And so it’s the start of another year. The ‘January runners’ appear on the pavements, houses are deep-cleaned, and diets are begun. It’s New Year’s Resolution time.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a little tired of New Year’s Resolutions. Every year I come up with some big dreams and resolutions and every year I look back in February (or, in a good year, March) and wonder what happened.
So this year, with a teething six-month-old to look after, a house to find, buy and move in to, and a Masters degree to try and finish, I’ve decided to do things a little differently. I’ve decided to pick a few simple goals that will take me a step further in achieving some bigger goals for the future.
That way, I am not resolving to do something huge or vague that is probably relatively unachievable without some serious grit, time and accountability. Instead, I am taking some small steps closer to bigger goals, and hoping that finding I can actually achieve them will lead me to do more. After all, “victory breeds victory”. But if I try to do something too big and fail, the likelihood is that it will be another year before I even try again…
1. Be realistic – keep the goals achievable, with just enough dream in them to make it a challenge, but not so vague or big that I fall at the first hurdle.
2. Be held accountable – I will be posting my progress here on this blog at the end of each month as well as having regular ‘meetings’ with my family (more on that later).
3. Think ahead – I want to make my ‘small’ goals steps towards bigger dreams I have. That way I know that long-term I will be more likely to achieve them, rather than trying to do it all in one go.
1. Master sourdough bread, to bring me one step closer to being a better baker.
2. Make one wearable dress and one pair of curtains for our new home when we move, to bring me one step closer to learning how to sew and make/adapt clothes for myself and my family.
3. Have an end of the month family meeting to go over that month and the following month, to bring us one step closer to maintaining a good budget, managing our time well (maximum 2 weekends away a month – one family, one other), and keeping on top of a good household management system.
4. Deep clean and declutter one room a month, to bring us one step closer to being clutter-free and “rational minimalists“, and to having a truly clean house. I also want to declutter my computer as a year-long goal.
5. Pick one long Bible plan or several small ones to work through this year, and memorize one verse of Scripture a month, to bring me one step closer to knowing God’s Word well and praying through it better.
6. Start going to a Pilates class at least twice a month again as well as doing it at home several times a week, to bring me closer not just to my goal of being more fit, but also to meet more people in my local area.
7. Complete the baby scrapbook I’ve been making for my daughter’s first year, as I plan on making one of these every year.
8. Make it away on a weekend or week away as a family, and as a couple, this year, and try and make a Marriage Encounter weekend with my husband so as to strenghten our marriage and family life.
Praying that this year will be a great one for you all.
I’m curious: what are your goals for this year?