Are you running through life without any destination in mind? Or are you well organized and your dream board is attached to the fridge? Setting goals looks different for everyone and that’s ok!
In today’s post I’m going to share awesome resources to help you get started on your goal setting journey and give you a glimpse into how I am doing it this year. There will be no mom shaming here, as I realize all of us are unique and are on different paths. I’m gonna come out in all honesty and let you know that I am terrible about writing down goals. I am a realistic dreamer, if that is even a thing. I always have big plans with a realistic, but not pessimistic, outlook. But taking the time to sit down and write them out? I just don’t sit still long enough.
As my calendar fills up and the number of people I am responsible for grows, having very specific, thought out goals is becoming more and more important to me. My goals in the past have been short, void of a lot of detail, and usually more like to-do lists. I love lists. I am a list-maker. I write out lists just so I can mark things off. Is that just me??
As a small business owner I am very aware of the need to have goals. As a homeschool mom I am very aware of the goals needed to complete a school year. And as a manager of the home I am very aware of short term and long term goals to keep everything running smoothly. We mamas wear many different hats and stretch ourselves across many different platforms. Goal setting will help us be the best at what we do.
I’m going to help you brainstorm goal setting, by breaking it up into three categories: Home Managers, Small Business Owners, and Homeschool Mamas. It’s hard for me to start with a blank slate and come up with focused goals that mean something and move me to action. Plus my ADD kicks in and I find myself washing dishes or looking for a book or checking Facebook. So in an effort to jump start your goal setting session, I’m going to offer you goal ideas.
Goals for Home Managers
We are CEO’s of our homes. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses and run our homes differently. What would be a goal for one mama may not be a goal for another. Read through the list and pay attention to your reaction to each one listed. Did one excite you? Maybe you cringed? Find what will move you and what will be your goal this month, this year, or the next five years.
- I will de-clutter my home one room at a time to create more space.
- I will wash dishes and have a clean kitchen every night.
- I will create a communication board to reduce stress and improve relationships.
- We will only eat out meals once a week, then enjoy home cooked family meals the rest of the week.
Goals for Small Business Owners
Running a business while running a home is hard work! And it’s impossible to separate the two. Goals for our business will look different than goals for our homes, but there will be similarities.
- I will de-clutter my office space so that I can use my work time efficiently.
- I will participate in income-producing activity for 30 minutes every day.
- I will pray over my business before working every day.
- I will earn the upcoming company trip or reward by sharing my product with 15 new customers each month.
- I will read one new leadership or business book each month.
- I will have a monthly team building event for my personal team.
Goals for Homeschool Mamas
Oh Mama! Homeschooling is a full-time career! There is a difference though between homeschool goals and lesson plans. A goal or vision is necessary as that is what guides you as you lesson plan. To know where you are going helps you choose curriculum and say no to good things that don’t fit your vision for your homeschool.
- I will decide at the beginning of the school year what subjects you will focus on that year. (For high school have a four year plan.)
- I will choose carefully what extra-curricular activities we participate in.
- I will make sure the kids have creative play time every day.
- We will come together for morning basket and pray over our school day each morning.
- We will serve as a family this year outside of the home.
There is so much help out there, so don’t stop with my simple ideas! I’m using Ruth Soukup’s Living Well Planner and Monique McLean’s 21 Days of Prayer for your Business as I set goals and plan for the coming school year. As I discussed in my blog post Choosing Extra-Curriculars without Going Crazy, I like to say yes! I want to join every club and go to every event and fit in every field trip! Having my vision for the year prayed over, written down, and visible helps steer me forward without going too far off course. It helps me so no to things that don’t fit this year.
Remember to keep it simple, yet exact. Follow the S.M.A.R.T. rules to goal setting. Subscribe to my email list for access to the freebies section, which now includes a S.M.A.R.T. goal worksheet!