Achieving Your Goals

Pacing and Planning

Ensuring I meet my goals over the next couple of months is critical for me. I find that once term four starts in October, we are on the downhill run to Christmas and everything just seems to speed up then!

Throughout July, as you would have read on the blog, I undertook some preparation and planning for Christmas 2013. While not necessary writing about it on the blog, this is something I will continue to do. This month I am going to start some present shopping.

It can seem kind of odd to do some of these things so far in advance, but the end of the year is always a busy time for our family. End of school, two birthdays, Christmas, travel and so on. Pacing the work throughout the quieter months means I can actually enjoy the festive season more and not feel so stressed.

Some other things I would like to knock off my to do list before October are:

  • Kids’ toy cull.
  • Declutter my wardrobe.
  • Reogranise the crockery and glassware in the kitchen cupboards – need to use this space better than what I am currently doing.
  • Declutter the attic – as the youngest is now 4.5 years old, there would be much in there that I don’t really need, but am simply hanging on to.

My July 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.Mid way through July I completed the Zone/Paleo eating challenge I undertook with my gym.

I managed to keep it up even when I traveled to the US. While not following it as strictly as I was, I am still eating clean and putting thought into my food so I am eating to be able to feed by body properly for performance.
Read six books by the end of the year.Even though I abandoned this goal I actually read two books over the last month, I am hoping to review them at some point later this year:

Add variety to my exercise regime.Goal met.
Sleep at least 6 hours a night on a regular basis.Probably at max 60% hit ratio with this, so work still needed here.

Family - We spend more time doing things together.

Monthly family meetings.Goal met!
Eat out together on a quarterly basis.Have an outing planned for August.
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.Attended a black tie function together which was a lot of fun.
Mr I will play football, cricket and cycle.As Mr I ramps up his exercise we are having to negotiate a little more on times for our exercise sessions
I will continue exercising 5 - 6 times a week.Goal met! I do need to look into some supplements though, as I increase my training schedule I need to make sure I am not running myself down.

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.No longer proceeding with this.
Take course at Australian Writers Centre by quarter three.Not applicable this month.
Release new product by quarter four.Have changed the goal for this from being something short term, to longer term. Unsure of when I will launch it as yet.

What would you like to cross off from your to do list?