Embracing the Quarterly Season (Setting Smarter Goals) | Summer Boot Camp

Good Evening! It’s Monday!!

This is supposed to be a morning post but I didn’t have enough time to finish and post before leaving for work. However, it is a Monday post and even though it’s been a looooooong day and I was seriously considering skipping this post, a deadline is a deadline so press forward I shall!

This week, I’m tackling setting smarter goals.

2 Embracing the Quartely Season

Last Monday, I wrote about writing a mission statement and redefining resolutions. I have written my personal mission statement and while I’m still working on my resolutions, I did write my goals for the remainder of the year. With six months left in the year, there is still plenty of time to get a lot done.

In the past, I would just write a list at the beginning of the year with all the goals I wanted to accomplish. Something like this:

  • Exercise every day
  • Learn how to drive a stick shift
  • Learn how to play the guitar
  • Sleep more
  • Read the Bible everyday
  • Blog 3 times a week

Does this look familiar? By the end of the year, I’d maaaybe have one or two things done. The thing about goals is that you can’t just write them down. Goals have to turn into task lists. You have to break them down into actionable items, otherwise they’re just going to sit there and collect dust. So for instance, for exercising, a task list could look something like:

  • Get a gym membership
  • Schedule days during the week to go to the gym
  • By work out clothes and new gym shoes
  • Make a list of pre and post workout shakes
  • Set a fitness goal (weight loss, strength training, etc.)
  • Find a work out buddy
  • Lose 50 pounds
  • Buy new wardrobe when desired goal is reached

You get the idea. But instead of creating task lists for the entire year, break it up into the quarterly seasons (Jan-Mar, Apr-Jun, Jul-Sep, Oct-Dec). Identify what needs to be done for each of your goals and plot those items in the quarter you want to get them done. Don’t try and do everything at once, spread activities out so you’re not overwhelming yourself. Maybe a goal spans en entire year, maybe just one or two seasons. A first quarter schedule could look like this:

January:

  • Set fitness goal
  • Get gym membership
  • Figure out which days work best for working out. Coordinate with work schedule, family responsibilities, social engagements, sleep schedule, etc. (Allow at least two weeks to find a good rhythm)
  • Buy new work out clothes

February

  • Research pre and post workout shakes
  • Find a work out buddy
  • Track progress through this month

March

  • Lose 5 pounds this month
  • Research healthy lunches to bring to work and cut out sugary drinks this month and track progress

I’m just throwing out examples, not suggesting any particular order necessarily. You get what I’m saying though. Quarters are good chunks of time to divvy up a task list–not too long to lose steam and not to short that you can’t get a lot done.

The reality of goals is we probably won’t get everything done on a list and that’s okay. Life happens, plans change, you tweak and adjust and move on. The point is to have a good starting point and a framework for planning things out.

There are 2 quarters left in the year–July through Sept and October through December–so this week, I will be writing out my goals some task lists for the next quarter at least.

My to-do list for this week is short and sweet:

  • Write my task lists for the goals I wrote last week.

Right now though, it is way past my bed time and I have a staff meeting at work I have to leave a bit early for!

Good night y’all!

Writing Your Personal Mission Statement (Redefining Your Resolutions) | Summer Boot Camp

Good Morning! It’s Monday!!!

It’s also June. Can you believe how fast this year is flying? Not too long ago, I sat and reviewed the past few months and compared them to the things I want to accomplish this year, I couldn’t help feeling a tad overwhelmed.

“How in the world am I going to get all of this done?!”

“Forget it, I’ll never get any of this done.”

Does this happen to you? You get to the middle of the year and feel like those resolutions you wrote in January are now so unachievable and maybe even a tad bit ridiculous. You didn’t exercise the way you wanted to, you’re still eating junk food, and you’re not getting enough rest. You’re still glued to those bad habits and your desire to be more patient flies out the window when that stupid driver cuts you off on the way to work. Yeeeah, I know, me too.

After looking at my list a second time, I decided that my goals are not ridiculous and I should give it another go. When you’ve failed at your new years resolutions, you don’t despair, you just revisit and redefine them.

What to do When You've Failed at Your New Years Resolutions

So this month I’m doing a summer bootcamp for myself. I did a bootcamp in December to prep for the upcoming resolutions I was going to make (you can check out that post here.) It was a rather successful attempt at setting myself up for the new year but now it’s June and it’s time to go back to the drawing board. It’s time for another bootcamp.

This is totally experimental–I’m not writing from expertise. Over the next several weeks, on Monday morning, I’m going to write about an aspect of goal setting that I want to address in my life this summer. At the end of each post, I’ll write my goal(s) for the week.

Part of this personal bootcamp is making myself publicly accountable so I’m going to share my 4 topics right here:

  1. Writing a Personal Mission Statement
  2. Embracing the Quarterly Seasons
  3. Building Your Daily Routine
  4. Getting in Gear for the Next Season

Okay, enough of the prologue, let’s talk about mission statements and redefining resolutions!

1 Writing Your Personal Mission Statement

First of all, what is a mission statement?  Well, in a company or an organization, a mission statement explains why the organization exists and its focus. This is important for decision making. When you know what your focus is, you can better filter opportunities. You know better when to say yes and when to say no. For some example mission statements, check out this article.

