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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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8 Goals for This Week

I took yesterday mostly off from blogging, so today I’m a bit behind and didn’t get these posted this morning like I’d hoped. At any rate, I was really encouraged because I felt like I’d had a really unproductive week. You know, one of those where you just seem to go around and around in circles and accomplish next to nothing?

However, when I sat down to assess last week’s goals and make a list for this week, I was encouraged: maybe I didn’t get everything crossed off, but I really did have a pretty productive week! That was encouraging, as well as an extra motivation for continuing to set weekly goals.

Since Monday was a holiday and we’re going to be out of town the end of this week, I’m only setting eight goals this week, instead of my usual 10. And in an effort to give myself grace and not be unrealistic, I tried to keep the goals pretty simple this week. That way, I’m not starting out already feeling defeated. I’m all about aiming high, but it’s also important to know your own limitations.

Here are last week’s goals:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Homer Price aloud to the children.

2. Continue teaching children table chores.

Personal Goals

3. Run 13 miles (total). {I had an “off-my-game” week in running and only ended up running 9 miles.}

4. Finish reading Quitter and Friendship for Grownups. {Still working on All The Money in the World.}

Home Management Goals

5. Keep the master bathroom clean. (This seems to be the one area in the house that has been sorely neglected recently. I want to implement the ideas from Totally Together to see if I can keep it looking great with just 3-5 minutes of maintenance every day.)

6. Make Homemade Scrubbing Bubbles (third time’s a charm, eh?)

7. Wash, dry, fold, & put away one load of laundry every day.

Business Goals

8. Re-shoot videos and send to publicist.

9. Start working on my presentation for an upcoming speaking engagement.

Ministry Goals

10. Meet an acquaintance who asked for counsel regarding her business.

And here’s this week’s short list:

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).

4. Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. or before every night. 🙂

5. Finish reading What Women Fear, Chasing Daylight, and All the Money in the World.

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.

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 (& an update on last week’s goals)

Someone commented on the goals post last week lamenting the fact that she wasn’t able to get many of her goals accomplished since she had a toddler and a newborn. You know what? I wouldn’t be doing much of any of this if I had a toddler and a newborn, either! In fact, it’s hard for me to even remember what those days were like now that my children all sleep consistently through the night, can dress themselves, help with the chores, and are pretty independent.

I’m sharing my goals as a way to keep myself accountable and to (hopefully!) inspire you to live life on purpose, instead of just letting the hours and days slip by without intention. However, please do not feel like you need to be accomplishing similar things to what I have on my list.

I’m in a relatively easy season of life since my children are 6, 4, and 2 (compared to having them be 4, 1, and newborn, it’s definitely much, much easier!), so I can challenge myself to do more than I have at other seasons because I’m sleeping at least 6 or 7-hour stretches every single night (this makes a world of difference!) and my children are now at the age where they can help out and play independently instead of needing me to do every single little thing for them each day like they did when they were younger.

If you are the mom of very young children who depend upon you for just about everything, make sure and read my post of encouragement to you here. If you accomplish nothing more than keeping everyone fed and diapered and you spend quality time enjoying your children, you are accomplishing a lot! Set microscopic goals and don’t be discouraged if even those don’t get done. Really and truly, it will get easier.

Don’t compare yourself to other moms and feel inadequate if you’re not doing as much as them. Give yourself grace, smile, make your own health a priority, and just love on your babies while they are little! You’ll never regret making them a much higher priority than a clean house or a checked-off to-do list.

Now on to the goals. Here’s what I accomplished off of last week’s list:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Homer Price aloud to the children. {I ended up doing some other reading to them for our school weekly theme and didn’t get to Homer Price. This week, hopefully? :)}

2. Take children on a Nature Walk.

Personal Goals

3. Run 12.5 miles (total).

4. Finish reading Good to Great and Raising a Soul Surfer. {Still working on finishing up Quitter — I’m enjoying it so much that I’m just slowly reading it to try and soak everything up!}

Home Management Goals

5. Vacuum underneath beds.

6. Make homemade soap. {Still haven’t tried the Homemade Scrubbing Bubbles — must do that this next week!}

7. Wash, dry, fold, & put away one load of laundry every day. {Well, I didn’t quite manage to do this, but I did a pretty good job of staying on top of the laundry this week, so that’s progress, right? :)}

Business Goals

8. Re-shoot videos and send to publicist. {Hopefully I’ll get to this this week, time got away from me last week!}

9. Go through my formatted and edited manuscript from the publisher to check for errors in format or content.

Ministry Goals

10. Meet with a friend who asked for counsel.

And here’s this week’s list:

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Homer Price aloud to the children.

2. Continue teaching children table chores.

Personal Goals

3. Run 13 miles (total).

4. Finish reading All The Money in the World (advance copy that I was asked to write an endorsement blurb for), Quitter, and Friendship for Grownups.

Home Management Goals

5. Keep the master bathroom clean. (This seems to be the one area in the house that has been sorely neglected recently. I want to implement the ideas from Totally Together to see if I can keep it looking great with just 3-5 minutes of maintenance every day.)

