I have been listening to Michael Hyatt’s podcasts for a few seasons now and I love the wisdom and ideas he inspires. Of of his practices he suggests for goal setting is to take a day (or several hours) and plan out your yearly goals in segments of 90 days at a time.
I’ve planned some big goals for this year, and have utilized my Passion Planner and my blog as a means for seeing those goals become concrete results. I set forth plans for the 90 day window from mid-November through mid-February. These were things like rebuilding my new blog format, writing regularly and getting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and finally finishing my book manuscript. I set goals for the coming year in a variety of categories. And I began documenting things like monthly date nights, chores to teach our children and some areas of personal care.
I did this planning again from mid-February through (now) mid-May. Things like monthly book reports, tracking what I’m learning each month and a concrete finishing goal for finishing Mission Ready Marriage were all highlights of these most recent months.
It’s time again to put some boundaries and parameters on what I hope to achieve between mid-May and mid-August, the time also known as summer.
After a long but full school year, and many months of working hard, summer is going to be a time of rest, good health and being a fun mom.
Here is my tentative list for my three areas of investment this summer.
- sleeping late with no alarm
- coffee drinking and Bible reading on my back porch
- catching up on a few of my shows on Netflix without guilt
- reading for pleasure
- getting a legitimate tan
- taking naps when I feel like it
- meeting friends for late or early coffee and chatting
- being okay with quiet/down time and occasional boredom
- monitoring intake of healthy foods
- exercising regularly
- morning and evening walks when it’s cool outside
- fitness classes at our local Y
- writing regular blog posts for my mental health
- no lists or formulas for fun (summer reading, bucket lists, etc.) let it happen organically
- travel to Tennessee at least twice
- travel to
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- travel to Fort Myers
- be a local tourist and enjoy the Blue Star family program
- see movies
- go swimming (pool, beach, with friends, splash pads)
- play games with my kids
- be present
I know, who has to make a list to be reminded to take a nap? It’s sad.
But I have found by writing out and articulating how I envision my 90 day goals to go, I am half way there. In a way this is a way to give myself permission to set aside performance and working and striving. I spend a lot of the school year doing just that and I’m taking a vacation from my typical busyness these next few months.
Are you a big picture planner and goal setter? What are your plans for summer?