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10 Weekly Goals

I fell off the self-discipline bandwagon last week. I stayed up way too late every night and then got up late every single morning. I only exercised twice, I didn’t stay focused, and I was completely off our usual routine.

So yes, it was one of those weeks where I felt like I completely bombed life. The good news? Today starts a fresh new week and, by the grace of God, I got up early, exercised, and feel much more back on track. Now here’s to hoping the momentum can continue…

Last week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The Cabin Faced West aloud to the children.

2. Work on our current habit training project.

3. Take both girls out on individual “dates” with me.

Personal Goals

4. Run 12 miles (total).

5. Finish readingWomanly Dominion. Still working on EntreLeadership and He Heard Hannah (advance review copy).

6. Listen to Poke the Box audiobook.

7. Finish Rag Quilt.

Home Management Goals

8. Spend 10 minutes picking up/cleaning our bedroom/bathroom every day (I’ve really been working with the children on keeping their room/bathroom cleaned and I realized that I’ve not been setting the best example for them!).

Business Goals

9. Shoot video for 31 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget series.

10. Get new business cards printed.

Here are this week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The Cabin Faced West and Sarah Witcher’s Story aloud to the children.

2. Take the children to the pumpkin patch and the corn maze (Yay for Groupons!).

Personal Goals

3. Run 10 miles (total).

4. Finish reading Angel in the Rubble, EntreLeadership, The Rose Conspiracy, He Heard Hannah, and A New Kind of Normal. (Don’t ask me why I’m being so ambitious with my reading list. But I’m hoping maybe aiming high will help me get through my huge stack of books to read faster. I have no idea whether it will work, but we’ll see!)

5. Finish Rag Quilt and knitted dishcloth.

6. Go to bed by 10 p.m. every night. (If I follow through with this simple goal, my whole week should be incredibly improved!)

Home Management Goals

7. Spend 10 minutes picking up/cleaning our bedroom/bathroom every day (I’ve really been working with the children on keeping their room/bathroom cleaned and I realized that I’ve not been setting the best example for them!).

8. Do one load of laundry from start to finish every day.

Business Goals

9. Shoot video for 31 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget series.

10. Outline our workshop for the Relevant conference with my husband.

How did you do on last week’s goals? What are your goals for this week? If you feel comfortable doing so, I’d love to have you share your progress on last week’s goals and your goals for this coming week in the comments. Let’s cheer each other on to live purposeful and productive lives!

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  • BethB says:

    It’s refreshing to hear even you have off weeks once in awhile. 😉

    My main goals are to continue with my baby step kitchen deep clean and re-org (I’m trying not to think about having to do the basement next!), continue working on establishing better spiritual practices (we just joined a new church and start membership classes next weekend), and to be more mindful of how I feel as I go about accomplishing all my littla goals. I’ve been feeling a little strung out and I think I’m trying to do too much.

    Getting up earlier was a goal too but that got pushed to the back burner. With this warm weather I’ve been having trouble sleeping. Getting more rest has replaced that goal for this week.

  • Denise says:

    I don’t know who said this, but I love it. “Don’t measure a person by how many times they fall down; rather, measure a person by how many times they get back up.” May not be an exact quote, either, but I have it posted in my home. My ‘person’ is pretty much always ‘me’. Yep, I fall down. Falling down isn’t as much a failure as not getting back up. Good job on the fresh start – hoping you have a successful week 😀

  • Jaimie Rachal says:

    You’re to-do list has inspired me to create my own. I always plan to get up early to work-out, but oversleep. Thanks for the motivation!! 🙂

  • Last week was a hard week for us and I can’t exactly pinpoint why. I am ready to get back on focus to moving forward. So with that here are my weekly goals.

