I am forever attempting to manage stress. One of the chapters I read last fall in the book I posted about titled "Stress Management and Relaxation Workbook" indicated that one of the best ways to manage stress is by setting and prioritizing goals.
Last week, I posted my long-term goals as my '2015 Resolutions'. Since posting, I've taken a look at those goals and narrowed them down to what I call 'middle-term' goals. Middle-term goals are goals that are more precise than the long-term goal and is something one hopes to carry out within a 1-5 year time span. With these goals, I have a more focused idea on what I want to work on and will be able to set short-term goals- goals I can actually accomplish within a few weeks up to one year that will set me on the right path to achieving the long-term goals based on my life priorities.
Going along with that basic list of priorities and long-term goals, my middle term goals are as follows:
- Develop a habit of prayer/devotion:
- Morning prayers with family
- Morning devotion time (Bible and other forms of devotion)
- Evening prayers with Alexander ( my youngest) and on my own
- Jesus prayer (throughout day)
- Ancient Faith podcasts ( a couple a week)
- Orthodox Reading
2. Improve My Marriage
- Habit of Date Nights Time away
- Share/develop similar interests/activities
- Focus on Love and Respect for one another
3. Develop more opportunities to spend with children (together as a family as well as one on one time) to be monitored on a monthly basis.
- To develop a graduation plan for my oldest son (classes/credits for remaining three years of high school)
- To Study the Charlotte Mason method (and figure out a way for my husband to learn it too)
- To post to the blog on a consistent basis… at least 3-5 times per week with an average of 4.
- To write and submit at least 5 complete manuscripts within the next 3 years.
7. To develop a habit of reaching out and talking in person or by phone (yeah, that might be hard) to 3 different friends or family members weekly (not overlapping entirely the same 2 weeks in a row).
- To declutter and maintain a ‘clutter-free’ environment – never running out of room to put things, everything having a place and not keeping things that haven’t been used in over 3 years unless of significant money or sentimental value.
To live within a budget set with my husband.
- To put helping others within the budget
- To develop a plan (and work on ) for retirement and maintain the 6-8 month emergency fund ( 6 months living plus additional for actual emergencies….roof, major repair, etc.)
- To develop a list of ideas that can be done on a weekly or daily basis to incorporate a little more fun and relaxation into my days and DO THEM.
All of these goals are an offshoot or more precise listing of what I can do within the next 1-5 years to obtain my ultimate goals. They are smaller sub-goals of the bigger goal. With these, I will narrow down smaller steps - short-term goals that are more focused and achievable within a matter of weeks up to just one year, always keeping in mind the bigger goal and always moving towards progress and success!
Do you ever write out medium or short-term goals or steps it will take you to achieve those bigger long-term goals?
What is the biggest goal that you have achieved and feel the most successful about?