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10 Goals for this week (+ a link-up!)

Well, last week I told you that I’d completely fallen off the bandwagon. This past week was much better. Not anywhere near where I’d like it to be, but sometimes I think I tend to have unrealistic expectations of myself.

I went to bed before midnight every night but Saturday night and I got up before 7 a.m. every morning but Sunday morning. That’s headway, at least.

And our homeschooling schedule went really well, we accomplished a lot fun projects and reading together, and I spent a lot more time playing with and just enjoying my children last week. That’s likely one thousand times more important than the other things that didn’t get crossed off the to-do list!

So I’m trying to just be thankful for the progress made and not be discouraged that I still have a very long way to go. Babysteps, babysteps, right? 🙂

Last 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 and A New Kind of Normal. Still working on EntreLeadership, The Rose Conspiracy, He Heard Hannah,

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.

The knitted dishcloth I’m working on this week

Here are this week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Paul Revere and The Imagination Station: Showdown With the Shepherd aloud to the children.

2. Take children to a soccer game.

3. Take at least 30 pictures of the children this week (I’ve been trying to train myself to take more pictures; I always seem to forget and then we miss having photos of some of our most special moments and memories!)

Personal Goals

4. Run 10 miles (total).

5. Finish reading EntreLeadership, The Rose Conspiracy, He Heard Hannah, Kisses from Katie, and In Search of Balance.

6. Finish Rag Quilt and knitted dishcloth.

7. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. every night.

Home Management Goals

8. Follow this 15-minutes-a-day cleaning schedule (this is an experiment to see if this works any better than my current system!)

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

Business Goals

10. Finish writing and do a run-through of our workshop the Relevant conference with my husband.

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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!

You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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!

You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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10 Weekly Goals

Last week flew by in a blur! Preparing for the “How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half” workshop I gave on Saturday ended up taking more time than I expected (those types of things always do, don’t they?!), but it was every bit worth it–especially as it’s a workshop I’m planning to give multiple times over the next year.

In addition, some unexpected and time-sensitive things popped up that I had to take care of for my book’s release. (It’s not releasing until January 10, 2012, but it is amazing how many marketing and publicity things have to be taken care of months in advance!).

So needless to say, my personal reading and exercise (and that rag quilt I was supposed to finish) had to get mostly shelved. But it’s looking like this week is going to be a lot more calm and quiet, so I’m looking forward to more reading and running and sewing than I was able to carve out last week!

By the way, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with life or just would love to have more order and structure (I’m always working on improving there!), Amy is doing a 31 Days to Get It Together series that you’ll likely find helpful. She constantly inspires me!

Here’s the progress I made on last week’s goals:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The Imagination Station: Problems in Plymouth aloud to the children.

2. Go to see Courageous (Loved it! Highly, highly recommended for adults!)

3. Work on our current habit training project.

Personal Goals

4. Run 12 miles (total).

5. Finish reading Eat Mor Chikin. Still working on EntreLeadership and Womanly Dominion.

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. Finish putting together talk + handouts for a speaking engagement this week.

Here are this 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 reading EntreLeadership, Womanly Dominion, 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.

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!

You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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10 Goals for This Week

I found many nuggets of truth as I read Tribes by Seth Godin last week. Here’s one quote I was especially inspired by:

“There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of ideas. Ordinary folks can dream up remarkable stuff fairly easily. What’s missing is the will to make the ideas happen. -Seth Godin, Tribes, page 42

Written, specific goals put feet to your dreams. And for me personally, when I have a list of realistic written goals for each week, I’m much more motivated–and I get a lot more done. Plus, it’s so encouraging to look back on the week and see that chipping away at my goals each day resulted in many completed projects at the end of a week!

Here’s last week’s goal list:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The Courage of Sarah Noble aloud to the children. (In case you’re attentive and noticed I changed our read aloud goal from last week: I got mixed up on our assigned reading for homeschooling and thought it was Sarah: Plain and Tall when, in looking over the school plan last Monday, I realized it was supposed to be The Courage of Sarah Noble.)

2. Take children on a field trip.

Personal Goals

3. Run 12 miles (total).

4. Finish reading All the Money in the World and Tribes.

5. Finish embroidering quilt block for my sister’s baby quilt.

6. Work on Rag Quilt.

Home Management Goals

7. Spend 10 minutes picking up/cleaning our bedroom/bathroom every day

Business Goals

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

9. Finish putting together talk for a speaking engagement next week. (I worked on it, but it’s not finished yet.)

10. Put together a list of speaking topics and speaking page. (In case you’re interested, the finished Speaking Schedule Page is here.)

And here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading The Imagination Station: Problems in Plymouth aloud to the children.

2. Go to see Courageous (Note: we were planning to take the whole family, but thanks to some commentor’s input, it may just be my husband and I going.)

3. Work on our current habit training project.

Personal Goals

4. Run 12 miles (total).

5. Finish reading EntreLeadership, Eat Mor Chikin, and Womanly Dominion.

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. Finish putting together talk + handouts for a speaking engagement this week.

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!

