week we took a look at the importance of setting
goals for the coming year. As we think of these
objectives, we might wonder what types of goals we
should be setting. This is something personal. To
set my goals I use a loose-leaf notebook with a
yearly calendar in it. I break the notebook into 12
categories. You may find that more or less works for
you. Think about what is important to you and set
out to attain it!
get started! Below are some helpful ideas:
section will help you focus on what you would like
to accomplish spiritually during the year. You might
want to include things like:
the Bible more in depth
through the Bible in a year
the spiritual disciplines (prayer, fasting,
to be quiet and listen to God's voice and then do
what he says!
a certain Christian Book
a certain character trait
on loving your neighbor as yourself
this section you will focus on what you wish to
accomplish as a family. It may include character
traits you wish to instill in your children. You may
want to include things like:
on treating each other with respect
sexuality with my young teen
your teen prepare to get his license
on developing a closer relationship
teens become more independent and self-sufficient
teens in various practical living skills
to develop Bible study skills
to eat supper together at least 5 times a week
may also want to break it down into separate goals
for each member of your family.
section will help you focus on improving your
may want to include things such as:
on understanding my spouse better
2 marriage enrichment books this year
to show respect and love
a counselor who can help with marital difficulties
a "date night" at least once a month
meaningful prayers for my spouse
section will help you focus on yourself. What goals
do you want to attain personally in the coming year?
Do you have hopes and dreams for your own future?
This is the place to write them down!
may want to include items such as:
a college class community college
how to use the internet more efficiently
how to design web sites
at least 3 books "just for fun"
one new friend
on living healthy - eating better, exercise, etc.
section will help you focus on making ends meet and
saving for the future. You may want to include items
out of debt
on living more simply
saving $40 per month in savings
out only once a week to save money
out an investment plan
is a section every WAHM will want to work on. You
many include items such as:
a business plan for a new home business
new marketing techniques
at least one book on improving your home business
a new customer base
families homeschool, others have their teens attend
public or private day schools. Some have children in
college. This section will help you develop
educational goals for your family. You may include
items such as:
whether homeschooling is right for your family
on which school your teens should be attending
teens plan their schedule for next year
teens develop ideas of what careers they'd enjoy as
into colleges and scholarships with older teens
a savings plan for college
section will help you to put (and keep!) your house
in order. You may include items such as:
out closets & toss old clothes
a book on organization
house powerwashed & windows washed
you set your goals, put your notebook in a place
where it is readily available to you. You don't want
to just write the goals down and forget about them!
Throughout the year, make a special effort to get
out the goal notebook and review it and see how your
doing. If you need to work harder on certain
objectives, then make a note of it and work harder!
If you've accomplished a goal, check it off. If you
do this consistently, by the end of the year, you
will be amazed at how much you've accomplished and
will have the satisfaction of knowing that you did
indeed hit what you aimed for!
Chadwick is a freelance writer and creator of two
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