This year Brad and I decided to be really intentional about setting goals for ourselves as individuals and as a family. We just want to start being more intentional with our lives and not waste what God has given us. So, January 1st we sat down and took about 30 minutes to an hour thinking and creating goals together. We did the family goals together and it was so good to talk through what we would like our year to look like as a family. There were some things that I wish we had done differently this past year and so we made those goals for this year. We created our individual goals alone but when we had trouble making them a SMART goal (explained below), we talked it over with each other and helped one another.
Dave Ramsey has a book called EntreLeadership. He mentions 7 different areas where it is good to set goals. So we broke our goals down for ourselves and our family by these 7 categories (or at least the ones that were relevant to us). I have not personally read this book but Brad has and highly recommends it. Go check it out if you want some further information on it.
The categories that Dave Ramsey suggests breaking things down by are as follows:
Career, Financial, Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Family, Social
Like I mentioned above, we tried to follow the SMART system when it came to setting the goals for ourselves this year. This is what SMART stands for:
We chose to follow this acronym because it just helps us set goals that can be met and are not too broad. Broad goals are hard to meet and hard to follow. We wanted our goals to be specific and something that we could track as the year went on. A goal of exercising more could mean so many different things and doesn’t really help motivate me to do anything. A goal of working out 5 times a week and doing 10 minute abs twice a week is something very specific. It helps me stay focused on what it is exactly that I am wanting.
I am so thankful for setting goals this year. I have found that they have already helped me stay on track. We haven’t done this before but am looking forward to how our year turns out and how God works through our lives in 2016. I would highly encourage you to take some time to set individual and family goals. I think that it is such a great way to start off the year to make it a successful one and one that you can look back on and be proud of. Here are our family goals and my individual goals.
-once a month have a couple over for dinner
-continue Sunday lunches with Clawson side
-see Paulsen side once a month (whether they come here or we go there)
-weekly date night at home
-once a month go OUT on a date
-go on a 20 minute walk once a week (weather permitting)
-read scripture together daily
-create a monthly budget/review once a week
-save up for a new car without having to take out a loan
My Individual Goals:
-learn how to garden
-continue to workout at least 5 times a week
-do 10 minute abs twice a week
-make a weekly/daily meal plan
-develop and use a daily prayer plan
-follow developed budget
-weekly day date with a friend
-meet one new stay at home mom friend
Some of these goals we started last year and would love to continue. Others are new and we think would really grow us as individuals and as a family.
What are some of your goals for 2016? Have you already created some or are you thinking about creating some now? I’d love to hear from you! Comment below 🙂