We’re 19 days into 2017 and I have to say, so far, I have liked this year, minus the news that someone close to me is sick.
I usually do some posts about goal setting around the New Year, but this year, I took it offline and went through Lara Casey’s Powersheets goal-setting system. Powersheets are not for everybody—my mom said “this is a NIGHTMARE” when I showed her the book, and David kept karate-chopping the air and saying “POWERSHEETS” dramatically whenever I would talk about it—but I’m really enjoying the way the system encourages you to break down bigger goals into small action steps.
I’ll keep my 55 pages of “whys” and “what I want to cultivate” to myself in case you’re on Team My Mom and all of this make you want to barf, but I still wanted to share a few of my goals, in case they encourage anyone else!
My big goals for the year are:
- Establish a pattern of intentional action, celebration, & rest.
- Infuse my life and work with more creativity.
- Develop a deeper awareness of God’s presence and voice. Live with awareness of spiritual reality.
- Keep cultivating a fun & flourishing marriage.
- Embrace and enjoy this season. Engage in the little moments and enjoy them as gifts. Use what I have now instead of looking ahead/behind.
- Be proud of how I use my energy.
Through the Powersheets process, I created small action steps that let me see that I am making progress on these goals. It’s really energizing and encouraging. Here are a few of my daily goals for January that fit into the big goals:
Read the Bible/have quiet time every day. I’ve been waking up whenever my first child wakes up (usually between 5-5:30) and giving them a little bowl of dry Cheerios to eat in their bed with some books. Then I go out to the kitchen and journal and read with my tea until 6 am when the kids are allowed out of bed. I’m using the One Year Bible and so far, I’m keeping up!!! At one point, I got three days behind and almost gave up because every day is a lot of content, but I spent two nights catching up and I’m back on track! Whoohoo! Since I have committed to this goal, I am also going to bed earlier, so I feel better rested in general.
Complete one cleaning task per day. I made a list of all the “once a month” cleaning tasks, and am doing one per day. (For example, today, I washed our windows, mirrors, and appliances.) This way, I don’t have to strain to remember what should be cleaned—I just consult the list and see what seems
like fun not awful to do that day. I don’t know why I didn’t do this earlier.
Have “present lunch.” I’m trying to sit down and engage in conversations with or read to my girls during lunch time, instead of shuffling through the mail, cleaning up the dishes, scanning my e-mail, texting a friend to coordinate afternoon plans, etc. Mealtimes are hard for Zoe and she often doesn’t eat lunch on Riley’s schedule, so the bonus of living out this goal is that I often end up getting 1×1 time with each girl.
Sit down for 1×1 reading time with each girl each day. We usually do a bedtime story, but I want to do more reading with each girl. So far, this has been the hardest goal because my children do not sit still for long!
My weekly (non-work) goals this month are:
Take a Sabbath each week–celebrate and rest! I started this over the fall, and felt the desire to continue to grow in this area. I am reading an amazing book that is deepening my practice of and commitment to Sabbath. One great idea from the book: make dinner easy on your Sabbath day. The last two weekends, I have picked up a prepared meal from our grocery store on Sabbath, and it really lets me sink deeper into relaxation when I know that dinner is already taken care of and there aren’t any dishes!
Work out four times. I have been in a steady routine of 3x/week for the last year, but I was ready to challenge myself! Having this goal “forces” me to exercise one evening or weekend day each week, which builds on my weekly “Sabbath” goal since I find exercise really fun and recharging!
Listen to a podcast each week. This encourages my creativity and can also encourage me spiritually and/or in my marriage, depending on which podcast I’m listening to! My favorite podcast is The God Centered Mom, but I also really enjoy Creative Empire, Coffee & Crumbs, Inspired to Action, and just about anything Lara Casey puts out.
Complete weekly life planning. Figure out what our obligations are, what we’re eating, who’s buying the groceries and when, what the girls and I will do during our time together, when David and I will work out, what my work projects are and when I’ll do them, and what needs to be done around the house.
Speak my people’s love languages. Looking at this goal each week helps remind me to speak love to my family members in the way they receive it, not just the way that is easy/natural to me. For Riley, my cuddler, I seriously just have to remember to sit down throughout the day and make my lap available to her. It’s a simple way to love her, but I’m not the “sit down” OR “cuddle” type, so I have to remind myself to do it. Within ten seconds, she’s usually on my lap, so I know it’s filling her little love tank.
(Fun fact: Zoe took this photo!)
With the Powersheets system, you check in every day and every week and indicate with progress bars and check boxes how you’re progressing towards your goals. I have found that it is really easy to remember to do this, and it’s so motivating to see that I am actually making progress on goals that otherwise feel abstract. I love looking at my week with the goals in mind and deciding when I’m going to take small steps that add up to meaningful goals, instead of just hoping that I have time to take the steps. I also really enjoy the Powersheets philosophy of setting meaningful goals, pursuing progress over perfection, and taking small steps that add up to your big goals.
Basically, if you’ve been on the fence about Powersheets, I either just convinced you to purchase them, or run far, far away, depending on your personality type.
This weekend, I’ll be checking out a potential future kindergarten for Zoe, organizing our storage room with David while my in-laws watch the girls (we’re turning it into a home gym space!!), meeting a friend for coffee, and skipping church and taking the girls to the beach to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday. I’ll also be starting my friend Brittnie’s new book. I can’t wait!
What are you up to?