Did you have a merry Christmas weekend? We had storms, rain, tornadoes, and hot, humid weather – and more today. Heat is typical here at Christmas, but tornadoes are not!
What was first on your list the day after Christmas? Did you immediately think of the new year ahead? Are you making new year’s resolutions? What’s on your calendar for next year?
I’ve not been one to set goals and make resolutions since leaving the “working world”. I felt that if I made MY goals, I’d be getting in the way of what GOD wanted from me as I serve my family.
But, this year it’s different. You are now in the picture, and it’s my goal to serve you through this blog. I consider what YOU might want and need from me, and I’ve learned new things that I believe God is leading me to accomplish, ways I can better serve YOU.
It’s crucial to consider goals as the beginning point of establishing priorities and arranging my time accordingly.
I’ve learned a lot about goal setting from others this past month, and I thought you might like to hear what has helped me. Maybe it’ll help you, too. We’ll cover the first two steps today, and the rest will be covered in my next post.
Step One – List your priorities in order from most important to least. Here are mine as an example:
Volunteer time at church
Friends and extended family (social time)
Discretionary time – reading for pleasure, etc.
Step Two – Write each priority at the top of a page. List the following items beneath, allowing several lines for each explanation.
Mission or purpose.
Where I am now.
Where I’d like to be.
Supportive Bible verse
Commitments for 2016
Priority: Garden Management
Mission or purpose: To maintain weed-free bush beds, healthy plants, and add one or two new items each year to replace plants with poor growth or plants that didn’t survive conditions. This year, my focus area for replanting bushes is in front of the gas tank.
Where I am now: I’ve neglected weed control methods, so weeds have grown in every bedding area except the front of the house.
Where I’d like to be: I’d like to have healthy, well-trimmed plantings in weed-free bush beds. I’d like to develop and maintain a monthly plan for scheduled fertilization, weed treatments, planting, trimming, so plants and trees look nice year-round.
Supportive Bible verse: “Build houses and live in them, and plant gardens and eat their produce.” (Jeremiah 29:5)
2016 Commitments: In January, type out monthly plan for needed maintenance of planting areas and trees. Spend two hours each week (and schedule more time if needed) throughout the year to follow the plan for optimal plant maintenance.
What do you think so far? Can you see that the commitments include establishing a time allotment to accomplish the goal? In my next post, I’ll show you how it all ends up calendared throughout the year.
Do you enjoy making schedules? Can you see how sticking to a schedule is a comforting thing?
Sharing at Metamorphosis Monday.