You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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10 Weekly Goals (+ 5 Ways to Guarantee Success at Anything)

Here’s some sage advice from Have a New You By Friday that I thought might encourage some of you in your goal-setting (or just with life in general):

5 Ways to Guarantee Success at Anything

1. Set a goal.

2. Keep your goal reasonable (Don’t bite off more than you can chew.)

3. Don’t second guess yourself.

4. Don’t listen to the naysayers.

5. As Winston Churchill said during a time of war, “Never give up.”

-from Have a New You By Friday, Kevin Leman, page 202

It’s simple, but profound advice. Now what are you waiting for? Go set some goals and start chipping away at them!

Here’s last week’s goal list:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman aloud to the children. {With the garage sale last week, we didn’t do any extra reading outside of the assigned school reading. I aim to remedy that this week as we missed our leisurely afternoon read-aloud time!}

Personal Goals

2. Run 12 miles (total).

3. Go to bed by 10:00 p.m. or before every night.

4. Get up by 6:00 a.m. every morning.

5. Finish reading What Women Fear and When I Lay My Isaac Down. {Still working on All the Money in the World.}

Home Management Goals

6. Make Homemade Oxy-Clean.

7. Go through our house from top to bottom for our garage sale on Thursday.

8. Finish knitting the dishcloth I’m working on.

9. Start working on a rag quilt.

Business Goals

10. Shoot video for 31 Weeks to a Better Grocery Budget series. {Hopefully this will happen this week!}


My finished dishcloth (Experienced knitters: you have my permission to laugh, I’m still working on learning to follow a pattern correctly and not twist my stitches! However, I’m just happy that I actually finished a knitting project. Usually I start them with great intentions and then get frustrated when I mess up, take a bunch of stitches out, and never actually finish it. So the fact that I actually finished this is a big accomplishment for me. Now I just need to work on perfecting the basic stitches! :))

And here are my goals for this week:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Sarah: Plain and Tall aloud to the children.

2. Take children on a field trip.

Personal Goals

3. Run 12 miles (total).

4. Finish reading All the Money in the World and Tribes.

5. Finish embroidering quilt block for my sister’s baby quilt.

6. Work on Rag Quilt.

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!).

Business Goals

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

9. Finish putting together talk for a speaking engagement next week.

10. Put together a list of speaking topics and speaking page.

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!

You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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10 Weekly Goals (+ some thoughts on how to set goals)

Jana emailed in last week and said:

I am intrigued by your goals and the categories you have listed. I seem to find myself “borrowing” from your list only because I am sometimes at a loss for how to set goals and/or what our family’s goals should (or could) be. Do you have any recommendations on books for how to set goals? -Jana

We only have one life to live and I want to make the most of that one life, so I’m constantly re-evaluating my life to make sure I’m living intentionally and purposefully. Longterm and shorterm goals have been a huge help to me in making sure I’m aiming in the right direction in how I’m spending my time.

Before you can know if you are hitting the mark (or at least shooting in the right direction!), you first need to know what direction you are supposed to go in. So you should start by determining your priorities. Once you know what your specific priorities are for the season of life you are in, it is much easier to set goals for each week that would help you move in the direction you hope to be going in.

For instance, I’m not seeking to become a worldclass traveler, an Olympic swimmer, or an inventor right now (nor do I foresee any of those items being on my priority list any time in the distant future, either!) so none of the goals on my weekly goal list are going to push me closer to those things. However, I am seeking to be intentional and purposeful in prioritizing things that would help me improve and excel as a child of God, wife, mother, homeschool teacher, homemaker, blogger, and friend. So pretty much all of the goals on my weekly goal lists right now are made with those priorities in mind.

I wrote more about goal-setting and how to create a personal priorities list in my upcoming book. In addition, I’ve found a lot of helpful encouragement and inspiration this year from Today Matters and Eat That Frog.

Last week’s 8 goals:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading All of a Kind Family and Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims aloud to the children.

2. Make a Wigwam and Teepee.

Personal Goals

3. Run 9 miles (total). {Almost, but not quite!}

4. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. or before every night. {I did really well up until we left for Dallas and then all my good intentions went out the window!}

5. Finish reading Chasing Daylight {Still working on All the Money in the World andWhat Women Fear.}

Home Management Goals

6. Make Homemade Oxy-Clean.

Business Goals

7. Continue working on my presentation for an upcoming speaking engagement.

Ministry Goals

8. Write and send letters to our Compassion children.

And here are this week’s 10 goals:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Davy Crockett: Young Rifleman aloud to the children.

Personal Goals

2. Run 12 miles (total).

3. Go to bed by 10:00 p.m. or before every night.

4. Get up by 6:00 a.m. every morning.

5. Finish reading What Women Fear, All the Money in the World, and When I Lay My Isaac Down.

Home Management Goals

6. Make Homemade Oxy-Clean.

7. Go through our house from top to bottom for our garage sale on Thursday.

8. Finish knitting the dishcloth I’m working on.

9. Start working on a rag quilt.

Business Goals

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

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!

You can download a free customizable weekly goal-planning sheet here.

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