I realized something as I was setting my PowerSheets goals this month:
I really love the goal-setting process.
Maybe you’re like me and naturally like that, or maybe goal-setting feels overwhelming, daunting.
Here are 5 tips that help make goal-setting more enjoyable for me that might serve you too!
- I get out of the house to my favorite coffee shop (usually). This environment helps me feel both focused and inspired.
- I set a date and carve out some time in advance each month to set my goals. This way I’m not cramming in the time and feeling annoyed that “I don’t have time for this.” I do have the time, because I prioritize it.
- I pray before I begin. I ask for God to help me set good goals (goals that are good in his eyes) and even after setting goals, to help me from getting tunnel vision on achieving those goals and missing the bigger picture.
- I use a goal-setting system so I’m not 100% inventing my goal-setting process myself. PowerSheets are my goal-planning system of choice.
- I start with the end in mind. I ask myself what I really want from October (keeping in mind God’s will–I don’t mean “what I really want” to sound purely self-serving). How do I want to feel? What results do I want? Answering those questions help me set good goals that line up with what matters. Accomplishing goals for the sake of checking them off is not the end goal–glorifying God out of thankfulness for his grace is the end goal.
I’m excited to share the October goals I set with my PowerSheets. First, here’s how things went with my September PowerSheets goals!
1. Test God in time with him
Progress made. Still working on choosing time with the Lord more often in those moments where I know it’d be valuable but my list is soooo long. As I type this I realize that I am trying to do this out of my own strength rather than his and need to pray that he helps me with this.
2. Enter tags for Divine Consign sale 4. Love through listening
Again, I made progress here, and by the grace of God, I think I rambled less + listened instead more than usual this past month. One comment in particular affirmed I’m doing better.
5. Dig into You and Me Forever and the action steps
6. Set up a system for content upgrades to replicate
7. Resolve QuickBooks issues and develop a system to stay on top of it better going forward
Can’t quite check this as “complete” since I’m waiting on my CPA (my dad :D) to get back to me about a question. He’s been busy though so it’s no big deal! Otherwise, QuickBooks is squared away. Alleluia!
Goal: Do each of these at least 3/4 weeks
1. Savor a Sunday Funday Sabbath 2. Exercise at least 2 times (Other than walking) 3. Process papers and files 30+ minutes
4. Keep calories to <16,450/week (2,350/day)
I am working on improving my mindfulness with eating–eating as nutritiously as is reasonably possible and only eating when I’m actually hungry. Tracking my calories is an imperfect but somewhat effective way to measure that. I didn’t quite hit my goal this month, but God is working on me. :)
1. Pray on the ground | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 20 2. Track food in FitBit | Goal: 22 days // Actual: 24 3. Open the texting app on my phone <16 times | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 22 4. Grow in faith with Kyle | Goal: 15 days // Actual: 18 5. Practice gratitude focused on God, not my circumstances | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 22
6. Avoid phone or computer use after 8 pm | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 16
I realized how hard this is for me with Kyle coming home between 8-10 a lot of nights. I need to pivot and readjust this goal a bit and put some fresh habits/barriers in place to help me achieve my end goals of using the last couple hours of the day intentionally, being present with Kyle, and being able to fall asleep at a good time.
7. Lights out by 10 pm | Goal: 12 days // Actual: 12
Books I finished:
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Like I mentioned, I use the PowerSheets intentional goal-planner to set and track these goals!
1. Read Sleep Smarter and implement at least 2 things from the book
2. Choose to live in a peak state
“Peak state” is a Tony Robbins phrase. It’s about changing your physiology by using your body the way you’d like to feel. I’ve been experiencing some challenges with fatigue lately, so it’s easy to slump over, walk slowly, talk slowly, etc. Instead, I want to choose to move my body as if I have energy, because it legitimately changes the way you act and feel. Look it up if my explanation completely confused you. haha
3. Plan Erica’s baby shower
Yes, my little sister’s having a baby! Harrington’s first cousin. :)
4. Bring joyful, listening presence to my relationships
5. Link specific prayers to tasks
6. Simplify and de-stress healthy, timely meals, especially Harrington’s meals
One month of feeding a baby has taught me: You can’t wait till 10 minutes before dinner to figure out what you’re going to feed your kid. It doesn’t work well.
7. Create a video series about clearing mental clutter
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8. Fill coaching spots of clients who end their coaching program this month
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9. Reach monthly income goal
Confession: I feel so weird putting this as a goal. As much as I’m a goal-setter, I have never really set income goals in my business. Crazy, I know. I actually don’t really set metrics-related goals (even like goal #8 above) because 1) I can’t completely control them and 2) numbers are far from my end goal in my business. However, this is still a business, and good businesses make money. (They do a whole lot more than that, but making money is one important thing.) I think we shy away from this as women and often view money as icky, and I wonder if this is part of why many of us struggle to be profitable in our businesses. Not trying to ruffle feathers here–just a thought. I think you can pursue income goals AND put God/your priorities first as long as that income goal isn’t the be-all and end-all. Comment below and let me know if you feel this tension and how you approach it in your business. I’d really value your input!
Goal: Do each of these at least 3/4 weeks
1. Savor a Sunday Funday Sabbath
2. Keep calories to <16,450/week (2,350/day)
3. Exercise at least 2 times (Other than walking)
4. Read before bed instead of watching TV
5. Process paper/electronic inbox 60+ minutes
When I have something in my head, I get it out as soon as possible to clear up space and avoid anxious, overwhelmed feelings. More about that in this book. The challenge is that if you get that stuff out of your head (I either put in my Todoist “inbox” or on a piece of paper that goes in my paper inbox), you have to regularly go through that stuff. I usually go through it on Thursdays, but I’ve gotten a little behind, so I’m putting this as a regular weekly goal and telling you all about it for accountability! :)
6. Improve the efficiency of at least one thing in my personal life or business to buy back time
Examples of how I already use systems here!
1. Pray + spend time in the Word | Goal: 20 days
2. Track food in FitBit | Goal: 22 days
3. Encourage Kyle | Goal: 20 days
4. Practice gratitude focused on God, not my circumstances | Goal: 20 days
5. Grow in faith with Kyle | Goal: 15 days
6. Completely wind down by 9 pm | Goal: 12 days
7. Lights out by 10 pm | Goal: 15 days
Share your goals with me in the comments or link to your goals post if you blogged them!
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