Remember how excited you were to kick off the new year? That feeling dies about Mid-January. You need more than a feeling to make it to the finish line. I know you ran out and bought an awesome planner, filled it with hopes and dreams for 2018, got a bunch of pretty stickers and maybe even some fancy colored pens. But that’s the easy part. We are three months into the new year and it’s time to assess your goals.
What are you doing with said planner? Hmm?
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve missed some days writing and planning. In the past, I’ve loosely planned my week in my head and followed vague to do lists. Slipping back into that bad habit is goal killer.
Those days of loosely planning slowed my progress. I accomplished STUFF, but I failed to be intentional about what matters most. You won’t know if you’re making headway on your goals if you’re not writing things down and reviewing your progress.
I’m telling you… you GOTTA reassess! Take a moment and review the last few months in your planner. (Go ahead dust if off if you need to. I’ll wait.)
…yes I really want you to go get your planner…
Now, where are you? Reevaluate your goals.
I know I challenged you to dream big and set goals that scare you, but if you’re not where you want to be, reevaluate how realistic your goals are. You may just have to adjust.
I’m NOT talking about dumbing down because you weren’t focused and mismanaged your time either. Be honest with yourself.
Can you really accomplish what you set out to do? Have you put in the work, have you researched enough, have you budgeted enough? If not, then real talk––the goal isn’t the problem. You are.Can you really accomplish what you set out to do? Have you put in the work, have you researched enough, have you budgeted enough? If not, then real talk––the goal isn’t the problem. You are.
I know that’s a bit rough, but tiptoeing around the issue won’t get it solved
Rearrange your priorities to get things done. STOP procrastinating and mismanaging your time.
So where am I with my goals?
Well, I was supposed to be done with my kitchen makeover…but I’m not. I had a few budget hiccups, lighting snafus and wasn’t intentional enough. BUT I didn’t stop altogether. I got a few projects done, like this window valance and framing this canvas. I also still shopped for items to style the kitchen and set a final date to be DONE!
One my goals was to have a date every week with my husband and a big family day outside of the home every month. Those times where I didn’t plan, guess what? I missed the date with my husband. I also missed a few opportunities for FREE family events vs having to pay out the wazoo for Fair day. Those extra dollars for the family events had to come from somewhere and boom…kitchen progress derailed. See how that works? Little things make up the big picture.
The biggest fails I made by missing planning sessions was cultivating relationships with friends. I set a goal of writing a letter (NOT an email) or sending a birthday card to a friend monthly. Sadly, I’ve written zero. Gotta get it to-ge-ther. I’ve lost touch with enough friends and don’t connect with them like I should. My heart knows that, but that’s not sufficient to make it happen. I have to DO IT.
It’s easy to go on with life just living in your own world, paying bills and doing chores. But real contentment comes from being satisfied with my spiritual walk and having close-knit relationships.
On the business front, I’m actually pretty happy with my progress. I’m collaborating more, getting more traffic to my website and am overall more consistent with writing and posting. I have a long way to go, but I’m making progress. I’ve also gained more followers friends (not a fan of that term) on social media. BTW are you connecting with me on Instagram?
Writing this to you helps keep me accountable. So I’m telling you this in hopes you’ll ask me about it. I need to lose 10 pounds, learn to swim AND I want to get braces this year. Ok, it’s out there. Hold me to it girl. I tend to drag my feet when it comes to me (and who doesn’t with weight loss).
I’ve mentioned I pray a lot, but I really don’t pray enough. I’m not hitting my mark for the time I spend with God in prayer. The biggest culprit is really lack of preparation. I used to wake early every Saturday morning just to spend extra time with God. I’ve gotten away from it mostly because I haven’t PLANNED the night before. I’ve been doing much better at fasting consistently, but I’m still not where I need to be.
So I challenge you to really do some soul searching, time management analysis and make some changes now. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself that you got yourself back on track in April rather than having regrets about what you didn’t accomplish in December.
I had a TON of feedback when we set goals in January. Who’s still hanging with me in April?
And here’s your free monthly wallpaper. I’ve decided to offer a version with and without the calendar just in case you love it so much and want to keep it around.
Phone // Computer // Tablet
Phone // Computer // Tablet
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I’ve put off reading this post because the title alone brought me so much guilt. I knew it was coming. I knew the “check-in” was coming and girl I was so not ready.
I’ve planned…and failed to plan…made goals..reached goals…totally forgot about goals….
But your post didn’t make me feel bad about it. You encouraged me to pick up the pieces, evaluate where the problem lies and FIX IT!! I can’t give up. And I won’t.
So I appreciate the check in. And your transparency is always adored.
Here’s to second chances!
Kenyatta Harris says
Accountability is so key! At least you know you’re not alone. No need to feel bad! Get back at it and make things happen!