Tuesday, January 5, 2010

2010 Goals and a review of last years progress

Can anyone believe 2009 is done and over? Seems like just a couple weeks ago I was writing my 2009 Goals on my blog. With every new year I try to make a list of goals and tasks I would like to accomplish for that year.

Here is a link to last year's goals I had listed: 2009 Goals - Homeschool Memoirs #19 Making a List. I am sorry to say that I have not achieved all I had hoped and so some of the goals for 2010 will be the same as from 2009. In some areas I did make progress and I am going to concentrate on that and on what I want to accomplish in 2010 and not dwell to long on my failures.

Dawn at http://dawnspice.blogspot.com/2010/01/new-years-goals.html has a great way to make goals and achieve them. I hope to follow in her footsteps and make smaller goals that will help me meet my big goals. This year's goals are the black bullets and under them my first step toward achieving that goal with a white bullet point.

Personal Goals
  • Continue being consistent with my devotions. I joined a yahoo group Bible study. 
    • We read two Psalms/Proverbs, read three entries in Stepping Heavenward, sing or listen to Godly music, pray, and write in a journal. I want to keep this up even after we finish reading Stepping Heavenward, we are about half way through with a 90 day study. I will pick a new book and read other scripture and keep up with the other elements of the study. I am really enjoying it and find I am growing and being consistent with my devotions.
Health and Fitness

  • Exercise more, more often and consistently
    • start by walking 10-15 minutes a day on the Elliptical Walker
  • Eat better and loose weight
    • start by drinking more water and making sure to eat more fruit throughout the day and veggies at lunch

  • Read some books on homeschooling and other educational topics
    • start by reading Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell (a TOS Homeschool Review book)
  • Work on my own writing projects
    • work a little each week on the History Unit study projects I was working on or the E-book on Homeschool Organizing I was writing.
  • Spend some time scrapbooking
    • spend one afternoon at least every other week doing scrapbooking
  • Read some books for pleasure 
    • Read Kingdom's Dawn by Chuck Black
  • Continue blogging and remember it is supposed to be for fun and for the records for my family.
    • write more consistently on my blog at least 3 posts a week
Homeschool Goals:
  • Keep doing the Workboxes
    • make a schedule up for next weeks school and get the boxes prepped for Monday
  • Get the boys back on our daily "schedule" after our Christmas unit and Christmas break
  • Be more consistent on recording daily in our school log. I have been doing better than last year but I need to be even more consistent.
    • Daily writing in the school log before I forget the details
  • Be consistent with reviewing the boys daily assigned work and making sure they complete everything assigned to them and then put the stuff away in the folders/notebooks where it belongs.
    • We are starting this goal by putting away the stuff leftover from before Christmas so we can start fresh on Monday
  • Complete the TOS Homeschool Crew Review Year.
    • first write the review items for January: Worship Guitar due tomorrow
Family/Relationship Goals:
  • Healthier Eating 
    • more fruits and vegetables
  • Exercise at home on both our Bowflex (for muscle strengthening) and our Elliptical Walker and then also outside at Winterthur Estate and Gardens 
    • Make exercise a priority for the boys
  • More singing as a family
    • work on new song for special music on the 31st of January
  • Regular Personal Devotions for each family member and regular Family Devotions in the evening.
    • encourage the boys to do their devotions before school each day
  • Family evening read-aloud time more consistently.
    • pick a book to read next
  • Get back to evening read aloud time with the boys - I have not been doing that, so we are still on Little House in the Big Woods.
    • read at least two nights this week
  • Get back to meal planning because meals are more varied and we will have the ingredients shopped for ahead of time.
    • get the meals planned by Friday for the next two weeks so we can shop for the groceries on the weekend
  • Spend more time with my dear husband
    • date night at home this Friday
  • Spend time once a week with one of my kids, just mom and one of the kids having lunch in my bedroom alone and then doing whatever the child wants to do. Usually a combo of eating, talking and playing board games and/or computer games.
    • Find out who's turn is next and plan the day to do their day with me. Put it on the calendar so I can keep track of who is next for their turn.
I will keep this list and update the secondary bullet points periodically to put new short term goals in place

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