6. Make Homemade Scrubbing Bubbles (third time’s a charm, eh?)

7. Wash, dry, fold, & put away one load of laundry every day.

Business Goals

8. Re-shoot videos and send to publicist.

9. Start working on my presentation for an upcoming speaking engagement.

Ministry Goals

10. Meet an acquaintance who asked for counsel regarding her business.

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 (& an update on last week’s goals)

I was so blessed and inspired by Dr. Henry Cloud at the Women of Faith conference last week. One of the topics he spoke on was happiness.

He shared three keys that much research has shown led to deep happiness. Want to know what they were? Being a giver, having close friends around you, and setting goals.

I’ve always known that goal-setting gave me much fulfillment and purpose for living life, but I thought it might just be because I’m rather Type A and all. So it was encouraging to me to know that scientific research backs up what I’ve experienced in real-life meaning goal-setting is not just something that helps Type A folks like me. Whether you’re Type A or Type Z, it will positively impact your life!

As promised, here’s an update on my 10 goals for last week:

Last Week’s Goals

1. Start our homeschool year. {We started last Monday and it’s been going really well!}

2. Finish reading Revenge of the Red Knight aloud to the children. {Done.}

3. Put together Busy Bags for Busy Bag Swap. {Done.}

4. Run 12 miles (total). {Only ran 11.5 miles, but I was happy with that since it’s harder for me to fit in exercise while traveling.}

5. Finish reading The Charlotte Mason Companion and Eat That Frog. {Still working on Good to Great.}

6. Vacuum underneath beds. {This one totally slipped through the cracks.}

7. Make Homemade Fruit Leather and Homemade Scrubbing Bubbles. {I didn’t do either of these–time just got away from me!}

8. Wash, dry, fold, & put away one load of laundry every day (except for Thursday-Saturday when I’m in Indianapolis). {I did really well at this on Monday and Tuesday, but didn’t do any laundry the rest of the week–I’m hoping to do better this coming week because it really makes a difference!}

9. Shoot videos and send to publicist. {Done.}

10. Write two birthday cards, one anniversary card, and one thank you note. Help girls write birthday cards to those who have birthdays this week. {Done.}

10 of My Goals for This Week

Note: Since this is a public blog, I won’t be sharing all of my goals (such as my marriage goals, etc.), so if you’re wondering why it seems a little unbalanced in certain areas, that’s why.

Mothering Goals

1. Finish reading Homer Price aloud to the children.

2. Take children on a Nature Walk.

Personal Goals

3. Run 12.5 miles (total).

4. Finish reading Good to Great, Quitter, and Raising a Soul Surfer.

Home Management Goals

5. Vacuum underneath beds.

6. Make Homemade Scrubbing Bubbles and homemade soap.

7. Wash, dry, fold, & put away one load of laundry every day.

Business Goals

8. Re-shoot videos and send to publicist. {She liked the ones I sent last week but wants me to make a few changes and resend them.}

9. Go through my formatted and edited manuscript from the publisher to check for errors in format or content.

Ministry Goals

10. Meet with a friend who asked for counsel.

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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10 Goals For This Week

One of the things I stress in my upcoming book is the importance of goal-setting. Not only has setting goals and breaking them down into bite-sized pieces revolutionized our finances, but it has also been hugely beneficial in our personal lives.

Before each week begins, I set down and map out goals for the following week in six different categories: Marriage, Mothering, Personal, Home Management, Business, Ministry. While I never actually accomplish every single goal on my list, having a written list gives me purpose, focus, accountability.

It’s always encouraging to review the list at the end of week and see what things I accomplished. You know how you have those days and weeks where you feel like you just go around and around in circles cleaning up one mess after another? Well, having written goals to review at the end of the week helps me to see that I actually did something productive during the week!

As a way to keep myself accountable and hopefully inspire you to consider implementing weekly goal-setting, too, I’m going to be sharing my list of 10 goals each Monday morning. I’d love to have you participate by sharing your goals in the comments.

Next Monday, I’ll post a follow-up post with my progress and will encourage you to share your progress, too!

Note: Since this is a public blog, I won’t be sharing all of my goals (such as my marriage goals, etc.), so if you’re wondering why it seems a little unbalanced in certain areas, that’s why. 🙂

10 of My Goals for This Week

Mothering Goals

1. Start school (I’m so excited about our new curriculum plans this year and the schedule I’ve put together!)

2. Finish reading Revenge of the Red Knight aloud to the children.

3. Put together Busy Bags for Busy Bag Swap.

Personal Goals

4. Run 12 miles (total).

5. Finish reading Good to Great, The Charlotte Mason Companion, and Eat That Frog.

Home Management Goals

6. Vacuum underneath beds.

7. Make Homemade Fruit Leather and Homemade Scrubbing Bubbles.

8. Wash, dry, fold, & put away one load of laundry every day (except for Thursday-Saturday when I’m in Indianapolis).

Business Goals

9. Shoot videos and send to publicist.

Ministry Goals

10. Write two birthday cards, one anniversary card, and one thank you note. Help girls write birthday cards to those who have birthdays this week.

What are your goals for this week? If you feel comfortable doing so, I’d love to have you share 5-10 of them in the comments section. And then come back next week to share your progress!

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