Balanced Goals

I know this time of year you are bombarded with new year resolution posts. It's only natural. The beginning of a new year is a clean slate. All those things I wanted to do "someday" feel like they are easier to accomplish in January. I had a goal in mind for this year which was to be consistent with exercise, but then I was approached by Sarah, the designer behind Imagined Landscapes and winner of the 2015 DesignAlong hosted by A Playful Day blog and podcast. Sarah is hosting a Goal Along on her website that is focused on balancing the goals in the different aspects of your life. 

As some people will have "Business" as an area of their life that they would like to change, Sarah asked me if I would consider doing a blog post on what I had learned over the last year about launching my business. I realized that most of what I had learned about my business I learned about myself as a person too. You can read my guest post here.

As I started to read more about the GoalAlong, I started to remember saying things over the last year such as, "I have been meaning to..." and "I keep thinking I was going to do that and then I got distracted". I am someone who really strives for balance (in moderation). Being a mom, a wife, a friend and a business woman can sometimes pull me in one direction and leave me feeling as though I am neglecting the other areas of my life. Sarah has laid out a great way to decide what you want to focus on, set goals, and breaks them up so they aren't so overwhelming. 

Here are my goals for the next few months.

Don't make fun of my wonky circles, they are an artistic expression!

Don't make fun of my wonky circles, they are an artistic expression!

I have four areas I want to focus on. I have 4 months on my sheet and at the end I will review and adjust my goals for the next few months. Some months are split depending on the number of weeks in the month or number of times I have to accomplish something to meet that goal (For example, I have 4 weeks to exercise in January and I have 3 opportunities to take on in each month for my business goal). As I accomplish each goal I will color them in. I like visual charts for my goals because it lets me see at a glance how things are going. 

Lunch with my friend ACCOMPLISHES my social goal for the week.

Lunch with my friend ACCOMPLISHES my social goal for the week.

You may notice that I had to entice myself a little for the exercise goal. For every month I complete successfully, I earn $10 of yarn money. I have been making excuses for months about why today is not a day to go for a walk or get on the elliptical or even do some tai chi. A little yarn money can sweeten any deal.