A personal mission statement is the same. It also states a focus. When you’re able to express your life focus, you can better filter your opportunities. You also know how to better respond to unexpected situations. You know when to say yes and no. This doesn’t mean you never make mistakes, but it does give you a home base to start from and come back to when you’ve veered off course.

This statement doesn’t have to be profound or fancy, it just has to be you. It has to reflect your passions, your priorities, your beliefs, and your direction.

Now, what does a mission statement have to do with resolutions? Well, what does the word resolve mean? Resolve means to determine to do something. When you know what your life focus is, in the form of a mission statement, you can break that down or expound on it in the form of resolutions. What are you determined to accomplish? What do you want people to remember you by? What chances do you want to take? What you need less of? More of? What changes do you need to make? All of this is reflected in your resolutions.

Here’s where it’s important to not confuse resolutions with goal setting. They seem similar but I like to think that resolutions are big picture and goal setting is more detailed work. What do I mean by that? For instance,

Resolution: Commit to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Goal: Drink 8 glasses of water every day. 

Goal: Work out at least 3 times a week.

Resolution: Spend quality time with my family

Goal: Plan family vacation

Goal: Have family fun night once a week

Goal: Eat dinner together at least 3 times a week

See the difference? And from goals, you build tasks lists:

  • Bring water bottle to work
  • Check off bottles finished as I drink

 

  • Set out workout clothes every night before bed
  • Make after-workout smoothie

 

  • Don’t schedule anymore Thursday afternoon meetings
  • Start family vacation fund

Goals & tasks sometimes ‘look alike’ and there’s no right or wrong, the point is to break things down into actionable items so they get done. It can be easy to get something on paper but action can be a totally different story!

So as you go through and review your failed resolutions, consider starting with the bigger picture–your life. Instead of writing another list of resolutions, write a life mission statement. After that, follow it up with a life resolution list. From there, write down the goals you want to accomplish to fulfill those resolutions. From there, you can construct your daily, weekly, monthly task lists.

For some example mission statements, check out this article

LifeMission Statement

My goals for this week are to:

  • Write my personal mission statement
  • Write my life resolutions
  • Write my goal list for the rest of the year

I’ll report my progress next Monday on my next post about using the quarterly seasons to organize and plan your goals rather than having them scattered haphazardly across an entire year.

If you’d like to explore mission statements, resolutions, and life planning further, then I HIGHLY recommend Michael Hyatt’s new book Living Forward (Amazon). I just finished the audiobook recently and it’s very good!

Living Forward Book

Have a great Monday y’all!

April To Do List

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 Why hello April!  So nice of you to arrive!

1. Establish a Sleep Schedule and Morning Routine – I keep failing at this and I refuse to give up!  My plan is to go to sleep no later than 10 o’clock and rise no later than 6. After I get that down, I’m going to switch to sleep at 9 o’clock and waking at 5.  And while I’ve been working out faithfully, my devotional time continues to be at sporadic times.  Sooooo…

  1. Wake Up
  2. Devotions
  3. Work Out

If I can just establish these 3 things, my days would fall into a better pattern.  I’m not sure why this is so hard but it is and I want to get it together already!

2. Read/Finish at Least 5 Books – Audiobooks, audiobooks, audiobooks, baby!  I have several titles to get through besides whatever print books I can manage to sit down with.

3. Try 4 New Juice Recipes – My family’s been on a juicing kick that we’ve no desire to let go of.  My mom’s got this great juicing recipe book and I want to try some new combos!

4. Establish Writing/Blogging Schedule – This is pretty self-explanatory.  It goes along the same lines as establishing my morning routine – I need a writing routine!

5. Catch Up on Book Reviews – I’ve been behind in book review since 2013  – oh the shame XD lol.  Over on my book blog, I made the goal to blog about every single book I read this year and I pledged to read 100 books in 2015.  Yeeeeeeah.  Let me just catch up on the books I’ve read so far this year and back track as much as possible.    

6. Recipe Binder – I started this project last month and need to complete it! 🙂

7. Update My Resume – Self explanatory.

8. Get New Calling Cards Printed – Back in the day, people left their card when they went calling on neighbors or potential associates.  It bore their name and information so the person who was called on knew who had been by and how to get in touch with them.  A calling card is like a business card but for an individual who doesn’t own or represent a company.  It has your name and whatever information you want to give people so they can get in touch with you!  I had some made a few years ago and they need to be updated.

9. Spring Clean and Organize My Bedroom – I’m not sure why but I feel like my room has gotten smaller in the past month or so and it’s driving me nuts!  I need a new desk situation and some more storage.  I also need to go through my clothes and get rid of stuff I don’t wear anymore.  It’s so easy to keep pieces cause you may wear them again someday.  But seriously, dude, if it’s been hanging there and you NEVER wear it, then give it away so at least someone else can and you gain space for things you actually use.

Recurring Goals

  1. Work out daily, M-F
  2. Blog at least twice a week
  3. Practice piano for at least an hour daily

This is my longest list so far this year and I’m determined to get an A at the end!!  Here we gooooooooo!