This year I will make time for and focus on the things that matter most to me. Looking back, too often I found myself frustrated because things didn’t go as I wished – but I made excuses, got angry, blamed outside forces, and generally found myself anxious, agitated, and disappointed. This year I am taking responsibility and will use my time and energy in a focused manner to make a positive difference in my own life and the lives of those who matter most to me.
This blog has been used (and mostly, unused) in many ways over the course of its life. This year, I am using it as a way to set goals, hold myself accountable for meeting those goals, and to reflect. Having this space as an outlet for my own thoughts and writing is one step toward making time for self care which I believe is part of being healthier.
Speaking of goals, I have set yearly goals to keep myself focused. All goals are categorized into the four categories that are most important to me this year – Self, Relationships, Home, and Work. The yearly goals are broad, but provide a guideline for my own priorities. I will then set – and share, monthly goals which are designed to help meet my yearly goals.
|Focus for the Year||* Be Healthy – physically and mentally
* Focus on Christ
|* Quality time with kids and husband
* Show my family how much I love and care for them through my words and actions daily.
|* Create a nurturing calm home.
* Be welcoming
|* Provide timely feedback to my students
* Develop and implement plans and systems to increase student success.
And, because there is no time like the present:
|January||Make breakfast at home.
Read scripture daily.
|No phones or screens while I am spending time with kids and husband.
Stop and think before yelling.
|Get clothes out for kids for kids on Sunday.
Tidy the house before bed every night.
|Spend one entire planning period grading every day.
Reinforce argument introduction.
Finish argument essay planner.
Some of these things are things I need to simply get better at and do more consistently, some of these are simple adjustments that need to be made, others are a complete shift in how I am currently living. Whatever the case, this is my plan for January. I will let you know how it goes!