Sunday, January 11, 2015

My Big Three and my Schedule!

Let's start by taking a look at my blank chart.  At least I can take solace in the fact that it has exactly the same number of blank spaces as my 2013 chart did, strangely appropriate since I feel like I'm starting all over with The Progressive Planner.  In the past several posts, I gave you a quick summary of 2014, talked about some of my favorite goal brainstorming activities, then took you through each section to review my plans for 2015, including:

Now that you've seen everything I'd like to do with my year, let's plug it in to the chart!

As you can see, each block has its own specialized goal.  It is important to note that I split up my huge weight loss goal into four more achievable 15 pound loss goals for my health section.  That way, if I don't lose all 60 pounds but I still experience weight loss, I don't feel like a failure.  That's incredibly important when you're planning your goals: Not setting yourself up to fail.

While this looks great on paper, that is 31 separate goals up there.  Thirty-one.  That's a lot of work for one year!  If I have a massive health flare or a family emergency, there's a good chance I won't be able to accomplish everything I've set out to do.  As I said just a second ago, I certainly don't want to set myself up for failure.  If I can't accomplish all 31 of my goals, I don't want to feel like I wasted my time.

So, as a precautionary measure, I want to take a look at all of my goals and pick out my "Big Three:" The three goals that would make me feel as though I definitely accomplished something, even if all I were able to succeed at were just those three.

1. Lose Half of my Goal Pounds (30 lbs).
While 60 pounds in a year sets me up for five pounds a month, which is pretty doable, I know it'll get harder the closer I get to goal.  Should I have any major life-changing events, it may not be fully achievable.  But I'm also aware that losing weight is imperative to getting healthier, particularly with my chronic illness.  Thirty pounds in 12 months is just two and a half pounds a month.  It gets me to 174 lbs.  While still overweight, that's much closer to what I typically hover around when not exercising and dieting.  It effectively erases all the medical tests and my giving up in 2014.  It's much more "me."  And, even if that's all I achieve, I'd be happy with that.

2. Keep Better Work Records.
It seems simple enough, but this one thing is absolutely necessary to how I run my business.  Even if I can't get my website updated or keep on track for weekly caricatures, I have to get the financial side of my business under control.  It's not particularly out of control, but it could be so much better.  So this absolutely has to be done.

3. Have an Extra $1000 in Savings by 2016.
The way I did my budget has us saving everything I earn in 2015 and only spending what my husband makes, but it doesn't give us an exact amount.  I also know that a "life-changing event" could also mean extra expenses we weren't anticipating.  However, having an extra $1000 in savings means that we had to keep to the budget, even if just a little bit.  It also means that we're one step closer to having a better emergency fund, which is something we desperately need given the way our lives work.  Like losing half of my goal pounds and keeping better work records, this goal is so necessary that I can't skip it.

Just how did I choose these?  If you've been following me on this journey but feel stuck at this point, here are some tips from how I picked my Big Three:

  1. Choose from sections that have the most number of goals.  That way, if you don't achieve them all, you've at least got one under your belt.
  2. Look at your doubles.  If you have the same goal in multiple sections of your worksheet, then there's a good chance that it's really important.  While I have no repeats this year, I have in previous years.
  3. Don't pull multiple goals from the same section for your Big Three.  For example, I don't want my Big Three to be "lose 15 pounds," "lose 30 pounds," and "lose 45 pounds."  That really does nothing for me, and it makes me over-focus in one aspect of my life.
  4. Ask yourself this question:  If you accomplish absolutely nothing else, what are the three achievable goals that would make you feel like a rock star upon completion?  You want to choose a goal that's going to make you feel good about yourself at the end of the year.
However, just because I have three specific goals I'd like to accomplish doesn't mean I shouldn't plan to accomplish all of my goals!  I ended each section's article with a little commentary on how I was going to track each month's goals.  Here's the finalized Check-In List!

Time frame is currently 0% over.
Overall: 0% complete.

Goals that are crossed out are goals not applicable to this month unless otherwise noted.

Career Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Keep better records. – 0% complete
Organize computer. – 0% complete.
Update website. – 0% complete.
One caricature per week. – 0% complete.

Financial Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Maintain a Budget. – 0% complete
Build on Savings. – 0% complete.
Build Marietta's Credit. – 0% complete.
Build Aaron's Credit. – 0% complete.
Pay off Chase Loan. – 0% complete.
Research Retirement Options. – 0% complete.

Health Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Lose 1.15 pounds a week. – 0% complete
Stay on diet at least six days a week. – 0% complete.
Exercise X times a week. – 0% complete.
Improve mental health. – 0% complete.

Home Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Household system. – 0% complete
Organization. – 0% complete.
Recreate the bedroom. – 0% complete.

Knowledge Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Daily mental exercises. – 0% complete
Visit news sites. – 0% complete.
Read one book. – 0% complete.
Take one class. – 0% complete.

Personal Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Daily schedule. – 0% complete
Gardening. – 0% complete.
Travel one place for the year. – 0% complete.

Relationship Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
One date night. – 0% complete
Weekly walks. – 0% complete.

Spiritual Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)
Update Witchy Words. – 0% complete
Rune Studies. – 0% complete.


Checklist for this month:
1. ____.
2. ____.


Coming up:
My January 2015 Check-In List!

To my audience:
What are your "Big Three" goals?

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