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10 Goals for This Week

I’ve been working on not procrastinating and getting things done early — and I’ve been amazed at how this has increased my productivity, enabled me to do a better job on chipping away at my goals, and has given me more margin time. I know I should already know this by now, but I’m still surprised — and delighted! 🙂

Here’s my list of goals for last week:

Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals

1. Play a game with the girls.

2. Write a love note to Jesse.

3. Weekend trip with Jesse for our 10 year anniversary!

Personal Goals

4. Memorize Romans 1:1-4.

5. Extra rest and liquids to help me recover from the flu.

6. Finish reading For the Children’s Sake, Lead Your Family Like JesusA Woman’s Place: A Novel and 20,000 Days and Counting: The Crash Course for Mastering Your Life Right Now.

Homemaking Goals

7. Do the Freezer Cooking in an Hour session.

8. Finish 25 rows of the scarf for Kathrynne (I finish Kaitlynn’s scarf a few weeks ago and am now working on a matching scarf for Kathrynne.)

Business Goals

9. Work on the second round of edits for chapters 4, 5, and 6 of my next book.

10. Finish two guest posts for other sites.

Here’s my list of goals for this week:

Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals

1. Read five chapters of Vinegar Boy: Encounter Christ Through the Dramatic Story of Vinegar Boy aloud at lunch. Read three chapters of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh at dinner. Read three chapters of The Amazon Stranger with Kathrynne, read three chapters of Little House on the Prairie with Kaitlynn, read three chapters of Farming with Father to Silas.

2. Play at least one game of Scrabble together as a family.

Personal Goals

3. Memorize Romans 1:5-6.

4. Finish writing all Christmas thank yous.

5. Exercise 5 times.

6. Finish reading You Can Raise a Well-Mannered Child, The Shelter of God’s Promises, The Duck Commander Family, and The Good Life for Less.

Homemaking Goals

7. Do a Freezer Cooking in an Hour session.

8. Finish 30 rows of the scarf for Kathrynne.

Business Goals

9. Work on the second round of edits for three chapters of my next book.

10. Finish two guest posts for other sites.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Of, if you’ve blogged about it, leave your direct link below. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives!

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  • I can’t believe you crossed all the items off your goal list while so many of you had the flu! Avoiding procrastination definitely worked for you this week 🙂 I met my #3in30 goals for the week and even had a last minute trip out of town to see family this weekend. This coming week, I’m really looking forward to finalizing paperwork from our move in December. I’m ready for it to be done.

    • Crystal says:

      It may have also helped that I picked pretty easy goals and that we stayed home all week (except for the weekend trip). It’s amazing how much more I get done when we stay home more. 🙂

      • Kren says:

        I agree the more we stay home the more we get done. The days we go out I feel like we just haven’t accomplished anything except running from here to there and I am just wore out afterward.

  • Melissa says:

    Did I miss it? What is the topic of your next book?!

    I love the idea of playing a game as a family. We should add that for this weekend.

  • Wow. I’m with Tammy – in awe that you got all of them done last week. Totally impressive. 🙂

  • Victoria says:

    Congratulations on successfully killing all your goals from last week! I am impressed considering you were sick. Glad to here you felt better by the weekend in time for your getaway with the hubby. My theme for goals this month is being a better steward with the food I buy. I did okay this week, but I did not kill it. My husband’s homemade pizza night blew eating just what we had on hand out of the water, but it was so good, I really didn’t care. Back on track this week hoping to use up some more odds and ends that have been buried in the freezer for a while.

  • Meredith says:

    Yeah, when I had the flu (it ended about four days ago), the only thing I did was watch TV, sleep, and I made it to the grocery store two times.

    I almost crossed everything off too except we visited family this weekend so reading to my daughter (and mind for that matter) didn’t get met because we weren’t at home.

  • Jaimie R. says:

    I’m reading The Duck Commander Family as well and love it!

  • Not sure how much I’ll get done this week with several of us sick with the flu…

  • That’s awesome!

