Setting goals and achieving them is something new that I’ve been working on in the last couple of months. For the first time this year, I’ve decided to set some clear and specific goals, which I would like to achieve by the end of December 2016. I still have a lot to learn about successful goal-setting, but I’m getting closer to it one step at a time. I do know, however, how important accountability can be when it comes to achieving the goals we have set. That’s why I decided to share with you my goals for 2016. I believe that this will motivate me even more on my way to achieving them and will probably even motivate some of you to transform your New Year’s wishes into achievable goals.
I really want 2016 to mark a new beginning in our family life. I want us to lead a healthier and more intentional lifestyle. And, honestly speaking, this pretty much depends on me. As a stay-at-home mom I have the ability to manage our family life in the direction I would like it to take. For that, however, I would need to work on some habits and skills that have remained neglected for quite some time.
Also, in 2016 I would like to focus on myself as well: both in a personal and public profile. I want to learn more, experiment more, be more motivated and energetic in the things I undertake.
Based on all those wishes, here are my goals for 2016:
- Read the Bible
Honestly, I’ve never read the whole Bible. I’ve tried a couple of times, but this time I’ll do it. I find this website very helpful. It offers plenty of Bible Study plans and helps me to stay on track more easily. I have started the Classic Bible Study, which lasts 365 days. I read three passages each day, starting with Genesis, Psalms and Luke.
- Write on my blog(s)
I actually have two:) This one and one more which is in Bulgarian (my native language). My goal is to post 3-4 times per week in both of them. With a one-year-old to take care of all the time, this will be a tough job, but it’s one of my biggest priorities for 2016.
- Be a better mom
We all want that, don’t we? With so many things going on, it’s easy to feel like we’re not giving out best where it is most needed (at least I feel that way). That’s why my goal is to spend one hour quality time with my son every single day. No cell phones. No laptops. No distractions. It will be a time for learning and exploring new things together.
- Be a better wife
Yup, a lot of improving will be done in 2016 (or so I hope). My goal is to initiate one date night per week, and to have a greeting meal at least three times per week. In case you’re wondering what a greeting meal is, it’s a small meal (or a snack) to greet my husband with when he comes home from work.
- Healthy eating
Now this will be something completely new for me! As I’ve mentioned earlier, I want our family to focus on a more healthy lifestyle and this definitely includes food. I want to add to our family menu at least one healthy recipe each week and to create at least 3 different weekly menu plans.
- Staying fit
I currently exercise 3 times per week, whenever I have time during the day. However, I want to start exercising every single day before my son wakes up in the morning. This wouldn’t be easy, since I’m not a morning person at all, but I want to at least give it a try.
- Read more
I love reading and I want to make more room for it in 2016. My goal is to read at least 2 books per month.
- Improve my Russian
We currently live in a country where many people speak Russian. In order to be able to communicate more with them I will definitely have to put some effort into learning. I can’t say that I’m delighted to do that, but… one’s got to do what one’s got to do.
- Do something for myself every day
It doesn’t have to be big, but I’ve discovered that 5-10 minutes per day spent on doing my hair or nails, or whatever I feel like doing, can play a huge role in my overall state of well-being. I feel more confident and more motivated to bring meaning to my day.
In my previous post 5 Easy Small Steps for a Successful New Year, I’ve mentioned that my word for 2016 is mobilization. Since all those goals aren’t things that I normally spend time on (or at least far not enough), I feel that I will have to mobilize all my strength and energy in order to achieve them. That’s why I chose this, a bit unusual, word for my 2016.
What goals have you set for 2016? Feel free to share with me in the comments below, thus creating additional feeling of accountability on your way to achieving them.