On Tuesday I posted about this past year and some of the things from this blog that stood out to me. It was the first year for this blog and an interesting walk down memory lane. It is amazing where it first started and where it is now.
Crystal, from MoneySavingMom, often says that public accountability does wonders for her. I used to say, “It doesn’t work for me. I only need personal accountability. Whether people know I reached my goal or not doesn’t matter to me.” However, now I disagree. While putting together the links for the “2012 in Review” and remembering where I was this time last year, I do feel like I’ve grown because of writing out my goals in a place for others to see. This growth has been both in gardening and non-gardening areas.
Over the course of last year, I realized how many of my goals, whether weekly or yearly, I had never actually said out loud to someone. Posting them on here has been great for me, in that it created a place to write them down and review at the end of the week what got accomplished. I know I am not always the best at this, but I am better than I used to be. This is also one area I hope to improve on this year. I have read through several books this past year, and even since 2013 has begun, which talk about planning or organizing your day. These have included books such as: 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life, Attack Your Day, and 52 Mondays.
I also subscribe to FlyLady’s daily emails, which help keep me going in the right direction, even if I don’t always get my list of tasks completed. I like lists. I like marking things off a list, even if I added it just so I could mark it off. (Thankfully the kids haven’t learned this yet when I say, while in the grocery store, “It’s not on the list, so we can’t get it this time.”)
Attack Your Day is actually a book I’m currently reading. I may not be a fan of the writing style of the book, but I really like the direction it is going. They describe what I call “planning backwards” much better than I have in the past. They put it so clearly that it made me take a second look at the upcoming year. My 2013 Yearly Goals list was made up when I started reading this book. However, I decided to restructure the list after realizing that what I needed was to define my overarching goals. The list had started to get very detailed, which is not what I wanted for the Yearly Goals list. I plan on saving those for my Monthly and Weekly Goals. If all the small details were put on the main list, then I could very easily see myself getting overwhelmed and lost in the non-important things.
By changing the layout I decided to give myself general goals (in bold) for each section. These were then followed up with more detailed ways I could accomplish that goals. After doing this I realized the reasoning behind several smaller goals was a similar larger goal that I was actually working towards. So while the smaller goals were nice to work towards, if I missed the forest for the trees then I would have been disappointed with the results.
With all of that said, here is my revised 2013 Yearly Goals list.
- Read aloud 8 books per month from Reading List
- Help kids learn to count to 50, without missing numbers
- Teach the oldest to read, or try to
- Have daily walks or times to explore outside
Encourage the kids to learn more about the Bible and God
- Morning Bible Times during the week
- Memorized the Disciples’ names
- Help them memorize the books of the Old Testament by August (about 6 per month)
Encourage positive self-esteem
- Teach oldest to ride a bike without training wheels
- Swimming lessons
- Assign 1 habit/chore per month for each kid to work on
- Keep up with former habits
Learn more about the Bible and God
- Finish reading through the Bible (I’m over half way there)
- Daily morning Bible (Quite) Times
Take better care of myself
- Run in a 5K
- Get at least 8 hours rest
- Play/practice my instrument weekly (it has been over 8 years since I played it.)
- Create a book list for myself. Read three books per month
- Journal 3 x weekly
- Try new things – Grow
- Go on at least one date a month
- Take time to talk each day
- Say “I love you” meaningfully daily
Create a schedule that works for the household
- See “encouraging self-sufficiency” under the children’s section above, as well as my goal of getting8 hours of rest each night
- Focus on one habit a month
- Plan meals – menu plan on a monthly basis, do freezer cooking for 3 months at a time of at least 14 meals, organize recipe binder, try 24 new recipes
- Read 4 books on organization, scheduling, or setting goals
Create a welcoming environment (Finish incomplete tasks and get rid of clutter)
- De-wallpaper and paint upstairs
- Repaint porch
- Replace siding on house
- Label pantry
- Finish painting around “new” trim
- Finish closet in downstairs bedroom
- Decorate my bedroom
- Pick up, organize and declutter basement and upstairs closet
- Declutter – reduce number of cook books, spend 5 minutes a day on hot spots, reduce number of toys out
- Garage – attach counter top, finish putting up cabinets, organize cabinets, declutter, wipe down walls
- Find art work or pictures to put up in main living areas
Keep in contact with family and friends
- Skype once a week with my mother-in-law
- Skype at least once a week with my nephew
- Write at least two handwritten notes every month to encourage someone
Stand/Blogging/Other Income Sources:
Create a schedule
- Take Sundays off (schedule posts ahead of time, don’t put stand out, stay off computer)
- Create a blog schedule with certain days having themes (Menu Plan Monday, etc.)
- Earn money each month in Amazon gift cards (from Swagbucks, Bing and surveys)
- Try new ways of making money
- Sell what I have – repot aloe plants and sell, make starts of house plants, grow zucchini (something that does very well on our stand), objects decluttered from around the house (Craigslist, Facebook, etc.)
Preserve produce for upcoming year
- Can 60 quarts of crushed tomatoes
- Put up 77 quarts of tomato sauce
- Can 52 quarts of beets
- Grow, and freeze, 12 sandwiches bags of green onions. Freeze their stems seperately.
- Freeze 30 bags of red peppers; 12 for meatloafs, 12 for soups, 6 for omletes and various uses
- Can apple/pear sauce, as much as can be done
- Grow enough basil, parsley and cilantro to not have to buy any during the growing season; preserve herbs
Grow lettuce, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers to supplement our weekly salads and zucchini for stand
Redo garden layout
- Relocate raised beds; seed where beds were
- Make raised beds deeper
- Convert or build raised bed for strawberries
- Create a herb container garden
- Create trellis for beans under kitchen window
- Remove weeping cherry tree (plant blackberries?)
- Create large containers for blueberry bushes
- Remove brushes and concrete blocks under hackberry tree; relocate daffodil bulbs; flatten area
- Build 2 rain barrels
This list is definantly going to be out of my comfort zone. There is a lot on here that I would love to accomplish, but don’t know if I have the courage to work towards. The last goal in Gardening for example – “redo garden layout” scares me. ”What if I mess something up? What if I fail at getting a good crop for all the effort? What if …? What if …? What if ….?” For those reasons alone I almost left that goal off. I even went as far as trying to talk myself out of it. However, if that would have happened I knew I would be unhappy all year. I don’t want to be unhappy (about these particular aspects of my garden) for another year. That is one great lesson my front flower bed redo taught me. ”Stop whining and just do it!” So that goal was added.
Have you thought about the upcoming year? Are there any themes or main goals you would like to work towards? Are you already working towards them?
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