Several years ago, I decided to ditch the resolutions for intentional goal planning. Goals give us something to target, they give us the ability to move forward with focus and effort.
As a wife, mama, and homemaker I am spinning lots of plates over here, and if you are reading this you probably are too!
I don’t have time to waste, my family is depending on me. This is why choosing to be intentional at home is important to me.
Home is an essential foundation for our families. We have the responsibility and privilege of helping our husbands, and preparing our children to be their best.
In order to serve them well, we have to be equipped with God’s word and wisdom. Our goals should be carefully planned with purpose and with our families in mind.
My goals are broken down into the same categories I share here on the blog.
- Faith (prayer, Bible study, church, etc.)
- Family (marriage, children, etc,)
- Health (exercise, nutritious meals, etc.)
- Home (homemaking, homeschool, etc.)
I also use the following strategies to get clear on the goals I would like to focus on each year:
Seek God through His word and prayer.
When we look to God regarding our plans we are able to filter out what’s really important, avoid comparison and focus on our own aspirations by staying in our own lane.
Galatians 6:4 (NIV) says:
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.
Furthermore, we know that God is ultimately in control, our plans may change based on His will. As we are planning let us keep in mind that our goals should be planned loosely as we trust in Him.
Develop S.M.A.R.T. Goals.
Sometimes, I can get too excited about planning, and want to accomplish big audacious goals all at once. This system has helped me create clear and realistic ideas.
I believe accountability increases our chances of achieving our goals. My accountability is usually my husband or a good friend. I tell them my goal and give them deadline date.
Because they care about me (this is what I have to remind myself, lol!) they check in to see how I am doing. This motivates me to work towards my goal so that I am able to report back to them with progress.
Write it down.
According to this study, simply writing out your goals, significantly increases your chances of completing them.
We may fail at our goals one day and conquer them the next. Also, we will experience the ebbs and flows of life, so don’t be too hard on yourself when you get off track. The process does not have to be perfect. Give your best efforts when you can, as often as you can.
Are you tired of making resolutions only to fizzle out in a few months? Let me help you. I’ve created a free 6-page guide to get you started on creating your own intentional goals. Click on the image below to download your guide.
This guide includes:
- The S.M.A.R.T. Goals Criteria.
- A goal worksheet to help you develop your plans.
- Scriptures to guide you as you create your goals.
- A goals printable to record your final goals for the year.
I want to see you flourish at home this year! My prayer is that you will accomplish everything God has planned for you in the New Year!
What home-life goals do you want to accomplish in 2018?