    I did well last week, but I kept the goals low. This week my husband is insanely busy so we are keeping it pretty lowkey. But…

    Here are mine: finish two books I’m currently reading (The Blue Castle and Kitchen Counter Cooking School), Read 5 chapters from chapter book to kids, Send 5 cards out, Go to park at least once with kids, post 4x on my blog, write a guest post…

  • Meredith M. says:

    I love that you have your goals post up so early! My #1 goal this week is to finish getting the house and the details ready for my daughter’s 5th birthday party which will be at our house this Friday!
    Have a great week:)

  • Shelly says:

    Wow, you were able to get all your goals done while you had the flu. I am really impressed.

    Our week went fairly well and over half my goals were accomplished. I am hoping to stay better on track this week. I really would like to get some extra writing done this week but I will have to see how it goes. I did get a few things done which were not on my goal list, which just came up as the week progressed.

    I hope all of you are fully recovered from the flu and you have a great week.

  • Dawn S says:

    Crystal, I would love to see a video (made when the kids are unaware) of you reading to your children during meals. I think it would be interesting and an opportunity to learn how to incorporate this activity into my household. Seeing how you handle the routine happenings of meal time with children would be beneficial for many parents. At my table, there is quite often bickering, messes, requests for seconds and complaints about what is served (compliments, too!). How do you keep your children focused as well as yourself?

    • Crystal says:

      Hmm, I guess since we started from a young age, they are used to it and usually we have minimal interruptions. In addition, they are usually all so engaged with the story that it’s not an issue.

      • Meredith M. says:

        I’ve read to my kids during lunch time, when I’m not eating, so do you not eat at the same time as the kids?

        • Crystal says:

          I usually am done within 3-5 minutes leaving plenty of time for reading (I typically eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day versus three larger ones).

  • Great job on accomplishing all your goals last week! Thanks for the link up.

  • It seems like everyone is getting the flu this year. (Although, I’ve missed it so far…) Glad you are feeling better!

    Keeping my goals super simple again this week. Simple definitely works for me.. 🙂

  • Dena says:

    Wow! I am impressed! I am such a baby when I am sick and to think of all that you accomplished. I am wondering how you stumble onto the many books I see that you are constantly reading? I am like you in that I am always reading at least 3 books at a time! Sometimes more. Do you have a favorite reading list that you can share with us? Also, can you share, or have you already shared about being a more frugal clothing shopper?
    Thanks, you and your blog are such a blessing to me! =)

  • Trish says:

    Great job last week.

    I have been having a horrible time procrastinating the last few weeks. I need to get out of my funk and start moving.

  • Crystal,

    I cannot thank you enough for being so inspiring.. This goal post is terrific. I have not been getting through my to do list lately and so this would be very helpful. Thanks again for all that you do. This site is so informative. I also love your blog books. I am now trying really hard with mine. Additionally you have inspired me to try to work from home. I feel so much more fulfilled.

    All the best,


  • I love how you finished everything on your list! I guess not procrastinating and getting things done early really works.

    I accomplished a major goal last week. We finally saved up enough money for me to quit to my day job, and I gave my notice there!! 🙂

  • Kimberly says:

    I had a busy week at work with several committee meetings after school (I’m a teacher) as well as some changes at home. But the few goals I had were met….fix my son’s favorite meal (spaghetti and meat balls) on Wednesday for his birthday….celebrate his birthday on Saturday with family….and learn how to finish the top part of a hat I knitted for my husband. Didn’t know how to create the circle part at the top and then seam together….but I learned and it was much easier than I thought.

    Now I’m learning to knit with Starbella yarn to make a cascading scarf. Have you ever used that type of yarn? Google it if you’ve never seen it….so pretty! I’d love to see the pattern or a picture of the scarves you are making for your girls. I find knitting so relaxing, even though I’m not as good at it as I want to be. But I can do dish cloths and scarves and I’ve made 1 baby blanket and 1 hat!

  • Marianne says:

    Thanks for being so inspiring! I look forward to reading your blog daily!

  • Kim says:

    Thank you for doing this. I have never been this motivated to set my goals, break them down and work them out to completion.

    I appreciate you!

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