  • Erin says:

    Hi Crystal, I just wanted to let you know that one of your links doesn’t seem to be working…the current habit training project that you crossed off. It took me to a yahoo search page for some reason. Thanks, Erin

  • Erin says:

    I really admire your short, personalized to-do lists. I’ve been reading up on making a home-making binder, and I think I could benefit from giving myself more grace. I tend to build lofty goal atop goal, and I end up completing nothing! Thanks for being such a motivating teacher, I’m thankful for the great content 🙂

  • Kim Weisbrod says:

    Hello! I LOVE your site! Read it everyday! I loved when you gave a short review on the books you read. You get to so many and I would love to hear your review of them!! Thanks for all all you do!

    • Crystal says:

      I’m thinking about starting to do this on a weekly basis, because I’ve been reading more and doing it on a monthly basis doesn’t seem to work. We’ll see!

  • Crystal says:

    Don’t be too hard on yourself! You still got a lot done. I think it is hard sometimes to create realistic and obtainable goals.

    If I don’t reach a goal, I try to modify it for the next week to something related to it that I can obtain. So last week, I wanted to scrap 4 pages and this week, I just want to scrap something. 🙂

    You can read the rest of my goals on my blog! Have a great day!

  • I need to memorize every bone in the body by Wednesday! I’d say that’s a big goal 😉

  • This week’s goals:

    Finish making a dress for my oldest
    Make a jumper for her
    Cut out another jumper for her
    Make a velvet rose scarf for her birthday and take pictures for a pending tutorial

    Make a leather mountain man bag for my son for Christmas (I got the leather this week for $1 at a garage sale)
    Make a rabbit-skin quiver for the same son for Christmas

    Clean up dead things in the garden
    Plant some of my fall garden

    Home: Make 3 batches laundry soap
    Get laundry done, including felting several wool sweaters

    Canning: Make applesauce with the rest of the apples in the garden

    Website: Get a new recipe up!

  • MK Jorgenson says:

    Not just every week, but His mercies are new EVERY morning…major comfort in that! 😀

  • Jennifer says:

    There was definitely something in the air last week. It was a weird, crazy week for us too. Luckily we can all regroup and start fresh today for a new shot at completing our to-do lists.

  • Johnlyn says:

    Instead of goals (which seemed to overwhelm me) I’m going with the one word concept.

    (skip down past my menu plan)

  • I had a not so great week last week too. My kids were off their game too and had the attitudes to prove it.

    Here’s my goals for next week:

    Thanks for posting this each week. It helps me a lot.

  • Steph says:

    Something must have been in the air because last week was a total wash for me too. But writing a list of things I intend to accomplish has been a great help to me. Thank you for your honesty and for the encouragement!

  • That’s so funny because when I looked at the highlights from last week I thought “Wow, Crystal did so many cool things this week at home.” I guess they just weren’t things you had “planned” to do.

  • Michelle says:

    I hear you – I can NEVER get to bed on time, then the next day is always shot. Then I end up staying up late to get it all done, and on and on the vicious cycle goes…

  • I don’t necessarily set specific weekly goals, but I definitely had an “off” week last week, too. However, on Friday I slept for 10 hours (!!) and then caught up on cleaning and laundry on Saturday. I have a meal plan for the week and did some prep-work for it yesterday. Plus I managed to get up and exercise today! So I’m feeling much more prepared for this week….I’m going to stay on top of things!

  • Melissa says:

    Saw that you were reading Sarah Whitcher’s story. Our last name is Whitcher, and we are actually related to her. No biggie to many, but exciting for us.

  • Kristy says:


    Are you working from a reading list for the read alouds as they all sound excellent! If you are would you consider sharing it?

  • I had a couple weeks like that last month. Just couldn’t seem to stay focused on things I’d planned to do… mainly because so many unplanned cropped up that needed to be done right then. Last week, I did pretty good though. Here’s my new list:

  • Karen says:

    I did okay last week. We stayed on track with our meal planning and actually eating what we had planned for that night. Our grocery budget went a bit overboard, but that was because of a meat sale that we decided we needed to take advantage of, it will definitely save us money in the long run. This week I am hoping to get my coupon binder finished, the computer area cleaned up and all three kitchen counters cleared and kept clear. The last one will be the hardest!

