It seems like ages since my last post on February 7. Where did the first quarter of 2020 go? And have I achieved any of my goals for the year? Is it even sane to be talking about goals during a global pandemic?
Here are my original goals for 2020 that I posted way back in January:
- Exercise every day.
- Declutter each room of my house during the 12 week Uncluttered Course.
- Learn Calligraphy
- Stick to my grocery budget each month.
- Write every day.
- Read through the Bible daily with our children.
1st quarter update:
1. Exercise every day. I fell off the wagon on this one pretty quickly. My best time to exercise is in the morning before the day starts. Lately, my boys have taken to waking up very early with me, which makes it really difficult to get out of the house. It has been easy to use this excuse to put off working out for the day, but it all really comes down to how bad I want to exercise. I have tried to mix up my work outs, but working out to an online class or video just hasn’t worked for me. I love going for a walk, and I really, really, really want to start running again. So for the past couple of weeks I have made it a point to forget about all the other things I have to do for the day and make exercise a priority. I also have taken to bringing my youngest (2) with me. It slows me down, but he loves it and it helps me get my work out done.
2. Declutter each room of my house duing the 12 week Uncluttered Course. I’m feeling pretty good about this goal. I didn’t keep up with the class, but I have been decluttering. We are building a house and that has helped motivate me to get rid of things I don’t want to take with me into my new home. It’s good to have the added pressure of a deadline.
3. Learn calligraphy. I want to do this one so much, but I just haven’t had time. I’m hoping once we move and unpack life will return to some form of normal (excluding the global pandemic and whatever it holds). Calligraphy requires my full attention and is so relaxing, so I’m going to keep working on this one.
4. Stick to my grocery budget. Wow! This one takes full on discipline. I was so excited in January when we did not go out to eat one time. Alas, February hit and this fell to the wayside. The menus I made have helped alot and I am still using them, so we are definitely still doing better than we were in the past. BUT I really want to get back on track. Sticking to the grocery budget alleviates unnecessary eating out, which saves money and is healthier. Now, with the global pandemic we have been trying to eat out once a week to help support local businesses. Who knew a global pandemic would change my goals?
5. Write every day. As evidenced by my long term absence from this blog, I have not been doing this. I don’t necessarily think I need to write every day, but when I was forcing myself to do it in January I was more intentional. If I tried to just make the goal “write once a week” I know I would not do it. Too many days in between for me, which makes it easy to forget. I might try just working on a draft every day and not necessarily forcing myself to post every day. This would definitely help with the end product, but still keep me on track with writing every day.
6. Read through the bible with our children every day. This was actually going really well (albeit verrrry slow – not keeping up with a one year plan) until about two weeks ago. We made it all the way through Genesis and are in Matthew. It has been great for our family and me personally.
Overall, I am still happy with the goals I set in January. They are achievable, but challenging. And if I keep going with them, I know they will yield fruit. I am definitely a list/goal oriented person, so I need to make sure these goals get put on my list and intentionally look at them on a regular basis. After doing this exercise, I have decided I am going to print them out and hang them behind my computer where I will see them every day.
What about you? Have you been working on your 2020 goals? Have you had any new goals come up for the year?