I grew up immersed in good literature, and devouring shelves of books, but since having kids, reading (except to the kids) hasn’t been a priority to me. I want to get out of this habit and so one of the goals I’ve set for myself this year is to read at least one [non-children's] book a month–something to inspire me, something to stretch me, something to help me remember how to communicate in non-toddler language.
This month I’ve started reading (and am so far loving) EntreLeadership. Since I’m a huge Dave Ramsey fan anyway, it’s no surprise I’m wanting to highlight just about every paragraph, especially the parts on setting goals.
Dave teaches that goals need to be five things: measurable, specific, written, time-sensitive, and yours and in order to meet your goals, you have to DO things to hit the goal within the time allocated. If you don’t act, that goal will “condemn you and call you a dreamer.”
I’m definitely a dreamer, and that’s one reason I love making an annual vision board. But I also want to be a do-er, and the best way for me to DO things to hit my bigger goals is to break them into manageable, less overwhelming, bite-size pieces.
To help break my 2012 goals down, I made a weekly list to add to my Motivated Moms planner. In each of the four boxes I set weekly goals/make to-do lists in different categories: personal, family, business, and community. Every goal/task might not be met during the week, but the planning (and “brain dumping”) helps relieve my tendency to get overwhelmed.
Happy goal setting!