Another year is coming around the corner and with a new year means new possibilities. Little did I know that a set of intentional goals would lead me to where I am today.
2017 was a rocky year for my family and myself personally. I had a lot of changes happen that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible without really intentional goals in place.
Some of what happened this year was out of my hands, some of it downright surprised me that it happened so quickly.
And yet here I am at the end of the year even more excited about what is coming.
Setting really clear and intentional goals is so important not only for our own personal development as moms but for our family and our home.
You’ve probably been there right… “I really want to declutter those closets this month.”
Then the month comes and goes and it never happens.
Yep. Me too. ALL OF THE TIME. More than I’d like to admit.
So what can you do to change that narrative and start crushing those things you’ve been wanting to do for so long?
Well, mama, it’s setting goals then crushing them.
WHY YOU NEED TO SET INTENTIONAL GOALS
Have you ever found yourself feeling burnt out?
From doing the housework, running the errands and the never-ending list of things you have to run after your kids to do.
It’s exhausting. The constant sweeping, dishes, laundry, appointments. Mama, it never ends and without goals, we just seem to stay stuck in this Groundhog Day-esque scene.
If you want to accomplish things without forgetting about them because you know… life happens then you need to create goals for yourself.
HOW TO SET INTENTIONAL GOALS
You may have seen this method around the block a few times. You know the one… SMART goals?
This is the method I use to set goals for myself and I’ve found it really works.
But here’s the thing unless you take action on your goals they won’t happen. That’s all part of the SMART process though, so no worries.
They should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely…
They should also be tied to what matters to you and your home. If you set a goal that your family won’t benefit from or could care less about then you could be wasting precious energy.
Step 1: Brainstorm and think through your plans for the coming year.
I like to dream on a blank piece of paper all of the things that I’d like to accomplish in the next year.
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They could include things like:
- Declutter all of the closets
- Fix landscaping in front
- Vacation to Florida
- Workout 4 times per week
- Read 10 books in 1 year
Step 2: Now I like to go back and think through those goals. Do they make a difference for myself and my family?
If the answer is yes then I go forward with mapping them out.
Step 3: I choose a timeframe that I’d like to accomplish each goal. For goals that require money, I’ll have to budget for them. So I make note of that. That is part of the measurable, realistic and timely part of the process.
Step 4: Break each down into chunks and give myself deadlines. If I know I want to go on vacation in June and it will be $1000 then I will need to work backward and figure out where that money will come from. Then assign dates to that to make sure I’m on track to crush my goal.
I prefer to map my goals out on my yearly goal sheet and map each individual goal out on a sheet by themselves.
This helps me to make notes and really dig into each goal.
Lastly, I like to plaster my goals up right in my face. I put them in my planner, on my fridge and put reminders on my phone calendar.
Then they are always at the forefront of my mind.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Ideally, when you set these goals you are celebrating as you accomplish them. Because yay, you just crushed a goal and made your life better!
As you accomplish your goals you can reassess to see if they are something you will want to do again or if it’s something you can build on.
The biggest thing to do here is to remember that if you want to crush your goals you need to break them down into smaller intentional goal steps. Little bite-sized chunks are easier to brush than big lofty dreams.
Just remember if something isn’t working out that you can go back and reassess.
Are you ready to dream big and crush your goals? Grab my planner for moms and start crushing all of those goals and home tasks you’ve set out to tackle.