Weekly Goals You Helped Me Keep

Uncategorized / Monday, June 1st, 2015

I know you’ve all been waiting to know how I stuck to my weekly goals from last week. At least, I’ve imagined you waiting anxiously in order to motivate myself to complete the tasks on my list. And you know what? It actually worked. Surprisingly well.

Last weeks goals in bold, followed by updates.

Post on the blog, three times a week. Did it. Even though I didn’t think I could. I had so much camp planning to finish I didn’t see how I could justify a post between Tuesday and Friday, but the thought of not meeting this goal really gnawed at me! So I typed up a quick post about our recent outing to Target, and it was very popular. I also really enjoy writing; it recharges me. So, on one hand while I felt guilty taking time away from more important things to write a post, I felt so much better after writing it, I launched into my camp planning, schooling, etc. with fresh vim and vigor.

Spend three hours this week working on a larger project. Did it. Though spending three solid hours on Saturday writing was hard. I definitely needed the quiet of the library to think, and I made a lot of progress on my project, but I had to get up and walk around a few times to break up the time. Doing two smaller blocks of 1 1/2 to 2 hours each would be much preferred.

laundry on the clothesline
Washing curtains and bedding was another big Saturday project that I enjoyed…sort of.

Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. and wake up at 6 a.m. every day. Did it…mostly. There were a few days I laid in bed after 6 a.m., Sunday was a notable exception, but most days I was up and onto the next goal by 6:20 a.m. Definitely more than all the previous weeks in May.

Say a rosary while walking around the yard every morning. I made this so easy on myself. I just pulled on shoes and my bathrobe (over my PJs) and walked around the yard. It only takes 15 minutes and if someone needs me, they can just yell out the back door. I appreciated the wildlife of my yard like never before, and I enjoyed seeing the slow ripening of the mulberries, the scent of the honeysuckles, and the call of wild turkeys. (Plus, seeing as I was in my bathrobe, I appreciated the lack of neighbors and privacy our property affords us.) Today it’s raining heavily, and I’m not quite sure what I want to do but I miss my morning rosary walk and I anticipate that this will be an easy habit to adopt, at least until cold weather sets in.

Correct the kids math at the same time everyday. I’ve had a lot of problems with correcting schoolwork and just stating to y’all that I would correct math at the same time, didn’t do anything to help me tackle the underlying problems that have made school a challenge in many ways for the last several months. So, I didn’t check math work. I just moved everyone onto an online math program that I can monitor from an online parents panel when I get the chance. I figure we’ll stick with this until the end of the school year, at which point I have a lot of things to consider before planning next years curriculum.

I think my experiment was a great success, even if I didn’t meet all my goals to the letter. For next week, I’m keeping the first four, and adding a fresh goal.


Back when I listed my New Year’s resolutions, I mentioned I felt strongly called to select ‘gratitude’ as my word of the year. I quickly forgot about being grateful, and recently, have felt exceptionally ungrateful in many ways. So for next week, I’m going to make a note of at least one thing I’m grateful for each day. 

wine on the deck
Grateful for this view.

In scanning my resolutions, I also rediscovered my goal to organize our families photos, so I’ve started at least selecting my favorite pictures off my iPod and categorizing them into family ‘yearbook’ folders. As a monthly goal, I’d like to finish organizing all the pictures on my iPod in a similar way. I enjoy doing it when I have a few minutes here or there to kill and hopefully I’ll make real progress by July.

Anyone else start reading Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Better Than Before’? Any other goal setters at work? If you’re interested in outside accountability for your goals, like me, I’m thinking about making this a weekly, or monthly, linkup. Let me know if you’re interested!

5 Replies to “Weekly Goals You Helped Me Keep”

  1. I bought Gretchen Rubin’s book after your post last week! So far I’m definitely an Obliger with serious need to monitor where I’m spending my time. Looks like your doing a good job of knowing yourself and picking your battles 🙂

  2. Great job on sticking with your goals! I love that you ditched the one that wasn’t working for you and changed it up. That’s important, too.

    I think I am an obliger also, so I definitely need to set myself up with some outside accountability. Reading about your successes is very encouraging!

  3. I have a hard time with grading papers too – although this time of year there’s the added incentive to get it done so we can be done with the school year!

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