I have felt a bit off lately. I feel a bit off kilter and unbalanced. Sometimes I can see why directly, others I can't seem to put my finger on why I seem to feel so out of it. It seems that I will be very strong in one area of my life and completely lacking in another area of my life.
I have decided to reevaluate some of my life goals and see if I can't get some of that balance back and sync all areas of my life.
At the beginning of this year I did Chalene Johnson's 30 Day Push Challenge and I have decided to take it again and work to align my priorities with my life goals to hopefully create some solidarity with what I want out of life with where my priorities lie.
I love the 30 Day Challenge that Chalene does because it is a lot of focus on creating priorities in life (because really, my priorities as a SAH mom differ vastly than a mom who works...) and creating goals that help support those priorities. The basis of the challenge is to create a list of 10 goals centered around the personal priorities and in that list, identify one or two goals that create a domino effect in making all other goals come to light -- or the Push Goal. Every day there is a video to watch that describes the challenge of the day and a worksheet to support that challenge (I have a notebook set up in my Evernote that I am keep my stuff in). I bought her book, but I honestly can say that I think the 30 day program is laid out better -- the book is just confusing. For anyone interested, her program is free:
I like it because it gives me some foundation to build my goals on. It is asked that each week the goals be reevaluated so it is easier to really figure out which goals are the ones most important.
I sat down today and created my list of top 10 goals:
1. Reach 20% body fat
2. Eat clean daily, track nutrition daily in Fitbook and finish New Rules of Lifting for Life program
3. (PUSH goal) Become more organized by creating and maintaining my to do list, and quit procrastinating!
4. Go completely paperless at home
5. Find something that I would like to do for myself
6. Work to spend quality, individual time with each of the kids when possible and strengthen the bonds with each kiddo
7. Bi-weekly/monthly date night with Dave to strengthen the marriage bond and our relationship
8. Read one book on personal growth each month
9. Create and maintain a solid household budget to help provide a good foundation for our family's money
10. Join a gym
I have struggled a bit with setting goals. Sometimes I feel like any goal I set isn't big enough or good enough. I try to find goals that will work to improve me as a mom and a wife, being a better person and focusing on my health and fitness (all three of my priorities) and I feel that I have created a list of 10 goals that support all three of my top priorities. I read through some of the goals that others have set and I feel almost embarrassed by my list, but I need to stop that. Focusing on being a more productive and organized mom will help me be a better mom. At the moment I don't have time to be able to focus on much more. I will someday and have bigger goals awaiting my list, but they just have to wait until the kids are older.
I am not a naturally organized person. I hate to admit this, but I procrastinate something terrible. I hate it and it stresses me out. I find that the more things I procrastinate on the more out of it I feel. There is always that looming thought in the back of my mind about the things I *should* be doing instead of really focusing on what needs to be done. Dumb, I know. I really need to focus once again on creating and maintaining that awesome to do list. I have been bad about it, but I find that when I focus on it, it helps me out so much with my productivity. I mean, facing reality, I am in charge of running a household of six people. If I am out of sync, unorganized and unproductive, it spills over and effects everyone else in one form or another (typically with my grumpiness...). With the format that Chalene uses with the to do list, basically after reverse engineering the goals (with primary focus on the Push goal) 2-3 tasks that further the push goal goes on the to do list every day so there is always that little daily push to accomplish and tackle that big goal. I have an awesome app on my phone and tablet that syncs with Google tasks so I have my to do list with me everywhere. No excuses.
So with that, I am once again dredging out my to do list, focusing on being a more productive person and digging myself out of this slump I am in.
Wish me luck!