Monday, January 4, 2010

New Goals

I don't like the idea of a New Year's resolution. They are easy to make and easy to break. Maybe it's the term I don't like. I do like long term goals that aren't unattainable and set just for the sake of setting a goal for the new year. I've had a lot of things I'd like to change and haven't made the time to make a list or organize my thoughts about it, until now. It's a long list and I'm going to refer to this list often and report on my progress. I tend to let things slip sometimes if I'm not held accountable. This time, I'm going to hold myself accountable and do what needs to be done. In the end I think I will come out a better and happier person.

I have broken them down into categories.

*Eat healthier
This is something James & I have been talking about, especially since the boys are eating solid foods. We want to set good examples for our boys.
*Exercise more
I wanted to start this after the boys were born and walked some while it was warm but
quickly got out of any habit once the weather turned cold. I want to be healthier for myself
and for the boys. (extra motivation:10 high school reunion in the spring)
*Do more things for myself
This one is kind of vague but self explanatory. When James worked 2nd shift (prebabies) I
had plenty of time to do things I wanted. I'd give myself pedicures, paint, make jewelry,
paint my nails, etc. I don't make or take the time to do things for myself. I need this for
my sanity and so that I don't lose myself as an individual.
There are a few books that I'd really like to read and I don't make/take the time to go to
the library, much less actually read.
*Make James take time for himself
He needs time away for a break outside of work just as much as I need a break so I need to
make sure that he realizes it's okay to take time for himself. I need to not give him a hard
time about it because I might be wanting help at the time
I need to be more aware of the bad words that slip out of my mouth. I need
to also make sure those in our house are also watching their words around the boys.
*Be respectful of my husband
I don't disrespect him. I just find myself sometimes talking to him in a manner that isn't
respectful. Is it out of exhaustion? Maybe. Out of frustation? Maybe. Regardless, it
doesn't excuse it.
*Blog more often
I don't take the time to blog as often as I'd like. I want to make sure I don't forget anything
the boys do. I want to blog about things that happen within 24 hours if I'm not able to do so

*Time Management
I am not good at time management apparently. I never saw a problem with it before, but
it's very obvious now that I need to make this a priority.
We have no extra room for unnecessary items. It's time to clear out, recycle, throw away, or
donate all items in our house that we are not using and/or plan not to use. Keeping things
just because I don't want to throw them away will not do any longer.
I have not been good about making a grocery list or weekly menu but I know it would be
for James and I to have a plan set. It would eliminate unnecessary spending at the grocery
as well.
This is something James & I have been discussing lately. We need to make the space for the
proper containers to recycle as much as possible.

Home Organization:
Pick one room a month and focus solely on that room. Organize it, decorate it if necessary,
and remove all clutter. Make each room feel complete.
At the end of the week make a quick run through. Run vacuum if it hasn't been done so
already. Pick up anything out of place. Take a dust rag to necessary furniture.
At the end of the day make sure to do a quick cleanup of all baby items that have been
scattered about throughout the day

Make every effort to go to church every weekend
Do at least one hour of bible study a week as the church suggests.
Pray more often. Nuff said!
*Shine the light
I need to be a better light in this world for Jesus than I have been. I let myself get too caught
up in things that don't really matter and don't stop to do the things that I should/need to be
I love my Christian music but I need to be better about singing it/having it on for the boys. I
was good about singing Christmas songs to the boys (when no one was around) but now it's
time to get a "Praise Baby" cd with worship songs and sing and dance with the boys.


Shanny said...

I'm on this with you, it seems that short time goals have more potential =)
I have to eat healthier myself but unlike you I have to read a little less than I do so that I can get my time management up to par.

Good luck with your goals! love that they are in categories, by the way =)

The Lane Family said...

I agree with you that if you make a lot of short-term goals they seem easier to achieve. I like how you included encouraging your husband to have time for himself I need to do that for mine as well.

On my blog I put the the overall big goals but in my journal they are broke down to more of the smaller goals like you did on your blog.

Good Luck and welcome 2010!!1