I am not sure if I will continue to use Audible after my free trial ends mid February. The app has a great selection of business books in audio form and it is free.

 You can try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks when you use this link (words in blue).

tri-goalsMy Fitness

Return to cross-training

This month I concentrated just on yoga. I have never taken a yoga class before so I was a little bit nervous, after all I can’t even touch my toes.

I am now a month in and am hooked. I plan to continue classes three mornings a week for the rest of the year.

yogapants

I even invested in some wild workout capris just for yoga–bought new with tags through ThredUp (psst…use my referral link to sign up and you get $10 in credit off your first purchase)

In February I plan to add in one to two days of swimming to my workout routine.

I really miss running, but I am taking it just one plantar fasciitis approved sport at a time until my foot is good and healed. Unfortunately running is so not a plantar fasciitis friendly exercise.

 

Just one treat--goal 2016My Eating

One daily treat only

This is not going well. I knew it would be my hardest goal and boy, was I right. Still, I am making some progress down to 1 treat. Perhaps 5 days out of 7 and then 2 treats the other two days. I need to work on portion control though, sometimes my one treat was a bit on the large size.

Date dayMy Marriage

1 date day a month with my hubby.

My husband and I had a 1/2 date day in January. We got home from church around 11:00 a.m. one Sunday and marched right upstairs to our bedroom to take a nap. After snoozing for an hour or so we had lunch and headed out to see the new Star Wars movie. We finished up our date with dinner out.

30 times 12 challengeMy Home

Get rid of 30 items in my home each and every month.

I tossed 30 items for January and it was much easier than I thought to find those items. I think our home breeds clutter.

Blog goalMy Business

Finish an eBook.

Final word count

THE ROUGH DRAFT OF MY EBOOK IS DONE!!! Sorry to yell, but I am so stinking excited. It will still be a while until it is ready for purchase, but it feels good to have the words out of my brain and on paper.

One new recipeMy Culinary Creativity

Try one new recipe a month.

Yummy

I made a new recipe out of two recipes I already love. All the details will be on the blog next Monday. Let’s just say for now that the experiment was a yummy success.

Set a wow goal!My WOW Goal

As in the past 2 years, my WOW goal is something I am going to share just with a select few. This year’s isn’t blog related but it is still big and going to be a challenge.

Update: Going slow on this goal but progress is progress right?

One!

My Word For 2016

This. Is. So. Hard! So many times this month I have gotten off track in one of my goals and then remembered–one thing.

I think I will be listening to a chapter or two of the book that inspired the word ONE as my word for 2016 each and every month just to help me keep focus.

How did you do with your goals this month? Share with me in the comments.

 

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6 Simple Ways To Track Your Progress Towards Your Goals

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I set 8 goals for myself this year and I am starting to make progress already in each one thanks to my favorite ways to keep track of my goal progress.

The secret to achieving your goals is in the tracking.

I will let you in on a quirky fact about myself–my favorite part about goal setting isn’t necessarily  reaching the goal itself, but tracking my progress.

As you might know from the name of my blog I am a HUGE fan of snail pacing my goals, which essentially means breaking them down into bite size pieces…and I celebrate each and everyone of those pieces as I finish them.

6 Ways To Chart Your Progress Towards Your Goals

I 52 books in 2016!

1. List It

Every year I set out to read 52 books. I find the easiest way to keep track of how many books I have read so far is to simply keep a running list of what I have read. Since I have a blog, I do this by creating a page on my blog each year where I number the books as I go as well as write a one to three sentence review.

If you don’t have a blog, buy an inexpensive, dollar store blank journal and make a numbered book list within its pages. Keep the journal by your favorite place to read a book so that it is handy to record titles you’ve read.

Of course this method of keeping track can be used for many other types of goals as well. I might end up using it for my new recipe a month goal this year.

journaling goals

2. Journal It

Beside my bed you will find a small, dollar store purchased, week at a glance journal. Within its pages last year you would have found that each day contained a log of how many miles I had run or walked towards my 1200 mile goal for the year. Inside this year’s edition you will find what type of exercise I did that day (my goal is to cross train with yoga, running, biking, and swimming) and also if I had one treat or more (my goal is one sweet treat a day).

psst…these inexpensive, week at a glance calendars also make great gratitude journals .

goals 2016 (fb)3. Blog It

If you have a blog, it can be used as a powerful tool to keep you on task with your goals. I am keeping my readers up to date with my goal progress with a once a month update that I will be publishing on the first Monday of every month this year.

If you don’t have a blog, do you have a Facebook account? If so, you can use the note section to post you goal updates for your Facebook friends to read. Trust me, the odds are high that you will get a few friends hooked on reading your updates and they will start keeping you on track as well as cheering you on.

4. Share It

When I ran my first marathon I shared the link to the race with my Facebook friends. I then shared updates in my status on how my longest run of the week went each and every week. I know some people hate reading exercise updates, but others are really inspired by them and will start cheering you on.

This works for other goals too. There is just something about putting your goals out there on a regular basis on a public forum that will motivate you to keep at it. Word of caution though, some goals are just too near and dear to the heart to share, keep track of your progress for those type in a more private way.

5. Chart It

Let’s say you want to have a quiet time devoted to bible study and prayer each morning or you want to read aloud to your children each night. Keep track of your progress for these types of goals by placing a simple, blank calendar on your fridge and each and every day that you manage to complete your goal place a big X in the square for that day.

