The last month of the year! December is one of my favorite months because 1) it presents a fun challenge in wrapping the year up well and 2) it’s also the month I set my 2018 goals.
I’ll be setting my 2018 goals on December 9 using my PowerSheets. Check out PowerSheets here if you think an intentional goal planning workbook would help you live a more bold, intentional life in 2018. :)
I also made this video explaining what PowerSheets are and how they work:
December is quite full, despite my efforts to be intentional and not cram the calendar. To an extent, I need to accept the fullness of the calendar. (Or ditch out on things like Advent church or family events, which I’m not too willing to do, even though I technically do have the choice to do that.)
Accepting that full calendar means I also need to accept the reality of not having as much time as usual to accomplish personal goals. I’m also taking an entire week off from work. With that in mind, I tried to set December goals that are fairly simple, with some repeats from November of things I want to keep working on.
1. Buy 80+% of our Christmas presents
2. Donate 4+ boxes of items to people in need
We donated 2 boxes and I have some other items I just haven’t boxed up and itemized yet. Yes, we itemize and deduct on our taxes most of our charitable gifts. My accountant parents taught me that this is good stewardship, and I agree, as long as the time you spend itemizing is good stewardship as well. :)
3. Simplify/de-stress shopping for, planning, and cooking meals, especially for Harrington
We don’t have some fancy system, but we’re in a good place with this for now and I don’t feel overwhelmed each time feeding time comes around like I used to.
4. Choose to live in a peak state
This has been hard with the fatigue I’m feeling from detoxing some heavy metals, but I keep praying to God to help me choose gratitude and joy even if I feel exhausted.
5. Bring joyful energy and listening presence to relationships and events
God is growing me, but I still feel like I missed a lot of good opportunities here.
6. Decide on a plan for Kyle’s 30th birthday
7. Complete video opt-in series
8. Reach income goal in business
I didn’t hit the high end of my goal, but I solidly surpassed the lower end of the range I had set. Praise God for his faithfulness and provision!
Goal: Complete these at least 3/4 weeks
1. Process inbox for 90+ minutes 2. Make healing soup our nutritionist recommended 3. Exercise 2+ times 4. Keep calories to <2,300/day on average
1. Pray and spend time in the Word | Goal: 30 days // Actual: 29
2. Encourage Kyle | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 22 3. Do a very short exercise routine in the morning and stand in front of my vitamin D lamp | Goal: 15 days // Actual: 24 4. Streamline/simplify/systemize something in my business or personal life | Goal: 20 days // Actual: 21 5. Track food in FitBit | Goal: 25 days // Actual: 27 6. Wind down completely by 9 | Goal: 18 days // Actual: 20 7. Lights out by 10 | Goal: 15 days // Actual: 16
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Now, here are my December goals!
I use the PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner to set and track these goals!
1. Research and choose a Jesus-focused tradition for our family to begin for Advent or Christmas
Any ideas? :)
2. Plan a 30th birthday for Kyle that makes him feel loved
He turns 30 on Christmas! Every year is a challenge to honor his birthday around that very busy season focused much more on Christmas/Jesus than his birthday!
3. Set 2018/Quarter 1/January PowerSheets goals + an action plan, focused on God
4. Hire a Content Manager
More info on this coming soon! Make sure you’re on my email list for the deets!
5. Start Traction book
6. Reach business income goal
7. Bring joyful energy + listening presence to relationships and events
8. Choose to live in a peak state
9. Fast from TV during the week in the weeks leading up to Christmas
As I was reflecting on how to make space to worship and adore Christ in this season despite a very full calendar, I realized that trading TV time in the evenings for time in his Word or relaxing with my favorite Christian worship music was a no-brainer.
Goal: Complete these at least 3/4 weeks
1. Process inbox for 90+ minutes
2. Make healing soup our nutritionist recommended
3. Exercise 2+ times
4. Keep calories to <2,250/day on average
I’m still nursing, so I need calories, but I have struggled in the past with eating too much, and I’m convicted by that wastefulness.
1. Worship and adore Christ through prayer and time spent in the Word | Goal: 30 days
2. Encourage Kyle + Pray for him | Goal: 20 days
3. Do a very short exercise routine in the morning and get Vitamin D to help reset my cortisol rhythms | Goal: 15 days
4. Streamline/simplify/systemize something in my business or personal life | Goal: 20 days
5. Track food in FitBit + Reflect briefly on positive choices versus ways I could have eaten healthier | Goal: 25 days
6. Wind down completely by 9 | Goal: 18 days
7. Lights out by 10 | 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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