January 2014 Goals

January 2014 Goals for Organize 365

I think I spend more time planning my new year calendar than I do planning Christmas.

Funny story…Greg bought me a Franklin Covey Planner one year for Christmas. I spent the. whole. day. in front of the fire organizing it. I have never received another organizing gift.

A new year. A new planner. The possibilities….

I actually view my year as 3 mini years. I have the start of the school year, the actual new year, and the start of summer. Each one has a rhythm, a set of goals and a different schedule.

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I have already read Crystal Payne’s new book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. The book is available for pre-order now.

I have been following Crystal’s blog Money Saving Mom for over 5 years. Her weekly goal posts have encouraged me to set weekly goals as well.

As part of her book launch team, I was able to read her book early – twice! This book is coming at the perfect time in my life. I really feel a momentum growing in my business, and I want to keep that in balance with my home goals as much as possible.

Using Crystal’s steps I created the following Goals for 2014.

Lisa’s 2014 Goals

Nurture a vibrant and happy marriage.

I have been much more purposeful in prioritizing my marriage this past year. I want to continue to make sure that our relationship is more than to-do lists and calendar meetings. :) The only way we have time to really connect and talk is if I plan it. So, here’s the plan:

  • Get ready after the kids are off to school with Hubby.
  • Talk weekly at home for 2 hours uninterrupted.
  • Go on a weekly date night.

family

Proactively parent the children God has blessed us with (add to current strategies).

I thought I was ready to be a parent. What I wasn’t ready for was changing my parenting paradigm. With 14 years of parenting under my belt, I can firmly say I know 1 thing. I am Joey and Abby’s mom for a reason. And you are, too. I have learned to trust my “mommy gut.”

My kids’ educational and medical needs are met and then some, but what I need to focus on are our relational family memories. So, here’s the plan:

  • Plan a monthly memorable family experience. {Make a scrapbook for Christmas?}
  • Spend one hour each week listening to each child.
  • On Sunday, look at the upcoming week and anticipate what I need to do for my kids.

money tree

Create a financial surplus.

It has been ten years since I have had a steady healthy paycheck. God has always provided. I feel like I have finally hit on what I was called to do: help people get organized and brand their home based businesses. Organize 365 has surpassed my goals, and I am excited to see where it will go this year.

Along with an income, I have also been focusing on controlling our spending and delaying gratification. I’m using spreadsheets, budgets and envelopes of cash to make the transition. So, here’s the plan:

  • Pay off debt.
  • Use cash.

Organize 365

Motivate others in problem solving.

I LOVE being a professional organizer and business coach. This year, I am using my teaching background to add online email delivered classes so that more women can live organized lives in a business they love. So, here’s the plan:

  • Continue to post 5 times a week.
  • Develop 13 online –on demand workshops for organization, direct sales leaders and professional organizers.
  • Continue to work with direct sales companies to develop and expand their training offerings.
  • Coach women to reach their goals.

40 Weeks 1 WHOLE house

Simplify and beautify our home.

I am organized. It is very rare that I have to look for anything, but it’s not “pretty.” I remember when my home was ready for guests all the time. The last few years, I have told myself it’s OK… the house has projects everywhere because I am growing a new business. And it was OK.

But not anymore. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but I’d like my home more presentable on a daily basis. In addition, I would love for some of my organized rooms and spaces to be magazine worthy. So, here’s the plan:

  • Continue to purge and organize our home.
  • Complete 1 “pretty” organizational project each month.
  • Tackle 12 household repair projects this year. { Mostly in the summer}

Embrace technology earlier.

I am ready to embrace technology. I have spent so many hours trying to use older technology. If there is one thing getting an iPhone has taught me, it’s that I waited too long. It’s time to bite the bullet and just embrace all kinds of technology.

I have spent the last 2 weeks testing out software and apps to streamline and systematize my life. So, here’s the plan:

  • Utilize more electronic apps and systems.
  • Share what I have learned in workshops and blog posts.

Weekly Sunday Basket pic

I plan my work on Sunday nights when I go through my Sunday Basket. So, each Sunday I will post my goals for the upcoming week.

What about you? Do you have goals for 2014?

Comments

  1. says

    My blog is a personal documentation of controlling my chaos and tools I use at both home and work. This is my TOP 5 list. It will be something I will be revisiting throughout the year. Thanks!

  2. says

    That Sunday basket idea is a good one. I’m working on getting organized myself–and just so you know, you’re a big help in that area. Thanks!

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