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10 Goals for This Week

I skipped posting weekly goals last week and posted my Goals for 2012 instead. But I’m back into the swing of things with our weekly goals list again. Here’s my list of goals for the last two weeks of December:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The First Four Years.

2. Do some fun Christmas crafts/activities with the children and continue unwrapping and reading 2-3 Christmas books each day.

3. Plan out Personal, Financial, Business, Marriage, and Family Goals for 2012 with Jesse.

Personal Goals

4. Finish reading  Getting Things Done, Benjamin Rush, The Now Habit, Personal Investing: The Missing Manual, Recipes for Making Homemade A Little Easier.

5. Run 18 miles {total}.

6. Plan out books to read for 2012.

Home Management Goals

7. Make Homemade Marshmallows.

Business Goals

8. Finish 21 Days to a More Organized Christmas series.

9. Fly to Chicago to record The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget as an audiobook {more details on the release date of the audiobook coming soon!}

10. Get my passport {more details on why I’m getting this coming soon! ;) }

And here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The Imagination Station: Secret of the Prince’s Tomb.

2. Start ice-skating lessons for the children.

3. Have a date night with my husband to celebrate our nine-year anniversary!

Personal Goals

4. Finish reading A Deeper Kind of Calm.

5. Complete week 2 of the Couch to 5K program + run an additional 5 miles.

6. Write one handwritten note of encouragement.

7. Finish listening to the Developing the Leader Within You audiobook.

8. Finish knitting the Squidge dishcloth.

Business Goals

9. Finish writing an article for

10. Release my book, The Money Saving Mom®’s Budget {squee!!!! I have lots of fun things planned for the release week. Stay tuned for more details!}.

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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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  • Julie says:

    Happy Anniversary!! 🙂

  • Dorethia says:

    I did the C2K program once – I love it! Er.. gotta start over now though 🙂 Thanks for the motivation – revamping MY weekly goals list!

  • Patty says:


    That is a great idea setting goals for the week! I like how you separate them by categories…good for you! I need to do that 🙂

    Have a great week!
    Patty at

  • My home goals for the week are: Do my weekly tasks on their assigned days so our house stays in good shape after a motivated-by-the-doorbell clean-up this weekend.

    My writing goals are: Get my freelance articles for the month written this week (not the day before they’re due!). Finish editing my e-book so it can go out to my wonderful proof-readers!

    My Mama Goals: Be done with all of that before the kids have a day off of school so I can enjoy our time together without those things hanging over my head!

  • I am going to *finally* finish Couch to 5K this week! I should have finished it on December 9 if I’d kept up with it every week, but it just didn’t happen these last few weeks. Since we moved a week ago, I’m not being too ambitious with any other goals.

  • Jessica says:

    My anniversary is in mid January too! (but you are 2 years ahead of me, we’ll be celebrating 7 years) Happy Anniversary!

  • Kandace says:

    I got the email from Amazon that your book has shipped. So excited!

  • Casey says:

    Just out of curiosity, if you are already able to run longer distances, why are you doing the Couch to 5K plan? Is there benefit for a more experienced runner to revisit this plan?

    • Crystal says:

      I was planning to start the Couch to 10K plan this year, but it strongly recommended that you complete the Couch the 5K plan first. Since I’d not completed that before, I decided I’d just go ahead and do it first, before I started in on the Couch to 10K plan.

      I’m also working on improving my endurance and times, so I thought I’d try this and see if it makes any difference.

      And by the way, yes, I’ve run 3.1 miles without stopping before, but I would not consider myself an “experienced runner” by any stretch of the imagination. Two years ago, I couldn’t even run a half mile without stopping! 🙂

  • Ashley says:

    I love the allyou magazine. When is your article going to be in it??

  • Wani says:

    my hubby and I just celebrated our 9yrs too!!

  • Happy Anniversary!

    I’m working hard to enter that publishing contest you wrote about a month or so ago.

  • This week I’m flushing out my goal action plan for the year and hoping to get it up on my site as a FREE download, follow my menu plan, finish Entreleadership and a couple magazines, work on a top notch post for next week on my site, plus workout at least twice! (All in addition to my full-time “real” job!)

  • Esther says:

    My goals include continuing to work out every morning before the kids and hubby wake up, sticking to our menu plan and starting a new read aloud with the kids. They’re small goals, but I have to start somewhere!
    I took your idea of getting up early to have a little quiet time before the day started and I can’t tell you how much more productive I feel. Exercising for 45 minutes and taking a few minutes for myself first thing in the morning has helped me start the day in the most pleasant attitude. Thanks for posting your weekly goals–I always seem to find some inspiration in them.
    Congratulations on your anniversary and your book release!! It’s going to be a great January!

  • Laura says:

    I like your encouraging note idea. It goes along with thanking people, I just read a book about the importance of remembering to thank people. Same line of thinking :-).

