Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Inching Toward Improvement

Since the first of the year, I've been setting goals/priorities for each month.  A few days before the month begins I write down 3 or 4 categories I want to work on and come up with a few mini goals for each.  As usual, I have much higher standards than what I actually follow through on.  That being said, I'm actually really pleased with the results.

For February I had 4 categories (Showing Love, Sign Language, Schedule and Bible Study) totaling 12 mini goals.  Out of the 12 I successfully reached 5 of them.  Less than half.  Sounds pretty pathetic when you look at it that way, but life really is all about perspective.  If I hadn't set those priorities, I assure you I wouldn't have even made it half as far as I did.  Plus, a few of the others I did about half way - not enough to say success - but improvement is improvement!

I will attribute some of my success to keeping a planner and actually using it.  That helps so much.  But a lot of it just has to do with writing the things I want to do down and then glancing at it once or twice a week.  There's just something about looking at handwritten goals that makes you punch laziness or procrastination in the face.  No really, you should try it.  It's quite refreshing to look at something you wanted to do and say "Yep! Did that!"  And even more refreshing to reap the benefits of those goals (like going to bed by 10 = way more energy).  So, today sit down for 5 minutes and write up some doable goals or priorities for March.  Even if you only complete one, that's better than last month when you didn't at all, right? :)

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