Goals plus a Printable!

Last year my husband and I made financial resolutions which we stuck to until the beginning of March when I had my miscarriage. At that point, all concerns over our finances went out the window since I was eating my weight in brownies. Around August we got somewhat back on track but it never became the focus it was initially.

This year I’ve decided to tackle resolutions with a different approach, loosely basing it from Gretchen Rubin’s best seller  The Happiness Project.

During her year long project, Rubin focused on twelve different subject areas broken into categories to “work on” that month. Parenthood, energy, and money were just three of those monthly areas. Within each month were defined activities to help her achieve an increased level of happiness.

For example, January’s focus was, “Boost Energy,” while her activities were “go to sleep earlier, exercise better, toss – restore – organize, tackle a nagging task, and act more energetic.

While the larger focus didn’t appeal to me, the idea of smaller tasks did.

My plan is to write monthly goals. This is for two reasons really. First, I’m a list maker. I probably write out 3 lists a day. Second, I feel smaller, more tangible goals might be easier to complete and measure.  Nothing is better than crossing off accomplishments, however small they might be.

Now before I share my January goals I want to remind you  that I’m not going for anything earth shattering here. Solving world peace and the Afghanistan crisis are not my focus. My aim is to tackle tasks which will put a little hop in my step, put a smile on my face, or just make life more relaxing for my family.

Throughout the month I’ll keep you updates on my progress.

If you would like a blank copy of this January goal page just click here

Have you set any goals or resolutions for 2012?

17 thoughts on “Goals plus a Printable!

  1. Those are good ones. Reasonable and attainable. I especially like the date night one. We started doing that once a month two years ago, but then it just tapered off into special occasions only. We really should make it a priority again.

    Make ONE new recipe!?!? You’re too funny. I can’t help myself from wanting to make new ones I come across. I’ll send you my list and you can help me get through mine!!! lol

    Good luck sticking to it. Best wishes for health, happiness, and balance. Happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year to you! I love the idea of smaller goals each month. I need to think about this. I’m not usually a ‘write down your goals’ type of girl…however, as I read more and more blogs about goal setting—I might be changing?

  3. I’ve got to work on my goals today…should we think about another sporting event goal for this year??? haha

  4. Thank you for this printable list. I love making lists too. I agree with you on the smaller goals. Big goals tend to overwhelm me. I’m gonna print one of these to write goals for my Etsy shop too. 🙂

  5. I think it’s great that you are breaking things down by month, and are including a variety of types of goals. Have a great January!

  6. Great list! I am envious of the date night! With a new baby and 2 littles, it will be awhile until we can resume regular date nights! I’m excited to hear what you do to cut your grocery budget!

  7. I love what your list says, “Completing the little things will make a big difference.” That is so true! I also love the satisfaction of being able to cross things off a list. That is why my Insane Goals breaks down each goal – instead of just moving my 2 year old to her new room, I list EVERYTHING that needs to happen to get that done.

    Best of luck to you and your monthly goals! Thanks for linking up. I would love to have you join us next month, too!

  8. My mom is reading Gretchen Rubin’s book right now. I really enjoy her blog too. That’s smart to make monthly goals. I have overall goals (resolutions I guess) for the year but I like the idea of breaking them down monthly so it doesn’t become overwhelming. Good luck with yours!

  9. I love your goals! The only one I have made is to go on an overnight trip with the hubby with no kiddos for the first time in 2 years! Thanks for linking to Things I’ve Done Thursday.


    P.S. Hope you’ll use a few of the pillow tutorials from the New Year’s Glam Your Bed Pillow Sew Along on my blog to help you with one of your goals 🙂

  10. Great way to achieve goals!! Thank you for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

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