Setting monthly goals isn’t something I’ve always done. I used to try a New Year’s Resolution and generally by the 3rd month of the year I had lost my steam and given up. Then a few years ago I came across the idea of the one word challenge, which is totally AWESOME. Sometime in the past year or so though I’ve become much more into a more regular goal setting routine. I even shared in October about 4 steps to goal setting.
This month is the first month that I blocked out a chunk of my schedule specifically for this though. I loved it. I sat at my favorite coffee shop and I got to work. There are obviously tons of ways to set goals and if you know me in the real world you probably no that I want to do all of them and try each new way to see what’s best. I’m definitely going to start writing about goal setting more often so who knows maybe I’ll do a series but for now I’m just going to share exactly what I do but mostly what my November goals are. Also a disclaimer here that this is all just my own personal experience and don’t get me wrong I am not 100% successful each month- but even if I’m not usually I feel okay about it and evaluate why I had set the goal in the first place and try to come up with a new goal that may work better.
Keep it simple.
The main thing I’ve been doing since I started monthly goal setting is to try and keep it simple (I’ve mostly been trying to keep it between 3 and 4 goals but this month that’ll change.) Because I have a tendency to make things too complicated and difficult and then I don’t want to do them, I’ve tried NOT to do this with my goal setting, hence why this is the first month I even put it on my calendar. I want to set 1000 goals a month because I always feel like there is so much I should/want to be working on.
I do keep my business goals separate, for now I set two.
- Something that I really hope to work on in the coming month. (This month it’s blog traffic so feel free to share and share and share, all the shares.) To make it measurable I’m going to try to increase my blog traffic by 50%. That may be a tad over zealous, who knows, but I’m trying it.
- An income goal, I’m thinking I can delve more into this in the future- currently I’m slightly fuzzy on my stance of all of this but I will elaborate later (cliffhanger, I know.)
I’ve been doing a TON of personal development work in the last month or so. It was time for an upgrade….let me tell you. One of the things that I’m really focusing on is my family life and how to make that as awesome as possible amidst the everyday. Believe me, I’m not there yet. But I will say this I believe that loving on my boys (children and husband) is probably one of the most important things I can do. And I’m committed to. Don’t fret though I’ll be taking plenty good care of me as well. For this month though the goal is to STAY PRESENT. Talk about lofty. With that loftiness in mind I’ve decided that I’m going to try my damndest to give 30 minutes at least 3 times a week of undivided attention to each of the guys I live with (and to me.) For some of you that may sound like a lot, for some not enough. That’s okay we can only work from where we are and for me this is both a challenge and within reach. So I’m trying it.
Things are about to get more personal than even I’m used to. Why is it that money makes us so uncomfortable, I can share very intimate details about many things, but money makes even me shiver a little. Last month I decided it was time to cut the shit, pardon the language. I need to stop pretending I have money I don’t have. I’m stuck between the place of not letting my lack of money determine my whole story and realizing that living like I have what I don’t yet is only putting me further back. So I set a goal last month to not use my credit card, unless it was needed for bills. (I know that’s a whole different post, since you may be asking Liz why do you have bills you cannot pay with cash?! shhhh.) So I’m going to keep this goal (it went well in October and I have a feeling I can do even better in November. No credit card at all.
I love running. A lot. I also have been having some unfortunate hip pain as of late after I run so I’ve been really slacking. I’m going to try to exercise 3 times a week in November (before the temps get too cold!) This is probably going to be walking unless I can figure out the hip issue. Ugh.
I’m hesitant to write this since I work with people on their relationships with God and some people probably think I have it all together when it comes to prayer. I know if you know me you know that’s just ridiculous, and I also know that if you know anything about God or faith you know that nobody has it all together. All of that aside, I want to pray more. I don’t pray enough. My goals in the last few months have been leaning toward this and for November I’m going to commit to setting aside 15 min for prayer in the morning and/or evening. Again this may sound astronomical or totally too sparse but for me and where I am. This is my goal.
Share with my buddy (and now you.)
Something I’ve loved since the beginning of this goal setting stuff is that it’s really helped me to connect in a special way with an old friend who doesn’t live super close. It keeps us checking in, accountable, and it’s fun to watch each other succeed and figure out what we’re hoping for in our lives! I strongly recommend finding a buddy like this.
Happy Goal Setting!
I’d love to hear about your personal goal setting! Do you have a specific practice? Do you want one?