Crossing out days in a row gets addicting! Once you have a few in a row you don’t want to break the chain. This is great for goals that are essentially new habits you want to form.

mile jars

6. Jar It

My redhead running buddy and I set out to complete our mileage goals last year with the idea of  keeping track using the simple 2 jar method. We had pennies equal to the amount of miles we wanted to run over the course of one year in one jar and the other jar was labeled “miles ran.” Each time we ran we put in the same amount of pennies as the run–so 4 miles equaled 4 pennies.

I didn’t stick with this method for long as I am much more of a journal type gal, but my redhead runner kept it up for the entire year.

This method would work for many different types of goals and you could even make the transferred item a prize of sorts. Perhaps $1 for each pound lost–or more if you can afford it.  You could wait to spend the prize money until you reach your goal or you could choose to cash out each time you reach a milestone. For instance, if you are working on getting to bed by 9 pm each night, you could wait until the end of the year to reap the rewards or you can empty the jar out at the end of each month. You decide the rules!

2 Resources To Help You Break Down Your Goals & Make Time To Reach Them

I am sure some of you might be saying, “Okay, now I have some great ideas of how to chart my goals, but how am I supposed to break them down into bite sizes pieces I can track and how do I fit achieving them in my already busy day?”

A Resource For Helping You Break Down Your Goals

If breaking down goals is what keeps you from reaching them, I recommend the eBook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

What You Can Expect to Learn From This Book:

  • How to prioritize and name your goals so that you can accomplish them faster than ever.
  • How to expose the obstacles that will come up, and then make a plan to conquer them.
  • How to break up a goal that feels insurmountable into bite-sized pieces.
  • How to stop making excuses and get the job done now—and then enjoy the rest of your day!
  • How to put accountability in place to help you stay on task and motivated.

I was able to read 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life in just one afternoon and it was well worth the small financial investment. It helped me to refine my ability to break down goals as well as make up a plan to avoid obstacles that kept preventing me from reaching my goals.

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Goals For 2015: December Update

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10 Goals For 2015

My Mind

1. Read 52 books this year. 

Up to 54  books so far  which means I surpassed my goal! Well, okay not by much but some. I actually finished 3 books in the last 24 hours and still need to add them to my list of books read for 2015. I am also currently working on one more so I might make the total 55 by the time the year is done.

My Health

I had a few health problems pop up last year, that left me thinking I have reached that age where I should be paying more attention to it so I set two goals for my fitness and one goal  for eating habits.

Make A Fitness Goal For This YearHow to set and track a yearly milage goal (med)

2. 1200 Miles Ran in 2015

Sadly by mid December I had to admit that my plantar fasciitis was getting worse and running & walking was only aggravating it further. I have been fighting it since late August.

10256465_10155897107226980_8239121280395988719_oI am not giving up all together on this goal though. After experimenting with different cross training options I found that the stationary bike and the rowing machine don’t bug my foot at all. So altered the goal (it is my goal so I can do that). I count 11 minutes of biking or rowing as one running mile. I currently have under 20 miles left to reach the 1200 mile total for 2015 . I feel like I should be able to complete that!

me in bike

3. Take an overnight, multi-day bike ride trip with my son

This goal got downsized to a 4 hour bike ride that ended in lunch (you can read why here). Still we enjoyed our ride and hope to fit a a longer trip in next year.

6 habits to form this year for healthier eating creating good eating habits one inch at a time (med)

4. Take six small steps over the year to build better eating habits

With Christmas just behind me I feel like I bombed this goal! I have made some significant changes in my diet over the past few months due to health issues BUT over the holidays they have gone straight out the window.

I am hoping the return to normal routine next week will help me return to my better eating habits. I am also hoping the one sweet treat goal for 2016 will help me practice moderation.

My Marriage

These goals are ones I set and achieved  in 2014 and I liked how they strengthened my marriage so much that I am doing them again.

5. 1 real date a month with my hubby each and every month: (psst….these have changed to date days)

December date day was Christmas shopping together followed by strolling through a gingerbread display.

6. 1 weekend getaway per season just the 2 of us. :  We did not do our fall weekend getaways for 2015 due to several emergency fund draining incidents, plus we are currently renovating another home into a rental. Once the home is rented we plan on taking the first month rent and going away for a long weekend just the 2 of us. It will be a nice reward for a project well done.

52 Weeks To A Simplified Home Decluttering A Home One Inch At A Time (med)

7. Declutter one area of my home each and every week of the year.

I DID IT! I am so proud of myself for sticking to my decluttering goal for all of 2015!

I am enjoying the outcome so much that I created another decluttering challenge for myself & my readers for 2016.

8. Write a 30,000 word ebook.

I locked myself up in a hotel room for 6 nights with the intent of finishing my eBook. I got very close but once I got home the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season took over and I wasn’t able to finish.

 So this goal got moved to 2016.

My Spirit

9. Do a word study in the bible  of the words, discipline, diligence and self control.

Completed!

My Wow Goal

10. I like keeping my wow goal very private as it is so dear to my heart. It is just as big as last year if not bigger.

Completed! and surpassed!

Did you set any goals for yourself this year? If so tell me about them in the comments.

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