  • jennifer in tn says:

    Crystal, your lists have been encouraging and motivational for me (don’t bite off more than you can chew, but bite off something! 🙂 )

    Two questions: How do you choose what goes on the list AND Do you have another list for errands/quick ‘to-do’s’? I see on your list that you have long-term things (Couch to 5K, book release) and then short stuff (set up lessons, write a note). Would this be the list for returning library books, buying stamps, getting pictures printed, getting so-and-so a new pair of shoes or whatever (things that aren’t regular but that crop up and need to be done)?

    My question seems unclear even to me. I’m just trying to see what I do and what other people do and see if I’m being realistic with how much I expect myself to get done in a week. 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      I recently switched over to a paperless system. I use the To-Do app on my phone to assign dates to all my weekly goals and to also keep track of all to-dos. So far, it’s working really well!

      As far as choosing goals, I look at my Yearly Goal list and start with that for planning weekly goals. And then I add in other to-do’s or projects I want to accomplish. Keeping it to 10 items helps me to not bite off way more than I can chew.

  • Great goals. My husband and I haven’t had a date night in forever, maybe I should add that into my next goals. Good luck on your goals and congrats on the book release. 🙂

  • Jennifer B. says:

    I haven’t participated in the weekly goals posts before, so here’s my first shot at it:
    1. Finish organizing coupons
    2. Menu plan for the week & post a blog about it
    3. Work on laundry during lunch breaks
    4. Work on housecleaning during lunch breaks
    5. Make it to 4 weight training classes at the gym (total)
    6. Finish reading First Place 4 Health
    7. Write & send thank you notes from my birthday
    8. Finish up 2011 filing & make folders for 2012
    9. Crochet a scarf
    10. Spend daily time in the Word

  • Samantha says:

    Happy 9th Anniversary! You and Jesse inspire me!!

  • Sheila says:

    1 continue Bible reading plan
    2 have fun with my hubby on our Tue & Thur day trips (1 is to find a rental in the town we are moving to, the other is a fun encouraging pastors & wives day)
    3 pack as much as I can live without in my kitchen
    4 clean out paperwork trash in my office
    5 keep up with motivated mom calendar
    6 develop a plan to make my business successful in our new town.
    7 hide the gray 🙂
    8 read 1/2 hour a day
    9 take vitamin daily
    10 in bed by 10:30
    11 eight glasses of water daily
    12 connect with fellow pastors’ wives & figure out one or two to ask to be my accountability partners (part of our Thur day trip)

  • Trish says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a journey it has been for you too. Thanks for sharing in the process that got you two here.

  • Koree says:

    I finished fleshing out yearly goals. Plan to read more of Firefly Lane (January’s book), make a wreath (January’s craft), only spend 20$ this week on food, save $5, finish buying textbooks, pay off credit card. Most importantly attend class nightly and be on time for work everyday!!

  • Retro Mother says:

    Just had a go at 10 of my own goals – great fun and brilliant for focusing me!

  • Happy Anniversary! 🙂 Thanks for the link up!

    I currently have my passport but am working on getting a Travel Visa for myself and passports for the kids. Looking forward to hearing about trip you have planned! Traveling for work or fun is always an adventure. 🙂

  • Alice says:

    Happy anniversary! My husband and I will have our 3 year anniversary (6 years together) tomorrow! I hope your children enjoy their ice skating lessons; I loved my skating lessons as a kid.

    My goals for the week are to go to the gym 3 times and to read your book when it arrives!

  • Ac says:

    Happy Anniversary! We celebrated 9 years in December. 🙂 I can’t hardly believe this year will have been 10 years. It’s gone so quickly.

  • Karen says:

    Congrats on celebrating 9 years!

  • angel says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  • My goals for this week are to take better care of myself by:

    1. Bible Reading and Journaling every morning;
    2. Drinking water throughout the day;
    3. Exercising daily;
    4. Having fun.

    I am great at getting the to do list accomplished, but not so great at taking care of myself sometimes.

  • Amber S. says:

    I love the idea of setting goals for each week! I followed your lead on setting goals for the year, so I figured why not follow your weekly example too?! Thanks for what you do-you’re a blessing and an encouragement!

  • jennifer says:

    So excited about your book coming out!!!

  • Anne Marie says:

    I love the goals posts on the website. They give me ideas and motivation to set my own.

  • Steph says:

    Happy Anniversary! I can’t wait to get my copy of your book – my mom pre-ordered it for me as a birthday gift!

  • Samantha V. says:

    I have 2 goals this week, get my 2 year old potty trained (& not loose patience through her NO phase she is almost over with, only said it twice today), and work out at least 30 minutes 5 days this week.. She needs to be out of diapers and I need to loose 30 lbs by May 1st =]

  • Megan B says:

    Congrats on the anniversary!! Keeping my goals simple for now, and only what I think I can accomplish in a week. Still fighting off this cold so I have to take it easy.

  • Happy Anniversary!
    I’m continuing with my January goals and am making some headway. Taking my multivitamin everyday which seemed like the easiest goal, has so far, not proven to be successful. But I am determined! 🙂

  • Jenn says:

    please share how you liked the book

  • Misty says:

    You have inspired me in this new year, with my goal setting, couponing, meal planning, book-reading, and even crocheting! 🙂

  • Ebony says:

    Happy Anniversary! Please do keep the inspirations coming!!

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