Monthly Goals

I’m pretty against New Year’s Resolutions. Partially because I think if people really want to change or do something differently, they should start NOW and not let some certain date on the calendar dictate when it should happen. And partially because I’m the type where as soon as you label something “New Year’s Resolution” I’m guaranteed to be doing just the opposite in four days tops.

Back in January, a few of my friends and I decided to instead each make some monthly goals and hold each other accountable. After all, it’s a lot easier to look at life in one month chunks than committing to something for a whole year, right?

So this is how the year has looked for me so far

January
* Be more active on the weekends – Accomplished
* Cook supper twice (I do NOT cook) – failed
* Clean out my closet – Accomplished
* Floss at least four times a week – Accomplished and my dentist even noticed!
* Open a 529 for Mason – Accomplished after LOTS of research!

February
* Figure out a system that allows me to NOT misplace/leave at home/etc my check cards and ID that also doesn’t involve a purse – never figured this one out sadly
* Spend time with friends at least 3 times this month – didn’t happen
* Continue tracking calories and trying to stay at a reasonable (junk) food consumption – did great
* Blog at least twice a week – I came pretty close

March
* Finish the 30 Day Shred – Didn’t happen
* Finish at least 2 weeks of Couch to 5k – Didn’t happen
* Create and stick to nightly skin care routine – Went really well for MOST of the month, petered out towards the end.
* Spend time with friends at least 3 times this month – Success!

April
* Prepare Consignment Sale Stuff – happened thanks to SuperDad
* Cut down my pop consumption – not going very well
* Use the treadmill at least 10 times – on track
* Get back on track with budgeting – doing well
* Don’t freak out when we get another 3 feet of snow – trying….

At the end of the month, if there is stuff that I didn’t accomplish, I would reassess and see if that goal was something I REALLY wanted/had to do and if so, I’d move it to the next month’s list. If not, I stopped worrying about it. There are a few other incidentals on each month’s lists that are too boring to post, but I have to say that I’m having a LOT of fun with this. It’s rewarding to focus on just a few things each month and be cheered on by friends doing the same. It’s also helped me develop some habits that are sticking (regular flossing, tracking calories) and also brought to my attention stuff that I feel is important, yet I keep avoiding (ahem, learning to cook)

I highly recommend a monthly goals system and would love to hear if you’ve ever tried anything like this and how it went!

5 thoughts on “Monthly Goals

  1. Sara

    Amen! I loathe New Year’s resolutions. Too much pressure, plus the gym is always overloaded with resolution-crazed folks for a few weeks. Love the monthly idea!

  2. Randalin

    Monthly goals work better for me too – although sometimes I think I need to break it down even further …

  3. Sara

    Amen! I loathe New Year’s resolutions. Too much pressure, plus the gym is always overloaded with resolution-crazed folks for a few weeks. Love the monthly idea!

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