Achieving Your Goals

First Quarter Check In

Quarter one of 2013 is well and truly done and dusted now. When I asked readers if they set personal goals over 40% said yes but they forgot about them after the first month. So I imagine three months in even more have forgotten about them.

But you know what? You don’t have to wait until the end of a year to set new ones and try again. If your goals have been neglected for most of this year, dust them off, re-analyse them and start again. You can see my post here on how I set my personal goals for 2013.

This monthly review is so late I almost wasn’t going to do it. I was holding off so I could finally say I had read a book! Which I have now finished and will talk about next week on the blog.

We all have goals we struggle with – one out of six books in three months isn’t a great start to my year of more reading, but I am going to keep trying. Each book I read takes me closer to my goal and you can never tell what will happen in the next few months.

Having goals and publishing them here on the blog keeps me accountable. If you have had little success with goal setting, try:

  • Setting just three very specific goals. Give them time frames, boundaries and definitions.
  • Make them public. Tell your partner, post them on facebook or type them up, print them out and stick them on the fridge.
  • Review them. Aim for monthly and take an honest look at how you are going. Note the blockers and work out solutions to get around them.
  • Celebrate your successes!

My March goal review



Me - I am less rushed and healthier.

Continue to improve my diet: one meat free meal a week, reduce consumption of sugar and carbs.Big gains made this month on reducing my carbs. As part of the Cruskits Challenge I finally broke my habit of having toast everyday for lunch. Weeks after the challenge I still have not reverted back to my old ways.
Read six books by the end of the year.I have published my book list for 2013 here, and I have finished my first book - How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber. I had heard this book was great and it is. Highly recommend it to all parents.
Add variety to my exercise regime.Variety is good, but now need to find balance between running, classes and rest days.
Sleep at least 6 hours a night on a regular basis.Improvement on last month. Hitting this about 70% of the time in March.

Family - We spend more time doing things together.

Monthly family meetings.Target met!
Eat out together on a quarterly basis.Not applicable this month.
Have an active family holiday.Not applicable this month.
Two big bush walks throughout the year.Not applicable this month.

Relationship - We have more time together on our own and support each others interests.

A weekend away in 2013.Not applicable this month.
Attend an event in the Comedy Festival, see 1 play, see 1 live music gig and a attend one event at the Melbourne Festival.We went to a comedy festival gig (The Best of British) which was great fun.
Mr I will play football, cricket and cycle.Football season is in full swing now. Winter sees our weekends chock full of sports for everyone.
I will continue exercising 5 - 6 times a week.Goal met!

Work - Improved usability and resources on the blog and improved blogging skills.

Analyse PWK survey and implement changes to the blog by quarter one.Completed.
Develop the calendar to the next stage by quarter two.At a crossroads with this project at the moment.
Take course at Australian Writers Centre by quarter three.Not applicable this month.
Release new product by quarter four.Not applicable this month.

How are you going after the first quarter of 2013?