This post is mostly for my own accountability. But if you're interested in this sort of thing, keep reading to see what my personal goals are for 2023. Plus I'm sharing details of my favorite planner.
I've never been great at setting and following through on goals but that hasn't deterred me from trying again and again. For 2023, I decided not to set any grandiose goals (other than the exercise one 😜). But rather focus on things that would have a long-term impact on my life and health, and my family's life.
I also didn't want to set so many goals that I overwhelmed myself (ask me how I know that's a bad idea)... so I wanted to set 3 daily, 3 weekly, and 3 monthly goals. I ended up with 4 for the weekly, but that's okay. I'm really happy with the list I settled on.
3 Daily Goals:
- Read my Bible and write in my journal. After faithfully writing in it for two years, I really got off track with my Line a Day Journal last year so I'd like to get back into that routine.
- Drink 64 ounces of water. Late in 2022 I got some bad news about my health. I don't want to get into all of that but one minor thing I can do that will make a big difference for me is drinking more water. I hate drinking water but I can honestly say I've drank more water in the last 4 months than I have in my whole life probably so I'm off to a good start!
- Walk at least 15 minutes a day (on the treadmill or outside) and/or walk 10,000 steps. This will be a hard one for me because I just don't like exercise. At all. Also, I've set this (tiny) goal many times in the past and failed over and over again. Speaking of... it's late at night on January 5th and I've not walked or hit 10K steps yet this week/year. So... I'm not really off to a great start. I know going into this with a bad attitude is well, bad, but out of all the daily, weekly, and monthly goals I'm setting, I fully anticipate this being the one that I suck at.
4 Weekly Goals:
- Declutter/purge one room each week (for at least 14 weeks -16 weeks). And I may repeat this on a cycle. This inspiration is from Andrea Dekkar here. I've been doing so much better about getting rid of 'stuff', so I hope this will just amp up my efforts!
- Try one new recipe each week from my meal plans or a cookbook I already have. Richy just got me the latest Pioneer Woman Super Easy! cookbook for Christmas and I've already picked out a few recipes to try and I'm signing up for this Hello Fresh deal to hopefully add some new recipes to our rotation! I love cooking so this should be pretty easy.
- Finish one book per week (for a goal of 52 books in 2023). I wrote more about this here and yay, I've already finished a book this week!
- Write and mail one personal note/card each week. I love handwritten notes and always have good intentions of sending 'thank you' notes or 'I'm thinking of you' notes or just notes of encouragement, but my follow-through has not been great. I do write them sometimes, but I have so many more in my head than I do that actually make it onto paper. I'm going to do my best to improve on that this year!
3 Monthly Goals:
- One date night each month with my husband. We might go out, we might go away for a night, or we might stay home and send the kids out to a movie, bowling or to visit their brothers (my two oldest sons live about 10 minutes from us in their own house and have hosted the younger kids a few times for us to have a night at home alone).
- One fun family trip/activity each month. This might be something at home, a free day trip or an overnight stay. I'm thinking about doing things like board games or movie nights, a trip to the zoo, or even letting the kids make an activity bucket list and choosing from that. Because I homeschool the kids, I already feel like we go and do a lot, so I'm not sure how this will work out to add one more thing as a whole family (my husband is often at work when we do field trips, etc.), but we'll see.
- Hosting at my house at least once a month. Hospitality is so close to my heart and I love, love, LOVE hosting things at my home. I want to prioritize opening our home and inviting friends and/or family over on a regular basis. I hosted a Christmas Sock Exchange Party in December and it was THE BEST! I knew then I wanted to make a habit out of more activities like that!
How will I keep track of all of this?
Most of it will be tracked in my planner.
The Passionate Penny Pincher Home Planner is by and far the best planner I've ever used. And that's saying a lot.
You see, I've been using paper planners since junior high school and I've tried dozens of them... from the really fancy expensive ones to the cheap ones from Walmart and everything in between. If you name a planner that you're familiar with, I've probably tried it.
But 4 years ago when my favorite planner (at the time) was no longer being printed, I had to find a new planner. And as it just so happened, Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher published her Home Planner for the first time.
I'd been following Laurie and her blog for years so I decided to give it a shot. I'm SO glad I did. This planner is amazing and will truly help you to get your entire home in order if you follow through (even half-heartedly) with her to-do lists and guides.
She has pages in the planner for a Monthly Checklist, Financial Goals, Daily Tasks, Personal Goals and so much more. I'll be using those pages for many of my goals. And I'm also planning to use this Habit Tracker as well.
Note: I hope to sit down in the next week or two and also map out some business goals for the year, but if that doesn't happen, getting my personal goals on track is my top priority. I feel like my business success will follow if I'm seeking God first and living a joy-filled life in my home and with my family.