Here we are, at the beginning of a new year. While I’ve never been a big “New Year’s resolutions” person, I am a big dreamer, goal-setter, and list-maker. My biggest problem is that I keep those dreams and goals to myself, so that if I fail, no one but me has to know about it. Thus this post, put out here for all the world (or the much smaller subset of the world that will actually read this) to see.
As I think through my goals for this year, it’s hard to narrow them down into nice neat categories because they’re all so interrelated. After making lists and rearranging them for a bit I’ve come up with the following 6 areas I’m going to work on in 2016.
I’m breaking these goals down into baby steps, and planning to accomplish a step or two each month. For some of the goals, the baby steps are necessary because of time or financial constraints. For others, the baby steps are necessary because the overall goal requires more courage, will power, or discipline than I can manage all at once.
So here they are…
Goal 1: I will create a beautiful, organized home.
We’ve been in our house for a year now. That has given us enough time to figure out how we use the space, what is working well for us, and what things we need to change to make things function smoothly. By the end of the year, I want a well-organized home that is both beautiful and functional, and makes the best possible use of our space.
I have 2 baby steps for January: major decluttering room by room to get rid of anything and everything that we don’t use or love; and reorganizing my kitchen which will include adding cabinets and shelves in our laundry room (adjacent to the kitchen) for added storage of pantry items and small appliances.
Goal 2: I will eat healthfully.
I used to do a better job with our meals. But since we lost our home in NY and moved back to Texas and all the craziness that entailed, I’ve fallen back on eating way too much convenient junk food. For the sake of my family’s health, this needs to change.
I’m still working out my baby steps for this. My first thought was to cut out refined or added sugars for January, but that’s a huge step! Maybe I’ll try it anyway. I just want to set a goal I can achieve. Things I know I can do, because I’ve done them before: cut out all soft drinks/sugary drinks and limit my coffee to one cup a day. So I’ll do those. I also plan to try out at least one new superfood meal or snack each week in January.
Goal 3: I will be active.
I did a really good job of this last summer. Between June and the end of August, I was getting 10k-15k steps in every day, which was great for increased energy levels during the day and sleeping well at night. And I lost 13 lbs. which was a nice bonus! But then I got busy with other things and exercise became less of a priority. That will change.
Baby step for January—average 10k steps a day as measured by my Up24 band, and get 30+ minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week.
Goal 4: I will manage my time.
This one is huge for me. HUGE. I have a tendency to go back and forth between a bunch of different activities at once rather than focusing on one until it’s completed. I jokingly tell friends that I have “crafters ADD” when I have a ton of different projects in various states of completion at once, but unfortunately it’s not limited to crafts. I’m the same way with cleaning, laundry, meal prep, planning, oh look!!! a squirrel!!!
…you get the picture! 😉
And it’s way too easy for me to get sucked into spending hours on social media, etc., even though it’s only a few minutes at a time. Connecting with people is important, but not when I go overboard and lose a large portion of my day!
I also tend to be a night owl. My excuse is that I need time to think, plan, and get things done while my kids are asleep, but the reality is that I’m tired enough by then that I just waste those late-night hours on mindless activities. SO not productive!
So my baby steps for January? The first is to keep track of just how much time I spend on social media so I can figure out the best balance between staying connected and protecting my time. I’m also going to close my Facebook window unless I’m specifically planning to be there for a few minutes. I’ve been leaving it open, but then if I’m on my computer writing, checking mail, checking up on my kids’ school stuff, or whatever, I can’t resist clicking over to Facebook as soon as it shows there’s a new notification. And that’s pretty much constantly.
The second baby step for managing my time is to make the switch to getting up in the morning before my kids and using that time as my time to work on things when I’m rested and fresh, rather than saving that for late at night when I’m inefficient. That means I’ll have to go to bed earlier as well…this night owl needs to try her hand at being an early bird!
Goal 5: I will grow this little blog.
I’ve been posting here off and on for almost 8 years now—starting out with stories about our adventures living in NYC, and slowly morphing into posts about the hobbies I love and the household challenges of a mom of a family of 9. I love to create and I love to share that with others, so as a stay-at-home mom this is a great way to do that. And if I can earn a little money on the side to help fund some of my many craft and household projects, that will be so much the better!
I have 2 baby steps for January—to plan out in advance and post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for the whole month, and to dig into some possible ways to earn a little side income here…starting with setting up a way to sell some of my craft kits and joining some affiliate programs.
Goal 6: I will plan and do purposeful family time.
This is the most important so I’ve saved it for last! We do a lot together as a family, but time is flying by and before I know it my older teens will be off to college and beyond! It’s super easy for me to spend the majority of my time attending to the needs of the little guys, since their needs are so much more obvious…and they will actually demand to have them met. 😉 But with the older ones, having one-on-one quality time together, or even time with just 2 or 3 of them, is a challenge.
My baby step for January is to plan with each of my older 4 children one activity or outing that just the 2 of us will go do together before the end of the month.
I have other goals as well, but those are the main ones that have an action plan thought out. Feel free to ask me how I’m doing as the month progresses…a few weeks in I might need a kick in the rear, or at least some friendly accountability. At the beginning of February I’ll let y’all know how I did and what next month’s baby steps are if they haven’t come up in other posts before then.
So what are your goals for 2016? What steps are you taking today or this week or month to reach them?