2014 was the first year I set goals for myself. I wasn’t sure if it was worth it. So many times in the past, I would decide to do something and then completely fail at it. But then I realized, I can’t accomplish much of anything without a goal in mind.
Here are the goals I made for last year and how I did:
- Have at least 1 date a month.
- We achieved this goal (I think). I’m not 100% sure about every month, but I just also know I changed my mentality about the importance of dates. We regularly have had “couch dates” with a special movie after the kids are in bed as well as times we go out without the kids. We also take time to play games together in the evening after the children’s bedtime. I know how important spending time together is – especially with our busy schedules – so I’m glad I had this as a goal and will continue it next year.
- Read 12 chapter books to the kids. I met this goal with 14 books. I was much better at reading aloud in the first half of the year than the 2nd, but you can see my read-aloud lists here and here.
- Complete picture-ponder-pray 3 days a week. We didn’t achieve this goal mainly because we changed what we do in the mornings. We did picture-ponder-pray until June (I think). This school year, we started with reading Philippians a number of times and then have been working through Old Story New.
- Complete Couch to 5k. Nope. This didn’t happen. My feet are better than they were a year ago, but running still isn’t great. I may make this a goal again though because I loved when I was runnng.
- Read my Bible and pray at least 5 days a week. Again, a goal I didn’t achieve. When I let my morning routine slide and I don’t get this done in the mornings, it tends to not get done. It’s going to be an extra focus for the new year.
- Read at least 12 non-fiction books. I got through 11 books and have a few I am currently reading. This was much better than in past years though so I am glad I set the goal.
- Complete 12 sewing projects in a year. After reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, I realized that this goal just didn’t match up with my priorities. I scrapped the goal and worked on other priorities instead.
- Make a specific grandparent present. This wasn’t a good goal for me either, and I scrapped it just like the sewing projects. I actually ended up making a better grandparent gift this year instead of the originally planned one, but one that was more achievable for me.
- 12 posts a month. Seth and I have written almost 200 posts this year so we have exceeded this goal in some ways, but not every month had 12 posts.
- Create a blog facebook page. I don’t know if I thought this would be hard to do or what, but it really was a 1-day blog project.
- Share posts in various places (like blog carnivals). We met this goal and enjoy interacting with the CC blog carnival and sharing posts on Half-a-hundred Acre Wood‘s weekly link-ups as well. (and made some new friends in the process)
All in all, I’m glad I took the time to set goals last January even if they weren’t all successful.
I’m still working on goals for this upcoming year and hoping to make much S.M.A.R.T.er ones. (The S.M.A.R.T. acronym can be found on a number of web sites. I’m not sure where it originated, but it stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time. If you want to set goals, here’s a link to one (of many) goal-setting printables available.
While I pray about my goals for the upcoming year, I went back and read about my priorities and where I want my destination to be. I’m organizing my goals this year under my top six priorities.
Did you set goals for 2014? Are you setting goals for next year?