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How to… Create a List of Weekly Goals

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Between laundry, your work schedule, kid’s sports and managing your home, even the most well meaning mom will get overwhelmed. Thankfully setting goals will help keep you on track and balance out the many hats you wear throughout the week.
When moms reach out to me saying they feel overwhelmed or unable to “do it all” this has been the number one piece of advice I’ve offered – create a list of goals. The feeling of accomplishment when you cross off one more task is incredibly motivating and uplifting in the low moments that can often accompany motherhood.
In the coming weeks we’re going to explore the ins and outs of accomplishing your goals, but today I’d like to start with the easiest (and hardest) step… actually sitting down to make the list.
Pick 2-5 Goal Categories
What are the most important areas of your life right now, at this moment in time? Every week when I post my goals live on the blog I center them around the following categories:
  • Classroom Goals (Interchangeable with “work goals” since I’m a teacher)
  • Household/Family/Mommy Goals
  • Marriage Goals
  • Personal Goals
  • Blogging Goals
Brainstorm a List of 2-5 Things to Accomplish in Each
Challenge yourself to create a minimum of two and maximum of five goals in each category. Once you get good at completing the maximum, perhaps you can step it up to six or seven, but with all new things it’s better to start off small. Otherwise you run the risk of biting off more than you can chew, and consequently throwing in the towel. Check out my most recent weekly goal post for examples.
Taking the time to write out my goals & cross off tasks as I complete them is a big part of how I manage the many hats in my life. By only setting a few goals in each category, I’m more likely to be successful. Did you get to the end of the week without finishing some of your goals? Join the club – it happens to the best of us sometimes – when this happens I either have a “cram” goals session right at the end of the week to finish them up in one big batch, or I just put them on next week’s list. (When setting goals its important to give yourself a certain level of grace!)
Looking for a little extra credit reading? Check out Crystal Paine’s book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life – it’s an amazing read. (Available for purchase on Amazon.)
How has making lists made a difference in your life? Do you have any tried and true methods for creating the ideal goal list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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