Monday, February 22, 2016

Goals as tools

Each year, my husband and I sit down and discuss our household goals for the year.  This includes discussing what tasks we'd like to finish, like painting cabinets, clearing clutter from a location, or scheduling the chores differently.  We list out household purchases to make, like replacing worn bedding or adding a new appliance.  This helps us buy things more mindfully, and to budget our time and money.

Goals aren't just things to do. Goals can be tools themselves.  Setting realistic goals can be used to bolster your confidence, organize your thoughts, budget time and energy, and reflect upon what you need in life.  They don't have to be big, grand, or complicated to help make your life better.  Whatever you need in your life, you can, with a little thought, break that ideal into small, manageable tasks that you can work to achieve.  You can see from the my goal lists that follow, that I need some organization, some creativity, knowledge, and several lifestyle changes.  None of these can be achieved overnight, over the course of a weekend, or without some planning.

This year, I have my goal's broken out into three sections- books, tasks, and health. The first section is a reading list that I'd like to tackle:

  • Cave and Cosmos by Michael Harner
  • the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett
  • Kissing the Hag by Emma Restall Orr
  • Messages from the Future by Hank Wesselman
Then I have tasks I'd like to get done:
  • create 12 embellished craft book pages
  • thin out my craft supplies 
  • try making my own lipstick
  • blog weekly, at least
  • master a new gardening skill
  • make an ombre cake
  • throw a party
  • get a family portrait done
  • do something adventurous with my hair
  • buy some grown up clothes (I have officially reached an age where I need such things, regularly)
The last section of my list is related to my health:
  • walk for at least half an hour five days a week
  • drink more water and tea
  • meditate a couple times a week
  • try a new fruits and veggies each season
  • yoga once a week
Setting goals can be helpful to our personal, spiritual, and development. It helps us look at what is important to us, look for possible paths for to our goals, and prioritize how we spend our time.  Being clear with our intentions and energy expenditures helps us know ourselves and understand where we are and where we are going.  

You don't have to start big.  If you aren't a list maker or a pro at tackling your new year's resolutions, it might be best to start small.  Pick something that you are pretty certain you can find the time for and the energy to try, like reading a book that you've been interested in. Make sure you aren't confusing Schedule the time on your calendar, and get going.  Once you've you crossed off your first task, Spend some time reflecting on how you feel and how much the time investment helped you.  If it wasn't a positive experience, can you tell what went wrong?  Once you've finished your recap, pick something new to chase after or start a small list. Break things into manageable pieces (going though my craft supplies will be done once drawer, one box at a time to keep me from burning out or becoming too overwhelmed).  Small victories can help build your confidence and make reaching your biggest goals feel attainable.

2 comments:

  1. WOW Mandy! I am very happy, encouraged and inspired after reading this post. Goals as tools really work well when we concentrate on the positivity it brings forth. I was discouraged about taking too many academic courses just yesterday by someone I look up to and it definitely made me feel a little less. But your post comes at such a timely hour. Thank you so much. All the Best for your goals and their achievement too. :) :)

    -Sharayu.

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  2. Thank you. I hope your courses go well, and that in them, you find more just knowledge.

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