2017 goals update, February version. The short of it is that January pretty much rocked.
I posted my goals for 2017 here. And I promised to update on my progress. I probably won’t do this monthly (because it may be boring to read about someone else’s goals? I dunno, I enjoy reading these types of posts – let me know in comments ok?), but at least quarterly.
Here’s how I did in January.
2017 Goals Update:
I keep track of goals in my Bullet Journal. The ones I aim to do daily are in a monthly habits tracker. The reason the items below say “at least” is because I forgot to track for a few extra-busy days during the month.
French practice – I did this at least 20 out of 30 days last month
Stretch for 5 minutes – at least 17 times
Move my body – at least 18 times (by this I mean meaningful activity such as walking, biking or lifting weights)
Read the Bible every day – at least 24 times
Hug each of my kids at least once a day – 23+ times
Make a to-do list for non-business activities – 20+ times
Note: I don’t aim for perfection. Setting these as a daily goal means I do them MOST days, and that’s ok with me. I don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good.
Also, I am a huge fan of habits. I struggled to meet goals until I understood that creating habits that support my goals is the KEY. More here.
Now for the non-daily stuff.
Do a girls’ night at least 4 times – I’ve done two so far! That’s like, some kind of record for me. I also went to a blogging networking luncheon (with all ladies, so that sorta counts too).
Implement a family fun hour each week – we didn’t exactly do this, but it’s ok. My oldest was around more last month and we spent more time with all 9 of us together. I may change this goal because the aim behind it was to spend more time with my teenagers. There may be a better way of going about achieving this aim, so I’ll revisit this.
Restrict social media use to business hours – I did so/so here. Mostly because I’m in the Eastern time zone and I work very early. I belong to a couple of blogging share groups and the members don’t post until much later, meaning I have to check back in with the group later in the day to fulfill my obligation. Going forward, I chose 3-3:30 P.M. and scheduled it. I set an alarm on my phone to remind me. Once you schedule something, the brain can relax about it.
Re-implement Screen Sabbath – done. I also took my daughters’ phones away until I decide on a system of accountability for them. We’ve had some issues with non-compliance with the tech boundaries I’ve set up. I had to take … measures to my remind them of my authority in this area. More on this later.
Do a weekly “facial hour” with my big girls – we only did this once last month. Although, we did take a shopping trip to Claire’s and spent all the money on earrings and jewelry. So that counts.
Read 17 books on personal finance. I took a break from PF reading in January because I’m almost halfway done with this goal already. Next up on the list is Chris G’s The $100 Startup. I’ll update the main post with a review.
Increase the pageviews on this site by 400% – guys I ROCKED this goal. I nearly doubled the traffic to this site from December to January. I’ll hit this goal by spring. Whee!
Go to a live blogging conference. Definitely doing Exposure & Profit because I know several of the speakers. Might do another if I find one in the southeast that appeals to me.
Buy a house – closing on the 22nd of this month. Adulting is fun!
How did you do on your 2017 goals? Can I help you in any way? What would you say your biggest challenge is when it comes to goal getting?
(I would probably answer: low energy. I have grand ideas but my body doesn’t always cooperate. These things help. And these things.)