I didn’t do a goals update for the month of April, because frankly, there was nothing to report. I bombed my goals for March (miserably) and honestly hadn’t even noticed that we’d rolled over into a new month until about the second week of April.
I was that overwhelmed and tired. So… as I do every month, I sat down and did some thinking. What wasn’t working and why? Truthfully? I’m still not taking good care of myself. I’m not drinking enough water, I’m not eating enough food, and I’m not getting enough sleep. I’m also (still) watching too much T.V.
I’m thinking of having the (very outdated) television set taken out of our master bedroom.
Our master suite serves as our bedroom, my office, and my craft space. There’s also a T.V. in there. Too often I tell myself “It’s okay to listen to Law & Order rereuns”, you can still get stuff done… yea, right. Four hours later, I’ve fallen asleep with the lights on and my clothes are still soaking in the washing machine downstairs.
So… I retooled my arc planner (again) and did something thinking about “S.M.A.R.T.” goals. Smart goals are:
- Time Bound
I know this. I’ve been setting goals and using planners since I was about five years old. No… I’m not being dramatic. Getting my new school issued agenda at the start of the school year was more exciting to me than Christmas morning.
The fact of the matter is, I haven’t been successful at setting and reaching goals since becoming a mother. Pregnancy brain? It never goes away. The majority of my day is spent chasing after two little (very demanding)
devils angels. Trying to accomplish anything during their waking hours is a waste of time and added stress. A simple five minute chore turns into a forty-five minute ordeal. After which everyone is snotty, cranky, and tear stained. Myself included.
May 2016 Goals Update
So, for May I decided to tie my goals straight into my (newly improved) arc planner. My theme for this month is accountability. Goals are great, but I need a way to be held accountable or it’s all for naught.
Have a date night. Hubby and I have slipped up on this in recently weeks. We’ve both been tired, sick, and overworked. I want to get back to making our marriage a priority.
Track my health and fitness goals every day in my planner. I’ll be sharing my newly retooled planner in a few weeks and the majority of my health and fitness goals go straight out the window, because, frankly, I don’t make my health a priority. I have goals for the year that I set (water drinking and miles walked), but need a way to be held accountable. This is where my new planner pages come in.
Have June’s lesson plans completed by May 20th, including all printing and laminating. Guys, when I have all my stuff done, life is better! We studied the Rainforest and Bugs/Insects at the beginning of April and it was AWESOME. I had everything done ahead of time, there was no stress. The kids had a great time, I had a great time. It was great. I’m hoping that by including a deadline on it (and then breaking it up into smaller chunks for each week), I’ll actually get this done.
One family day. Mommy admission: I’m really bad about setting aside days just for family. We had a family day last week and it was great. No housework. Just the husband, me, and the kids. We went the aquarium, built legos, had lunch, no stress. I need to stop worrying so much about dishes and laundry and weeds (sorry HOA) and slow down. The housework will still be there tomorrow.
Clean zones two and three. Use checklists and daily planners to stay on target. Again, tying this goal directly into my planner system. I use the Fly Lady cleaning zones system to keep my house clean, but I tend to take things on a slower scale. She’d probably be appalled at the fact that I’m only going to clean my bathrooms (2.5), kitchen, and living room this month. However, I have a 3,200 sq. ft house on a 7,000 sq. ft. lot. That’s a lot of square footage. I don’t want to spend my life cleaning, but I don’t want to live in a dusty mess either. Balance is key.
Have June’s editorial calendar complete by May 13th. Ah… the blogging goals. Finding time for this is just downright painful. As I write I’m surrounded by unfinished scrapbooking layouts, my kids are roughhousing with my husband, and I’m panicking over my unfinished lesson plans for this week. Creating the calendar is the easy part, but only step one in the much larger process. I’m not short on ideas, just short on time. The earlier I get the calendar created, the sooner I can start on the materials.
Have all of June’s photographs taken by May 30th. Confession time: I hate taking photographs. If you guys could see the amount of finished drafts in my archive, ya’ll would be appalled. The posts are written, the photos are awful. I also can’t take photographs with natural light for several reasons. The first is that the desert sun is not kind to photographs of still objects. The second is the little hands that want to “help.” Photographs don’t look so great when taken at 1 a.m. Since so many of my posts involve my life, stock photographs aren’t going to get the job done.
Watch two AFI films. This is not a goal that I have forgotten. I’ve been working on this list for about eight years. It’s fallen to the wayside, but I’ve decided to start adding it to my monthly items again. I’d like to finish this goal sometime this decade…
Read or listen to “Much Ado About Nothing.” Shakespeare… Still working my way through his complete works.
How are you holding yourself accountable this month?