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This year I have been working on my goals using the help of Lara Casey’s Powersheets. The Powersheets workbook has been so helpful in allowing me to easily organize my thoughts on paper and more clearly identify my goals and break them down into steps. I have loved it so far and am excited to be taking steps to accomplishing all of my yearly goals.
With Powersheets, you are encouraged to break down your goals each month on a “Tending List”. The Tending List helps you write out what goals or habits need to be worked on monthly, weekly or daily. And you get little check boxes next to each line item that you can check off as you accomplish it (super score for me, who loved the gold star method as a child). I shared my yearly goals with you a couple months ago, but for further accountability, I am going to start sharing my monthly tending lists with you as well.
MY MARCH TENDING LIST
- Complete Units 1,2 & 3 of Elite Blog Academy – This is actually a course that I started working on A YEAR AGO. So I decided last month that I would start from the beginning and finish the course by the end of the summer. There are 12 units total, and I have a 3 month old, so this goal seems possible in my ideal world.
- Clean out Tshirts – In college, I was in a sorority. For those of you who were also involved in Greek Life, you understand the kind of undertaking this will be. I probably have about 200 tshirts right now. And that is after giving away a ton of them when I graduated. Lord, help me.
- Organize my Medical Bills – In the last three months, I have now had three surgeries. That has made mail time at the Givens house rather complicated because so many doctors want me and my insurance to pay them and the instructions on how to handle that seem to have been lost. So I am going to have to put on my adult pants and figure it out.
- Date Night with Eric – This is a recurring monthly goal, since one of my yearly goals is to grow my marriage. I have no idea what we will do for a date night yet this month (likely something free due to earlier mentioned medical bills). The nice part for Eric and I is that we have several willing babysitters, since my parents and sister live in town. So all we have to do for this goal is commit to a date!
- Read 2 chapters of a book: One of my yearly goals is to read a book a month. January – CHECK!; February – …. I read 2 chapters total of my February book (The Power of Habit) and need a better way to stick to my goal. So I am going to set weekly goals for myself and aim to hit those, so I can make progress on my yearly goal.
- Publish 1 blog post: I have so many things I want to tell you guys but I have not made the time to write consistently! So one of my weekly goals is to write and publish one post a week. Get excited.
- Take a photo of Kinsley: This is a ‘gimme goal’. I like to put a super easy goal on my tending list so that I can for sure have something that I get to check off all the boxes to. I want to make sure I have a photo of Kinsley each week so I can see how she grows. Babies change so fast and I don’t want to miss anything!
- Write out my weekly to-do’s: I rarely end up doing this, but my week always goes so much better when I write out my to-do lists and appointments in my Simplified Planner (get yours here, and it’s on sale!) each Sunday. I can meal plan, and get a heads up on ordering gifts or sending out birthday cards if I take just 15 minutes to write out my week.
- Read my Bible: My yearly goal is to read my bible in whole in 365 days. I am following a reading plan that has kept me on track so far and now I just have to keep working through it. Making this a daily goal has helped me build my reading time into a habit, which is also a huge plus.
- Pray with Eric: A couple of years ago, Eric and I made it a point to pray together everyday. Currently our routine is to pray together before we go to bed, but that has been a little tricky lately since one of us is usually putting Kinsley to bed while the other one goes ahead to bed. So I put it on the tending list so we have a daily reminder to get back in our routine and make this a priority.
- 30 minutes of me time: It is so important to make time for yourself, no matter what stage of life you are in. I really struggle with that or I spend my me-time vegging out in front of the TV. While relaxing with the TV isn’t awful, I would rather go for a walk or take a nap. This month, since I am recovering from major surgery, my me time is going to be much more napping than anything else. Maybe reading. But 30 minutes just to myself is very needed!
That covers my March 2017 Tending list! If you set monthly goals for yourself, I would love to read them! Please share in the comments!
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