  • Good to know that I’m not the only one who loses my self-discipline at times. The last few weeks have been fairly hectic for me and I’ve used too many excuses for not being as organized and getting things done like I should. I’m really getting back on track this week. Ironically, I’m blogging a series called “31 Days Of Follow Through” because I really need to improve on my follow through, and I’m already behind on Day 3!! Here’s my goals:

  • Penny says:

    This is the first time I have shared my goals..I am hoping that it will help me to be more accountable with my time.

    You can read them here:

    I really enjoy reading everyone’s goals and find it encouraging!

  • TeamBonk says:

    Well, I found myself alone at home for about 5 hours today (which, with 4 children, is a very rare occurance!) so I made quite a dent in my to-do list today. What a lovely feeling!

    The main goal for my week to come is to be peaceful. I want to really strive to be calm and prepared and not constantly be rushing about, bouncing from one place/activity to the next.

    We’re celebrating Thanksgiving today up here in Canada and a dear woman I know lost her husband suddenly yesterday … leaving her and their two, sweet, dear daughters. This has really jolted me so my other goal for the week is to be present … to really be with my family/husband/children when I’m with them. To realize how precious every moment really is.

    And a spin off of this is my goal to start some physical fitness for myself. I really owe it to my children and husband to be as healthy as I can be!

  • I am reading EntreLeadership and what a pleasant surprise to see Dave talk about you in the book. That is very exciting. Congrats.

  • I actually did pretty good with my goals for last month, it kinda surprised me. October is such a busy month for us with 2 birthdays and a wedding anniversary; I’m not sure how my new goals will go.
    My goals post is at:

  • Dawn says:

    Oh how I wish I was attending Relevant and could meet you in person!

    I am 28 weeks pregnant and my goals are to shower every day, put the kids to bed clean and fed every night and get at least one load of laundry done every day and run the dishwasher every night. I kept trying to make a larger list and immediately feel guilty that I can’t seem to keep up. So I decided to stop making a list other than these basics:)

    • Sara says:

      I’m 33.5 weeks pregnant and right there with you! Here’s my current survival plan of prioritization – (1.) feed, clothe and bathe my family, and generally try to be kind and patient with them…although I just feel like whining! Ummm…did you know morning sickness can return in last trimester – joy! (2.) do anything that has a deadline (3.) do anything others might be waiting on me to finish (4.) Crash and sleep (5.) Repeat. 🙂 Best of luck to you!

  • Amanda says:

    I didn’t do so great this week either! :-/
    Here’s my post about it!

  • Marlana says:

    I did much better on my goals this week this last week thanks to deactivating my facebook!!! I think I’m going to keep it that way. I didn’t realize how many 15 minutes here and there I was losing. And it was my kids that first got me thinking about it. They do not get TV or video games, and just a few minutes of computer a week (for changing out music on their shuffles, or typing an essay). And I realized I needed to set a better example of time management!

  • Kelly says:

    Any suggestions on a book to read aloud to boys ages 5, 6 & 7? Thanks!

  • I was lucky, my son was away with his grandparents for a few days last week, so I got most of my list done!

    This week, amongst other things, my main goal is to finish that scarf I’ve been working on forever!

  • katie t says:

    hi! i just wanted to add my two cents about how your blog continues to inspire me daily! i get your emails daily and love every bit of them, from coupon deals, to freezer cooking and to personal goals..etc. i have started making a weekly goal list and it seems to help {ive always been a list person, but i created catagories like yours, mothering,personal, wife/friend, etc} on top of daily goals i like to complete. i dont always complete my weekly goals {or realistically my daily goals} but i try and not beat my self up about that…{struggling to let go of perfectionism} lol. i am about 6 months pregnant now so i dont beat myself up if i dont wake up at my goal time 8-830…however, i’ve been doing great at going to bed at 10:00 even though im up throughout the night visiting the restroom…{thats understandable though in my condition} hehe. thanks again for your inspiration and keep up the good work! 🙂 katie

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