This is yet again, another post on making goals. But as it involves those short-term goals, it should be the last of it's kind for at least several weeks if not several months.
- My Marriage
- My Children
- Health & Safety
- Friends & Family
- Comfortable, nice clean home
- Financial Security
- Fun & Relaxation
With these priorities in mind, I developed a list of long-term, medium-term, and short-term goals. While I've always been one to make a list of goals here and there, I've never thought about making sure they coincided with my top priorities or putting them in as clear of subcategories as long-term, medium term or short-term before. So I started these lists last fall with this post. It blew my Resolutions from 2014 out of the water because it was much more organized, concise and showed a definite correlation to all of my priorities and gave me an overall picture of how to go about accomplishing those BIG goals in little steps.
With the New Year approaching, I had a new sense of how to go about making those New Year's Resolutions. My resolutions aren't really resolutions (a firm decision as to whether to do or not do something) but really GOALS. They are the short-term goals (goals that can be accomplished within a few weeks up to one year) that will lead to the eventual ability to obtain those medium-term and then long-term goals.
So now- after a week or two of serious thought- here are my SHORT-TERM Goals of 2014- which of course can always be revised or updated as needed so long as they still coincide with that important list of priorities above:
1. God (Develop a union and closeness with God)
- Set aside a minimum of 20 minutes for morning and mid morning or early afternoon prayer time (total)
- Develop a morning prayer habit with family
- Develop an evening prayer habit (set a copy of evening prayers inside current book I read at bedtime as a reminder!)
- Develop a habit of saying Pre-Communion prayers with family on Saturday evenings.
- Say the Jesus Prayer at various times throughout the day
- Orthodox Reading - Read a book pertaining to Orthodoxy 1-2x a week other than devotion time
- Attend Vespers services at least 1 time a month
2. Marriage (Having a strong lasting relationship with my husband)
- Establish a habit of a weekly date time (Every Monday and at least one extra activity every other week)
- Read Love & Respect together and complete Workbook
- Continue habit of reading together whenever time allows
- Establish personal goals with my husband
3. Children (For them to know I love them and to be a good Christian model to them)
- Establish a habit of a weekly game night (quality, fun time)
- Read with my oldest son at least 4x weekly
- Read with my youngest at least 3 books daily in addition to our bedtime stories
- Call my daughter at school weekly and text several times a week
4. Health & Safety (REAL food and healthy environment)
- Find Paleo websites/blogs with easy meal plans
- Work on a new Monthly Menu Outline plan to make menu planning easier
- Begin Freezing Meals so there is always at least 3 complete meals within the freezer ready to go!
- Continue reading about and researching the Charlotte Mason method
- Work on course descriptions for my son's transcript records
- Work on developing a Home Ec course plan (we've decided to form our own)
- Think over how to incorporate some Charlotte Mason methodology into my older son's coursework
- Copy the Liturgy Book for my youngest son and highlight sections that he will now be expected to be at attention for and follow along
6. Writing (blogging and manuscripts)
- Post a minimum of 3 posts per week - with an eventual goal of 4-5.
- Work on manuscripts at least 2x weekly, at least 3-4 hours (total), increasing in a few months.
- Do writing exercises found in books and blogs on the craft
- Read other blogs and comment on 3 per day
7. Friends & Family
- Make a list of friends and family I wish to maintain better contact with
- Call (or text if they or I prefer) a minimum of 2 from the list each week (or have coffee if person is available to do so!)
8. Comfortable, Clean Home
- Use organization website to make plan of action to stay on task with minimum stress
- Maintain morning and evening routine checklists
- Declutter/Minimalize - read more on being a minimalist and make 1 new goal to work on every other week
9. Financial Security
- Create a system for organizing receipts to make my husband's job of maintaining checkbook and budget system easier
- Add 'record receipts' to my To Do list at least 3 x week
10. Fun and Relaxation
- Game nights ( a repeat- it's great to kill two birds with one stone! Unless of course, it's a real bird....that I wouldn't do)
- Coffee Dates with Friends - I love to do this but for some reason it's hard for me to initiate....that introvert thing I guess...
- Work on creating a list of small (short in duration) things to do that will put fun/relaxation into my days!
So there it is! My current short -term goal list. As you can see, some of them should be very easy to implement- the goal there is to make it more of a HABIT while others may take many months or even the whole year to actually accomplish. Either way, I will keep this list posted in my household binder where I'm sure to come upon it weekly to read over and remind myself what I'm to be working on and revise when and if necessary. That can be to add more, take away any that are successfully obtained, or simply revise the number or frequency, etc. If you want to see the long-term goals that got this started, go back to the original post last week. The middle-term goals are here.
Do pray for me that I may stick with the plan and make progress, no matter how imperfectly it may occur!
Do you have any similar goals?
Is there anything in my list you would like to see written about in a future post?