Another big part of Stretched Too Thin is setting goals as a way to help working Moms focus our time and energy. I love the focus on setting SMART goals (Specific, Meaningful, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound) because my goals are often too nebulous (get back in shape) to really focus my time and energy. The author recommends setting bite-sized short term goals instead of broad sweeping goals that actually encompass many, many smaller goals. The exercise at the end of Chapter 2 was all about setting your own goals. Three seems like a nice round number, so let’s talk SMART goals. These are my goals for my personal life. I have a set of professional goals that I need to reframe, but I spend enough time thinking about work. Right now, I want to think about goals that make me better/happier when it comes to my home & family.
- Exercise 3x per week
The hubby & I have been focused on getting healthy again for the last 2 months. Right now that comes in the form of a better diet. I’ve lost about 10lbs since we started, but I know that I need to work-out to really feel healthy. I have more energy & am happier when I’m fit, so this needs to be a priority. I like to work-out; I was in the Army & fitness was just a part of life. I got out of that habit, and have to make the effort to get back into it. I also value being able to play & run with my kids. Hopefully seeing the hubby & I as fit adults will instill a life-long love of fitness/physical activity for them.
Pick-up My Camera Again Do the Last 12 weeks of the P52 Challenge on the Clickin’ Moms Forum
See, I realized the first thing I typed was too broad & not at all measurable. I love photography & am actually thinking about changing the design of this blog to better accommodate photographs in order to encourage me in this goal. I am a research analyst for work, & photography has always helped fill the creative void left by researching & writing reports 40 hours a week. I used to photograph our life; I was that mom who always had a camera. My kids love to look through old photos, but I put down my camera & haven’t been doing any photography lately. I feel like I’ve been neglecting capturing our life. I look at the last photos I took of my kids & they’ve grown SO MUCH… I will never get that time back in photographs.
3. Finish My Son’s Room by the New Year
I need this goal. I’ve been chipping away at working on the house, but it always gets pushed to the back burner. Now that Ben is home & can handle some of my day-to-day tasks on the weekends, I want to do this. My daughter’s room turned-out beautifully & the sooner I finish the boy’s room, the sooner I can move on to the master bedroom. These particular projects have been unfinished for a very long time. For my sanity, I need to finish them. This means that I need to sit down with the calendar & pencil-in specific tasks for specific weekends or the timeline will just continue to get pushed. THIS WEEKEND: Empty everything except his bed out of the room. I have off Monday, so this should be very doable.
What kind of goals do you have? What do you need to do to get there?