Achieving Your Goals

April Monthly Review – Pruning

Last week on the blog I shared some tools to help you analyse how you are spending your time. When I sat down to write my review for April, I decided to reassess where I am spending my time.

I felt it important to do this as I was starting to feel a little stretched again. My assessment looked like this:
Time management matrix
I circled the activities I want to spend more time on and put lines through the activities that I am going to prune, which are:

  • My book list – I have just published my first review for the year and if I am to meet my goal for 2013, I need to read and review five more. I weighed up the competing needs of reading and making more one on one time with the kids and have chosen one on one time with the kids. I do hope to read another book this year, but I am going to take the pressure of myself, by not forcing it.
  • Unpaid speaking – each year I speak at many not for profit groups for no fee. I have always been happy to do this and will always try to fit some into my calendar. However I am not going to take on any further speaking commitments of this nature for the remainder of 2013. I put in the exact same effort and time to these presentations as I do for paid events, so I need to limit the time spent on them as it has a domino effect on my work load. More time spent on these activities, means less time on the blog – if I try to catch this up, it means less time with my family and that is not a sacrifice I want to make.
  • Coaching – I am in the process of finishing up with the last of my coaching clients and am not taking on any further commitments. This should leave room for me to take on a new project.

So some new additions and subtractions for this month!

My April 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.Over the last two weeks I have made the most significant changes ever to what I eat. With the exception of my diet coke addiction, I have completely taken processed foods out of my diet! Massive win this month. I feel confident I can keep it up too.
Read six books by the end of the year.As noted above, I am going to abandon this goal at this point.
Add variety to my exercise regime.Went back to check with the phsyio in April on my running injury as I was a little worried - thankfully it was nothing a little massage couldn't fix, but I do need to make sure I am stretching well and incorporating massage into my exercise routine.
Sleep at least 6 hours a night on a regular basis.April was not as good as March, but with the above pruning May should be better.

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.Not applicable this month.
Mr I will play football, cricket and cycle.Mr has started doing more running and swimming which is great to see.
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.Still 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.

What are you adding or pruning from your to do list?