Something about September always feels like a true, fresh start. The cooler mornings, new school routine and activities all feel like a new beginning. This is the time of year where I list my goals – not January. I’ve jotted down a few ideas, but this weekend I plan to finish setting my goals for September – May. And I want to find my word for the year. Last year my word was intentional.
The question I am pondering is simply: where do I want to be next May? What do I want to accomplish? Setting realistic goals has never been my strong point, so I am trying to remember I can’t do everything and prioritize the things that I would like to see happen. When I am setting goals I usually start with a brain dump where I write everything I can possibly image wanting to do next year. Then I have to ruthlessly edit the list down to the things I can realistically accomplish (I need a big sign that says No, you are not Super Woman. Yes, you will need sleep).
Taking the time to analyze the past year is a huge help in creating future goals. What worked? What didn’t? One of the things that worked for us this past year was acknowledging we needed help and hiring out some of the household chores. I work part-time and take care of our 3 kids and my husband is in school, works two jobs and is renovating our 100-year-old home. Life will always be full, but this year we realized we desperately needed more margin. We finally hired someone to help with the housework and we also found someone to care for our lawn. The time it has given us to simply enjoy our family has made it worth every penny. The expense is the same amount we would spend eating out a couple times a week, so we eat at home more and enjoy our kids instead of trying to squeeze in yard/housework. Our kids still have household responsibilities, but I have found the consistent help at home has been a huge relief for my type A, I-can’t-stand-a-dirty-house personality.
Of course, there are also the things we know are not working for our family. We’ve had a lot of conversations about the direction we are headed and the various needs our children. Hopefully I’ll have more to share on that at some point in the near future. Until then, have a wonderful weekend and may you find joy in your busy nothings!
How do you set goals for the year? I’d love to hear your ideas!