So I said in my last post this year I plan to make different. I plan to make the year of 2019 the best year yet! I plan on doing this by setting goals each month the help me be successful!
By knowing what my end of the year goals are I can then break them down into achievable action steps so that I can accomplish each of them. It also helps me not to forget them. Everyone gets excited for a new year but many people never follow through with what they dreamed the year would look like. So here are my broken down goals for January!
Morning and evening routines for the kids and myself
Get the kids on a morning and evening routine!
If there is one thing you need to know about me up front it’s that I’m the furthest from a type A personality as I can get. I rebel against routines, schedules, lists and anything that repeats. So this is a big thing! I’m actually only doing it because I know that it will make a HUGE impact on our days at home.
Our old way of life was just winging it. Every day there was a question of what we would do. School? Lazy day? Random trip to town? Homeschool activity? Who knew? I didn’t and I liked it that way. Except for the fact that it was way to easy to let the kids spend all day playing and I’d binge watch shows in my pajamas. This honest truth about our life is hard for me to admit. I’ve worked hard to portray a different life to others. Don’t get me wrong my kids have been learning throughout the last few years of school. And I honestly wouldn’t trade the time that they have been able to play and grow together and explore their interests. But with Bookworm turning 10 in just a few months it is time to get some structure going in his life. I mean the kid can’t even get up and get dressed without it taking him 20 minutes and tons of reminders. That’s got to change. And the change falls on me setting goals to make our life different but still full of fun and adventure.
In December when I found Kendra Hennessy over at Mother Like A Boss I knew I needed and could make some small changes to make a huge difference in our home. Listening to her podcasts was so motivating and encouraging! So I decided to start slow because of the holidays. We made the small change of getting dressed every morning and brushing our teeth as soon as we got up. This small change showed me that it was worth putting in the effort.
So for January I decided we would get the most bang for our effort if we started with morning and evening routines. By the end of the month the kids know that our family goal is to have them do these routines without being asked and reminded repeatedly. And I’m happy to report that things are going well so far. It’s quite exciting to see the change.
This is kind of vague and vague goals are not easy to accomplish. I made sure to break down this goal into parts that could be achieved each month. So for January I wanted to get the kids room more organized so they could keep it picked up. So I roped Cowboy into building some custom shelves for their clothes and toys.
I got to say I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. His next project this month is to build me a pantry! It will look similar to these shelves and will replace our cheap $15 bookcase we are currently using and hopefully have doors to hide the mess!
These were the two areas I wanted to focus on this month.
As we start on our tiny house expansion I know the house is going to go through lots of phases where it is just impossible to keep it together. So I’m trying to make some changes now that will make it possible to keep it the best we can. This will be important to keep my sanity through 2019.
Again this is very vague and I made sure to break it down to achieve parts each month. For the month of January I wanted to make sure and get through the areas that I wanted organized of course. So the kids clothes and toys are on that list. Also the pantry and the other bookcases in the living room. This is make our main living space more peaceful and calm. It will also make keeping things picked up.
One thing that I have learned by living in a tiny house is consuming products and collecting things in the house is a really hard habit to break. Even though we have gotten way better I still know that I’m consuming more than we need to. One way that I plan to declutter is by not bringing products into my house unless I’m sure that it is needed.
I’m excited to see what this year will look like by making these changes into our lives. I know it’s going to be great!
Do you have goals to accomplish this year? Have you broken them down? I’d love to hear what you are doing!