Kate

Ah, it's Friday!  Not only that, but it's the start of a new month!  Goodness, April went quickly, didn't it?  I had a good time deciding my goals for May.

My April Goals: Final Report

Meh.  I lost my momentum and didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I have to remember that it's still an improvement.

Reading: I finished three of the four books I planned to read.  I decided to save the fourth book for another time because I went nuts at the library and wanted to read those books before they had to be returned.

Craft: I didn't even touch my scrapbooking stuff.

Projects:
  • Papers/Information: I went through almost all of the magazines and catalogs that were lying around, which feels great!  I'm also continuing to fine-tune the way I handle papers, tasks, etc.
  • Garden: We're almost done preparing the soil for the garden, but are being held up by lots of rain.
  • Seasonal Clothing Switch: I went through the bin of summer clothing.  Now I just have to remove outgrown clothing and cold-weather stuff from Chickpea's drawers and make a list of the summer clothes she needs.
  • Dinner Binder: Okay, this isn't done, but I've got the basic setup and have typed up a bunch of recipes.  I just need to sit down and type one or two each day and I'll be all set.  So I count this as half-accomplished.

Homemaking:
  • Laundry Schedule: I followed it for the first half of the month but then got off track.  At the moment I'm sitting next to a big pile of unfolded laundry and staring at a pile of ironing.  I'm totally going to get back on track with this, though!
  • Meal Planning: Still enjoying planning meals.
  • Straighten Up House/Clean Kitchen: Again, I lost momentum here.  I need to get into the habit of cleaning up after myself as I go, so the house stayed picked up.  As for the kitchen, my sink drain still isn't working, which is driving me nuts.  Sometimes I let that be an excuse for why I don't clean the kitchen, which is silly and lazy.
  • 15 Minutes Cleaning Each Day: Had a really hard time with this.  For May I'm going to create a little schedule of exactly what I want to clean each day.  This was a very easy goal to procrastinate.
  • Dinner Prep/Cook Dinner: I've done pretty well with this, though I still need to improve.  I'm starting to enjoy cooking more, and to enjoy using fresh ingredients, especially garlic. =)

Daily Goals:
  • Read Bible: I didn't finish the New Testament, but I read my Bible more days than not.
  • Park/Activity With Chickpea: I've done this almost every day, either going to the park or playing a fun game or what-have-you.  We haven't been to the park in a week because of soggy weather, but hopefully we'll get some sunshine soon.
  • Playdate: She's had a playdate each week for the entire month.  Woohoo!
  • Vitamin/Water: I've done this almost every day.
  • Breakfast: I've had breakfast each morning more often than not.  Usually just a very small bowl of cereal.

My Goals for May

This time I've created a one-page document that has all of my goals and projects on it, which I hope will make it easier for me to keep track of what I want to do.  I'll post a picture of it next week.

Daily Goals:
  • Read the Bible Each Day: My goal is to read through the Epistles.
  • Journal Each Evening
  • Play Outside with Chickpea (Weather Permitting)
  • Follow My Cleaning Schedule: Includes keeping the bathroom clean, vacuuming, and organizing the refrigerator.
  • Prepare Dinner Early: I'm going to try to do my dinner prep a little at a time.  When I make breakfast, I can start the rice, for example.  Or cut vegetables while preparing lunch.  We'll see what works best.
  • Cook Dinner
  • Straighten Up House
  • Clean Kitchen Before Bed
  • Vitamin/3 Glasses of Water
  • Eat Breakfast
  • Fruit: Eat a piece of fruit with breakfast and before lunch.
Weekly Goals:
  • Meal Plan Each Wednesday
  • Set Up Playdate Each Friday
  • Laundry on Monday and Wednesday
Reading:
Projects:
  • Organize Scrapbooking "Ephemera" and Photos
  • Paper/Information: Work on my filing, get e-mail under control, and get into the habit of using my running task list and calendar.
  • State Fair: Gather recipes and start planning!  I like to enter the baking contests.  =)
  • Garden: For heaven's sake, we need to plant!
  • Dinner Binder: Finish it up and start using it.
  • Organize Kitchen Cabinets: 'nuff said.
  • Father's Day: Decide what Chickpea and I are going to do for DangerBear.
  • Activities for Chickpea: Figure out what activities she can do over the summer, like sports, library storytime, etc.
Phew!  I'm going to be busy this month.  =)  How about you?  Enter the Mr. Linky below and share the goals you're setting for yourself!



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3 Responses
  1. Kelly Says:

    You did great for April! I know it's easy to be discouraged, but I'm sure you got much more accomplished than you would have if you didn't have goals at all! I know that's true with me :)


  2. Kate Says:

    Thanks Kelly!


  3. Charlene Says:

    Thanks so much for doing this--sometimes I don't do too well at meeting my goals, but at least I'm setting some!


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