One of the best things to come out of blogging for me has been the motivation to improve myself in different areas of my life. Having a public forum that holds me accountable when I share my goals makes me much more likely to follow through with them!
This year, I’m trying something a little different. Instead of yearly goals, I’m setting monthly goals for myself. I found out last year that when I set short term goals, one at one hundred days and one at six months, that I liked the quicker time frame and felt more motivated to stay on track.
Each month I’ll set one goal in each of the following five areas: Spiritual Growth, Family, Relationships/Service, Personal Development/Health, and Blogging. I wanted only five goals per month, so I combined a couple of categories and will see how that works.
Here are my goals for January.
Spiritual Growth: Use the She Reads Truth app for Bible study every day. I’ve been using this app on my iPhone for about a week now and I’m really enjoying it. There are a few free reading plans – I’m currently working through Psalms of Gratitude – and the plans you pay for are $1.99. I believe you can access all of the plans for free on your pc, but I like the ease of having it on my phone since I can refer back to the passage at any point during the day.
Family: Pray for each of my immediate family members for 5 minutes a day (a total of 15 minutes). That doesn’t sound like a lot, but I want to develop more of a focused prayer time for each one.
Relationships/Service: Text one friend each week to let them know I am thinking of and praying for them.
Personal Development/Health: Practice the piano for 15 minutes a day, 3 times a week. My mom gave me some piano lessons when I was growing up, but it’s not something I’ve ever put much time into. I have a very easy book of hymns that I hope to work on this month and we’ll see if it’s something I want to pursue further.
Blog: Focus on growing Pinterest boards and interactions. I downloaded the 2016 Ultimate Pinterest Planner from Simple Pin Media, so I’ll use that to help me work towards this goal.
So that’s the plan for January! I’ll update my progress at the end of the month.
Have you set any goals for the new year?
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