Most of my day feels like I’m putting out fires (thankfully, that’s not literal….yet). Between homeschooling my older three kids to occupying the other 4, it’s not uncommon for me to go to bed at night and wonder what got done.
Some days it’s like I open my eyes and the next minute I close them for bed and wonder what possibly happened in those 18 hours I was awake.
How am I suppose to get anything done with one child needing homework help, 2 little ones wanting to be held and crying, one standing on the counters sneaking candy, two fighting over an empty shoebox (yes, an empty shoebox), and the last one distracting the one doing homework.
No wonder I’m surviving on chocolate and Mt. Dew, right?
Thankfully, this doesn’t happen all day every day (except for maybe today).
So when there are those moments that I’m not needed by everyone at the same time and everyone is getting along or occupied, it’s time to get stuff done.
Why You Should Set Goals
Sometimes goal setting can seem silly when you stay home with kids, like really what is there to reach for besides making sure everyone has clean clothes, or at least, a dry diaper on.
Setting goals, though, has allowed me to become more productive and intentional with my time.
I can say I want to do something as easy as read to my kids every day, but it can get shoved aside in the busyness of the day. But by writing it down and making a plan it’s a whole lot more likely to happen.
Setting goals has also helped me to use my time more wisely so I can pursue things that interest me (yes, I have interests besides picking up after everyone all. day. long).
How to Start
Choosing your goals can be as simple as one thing you want to accomplish that day, like laundry, to small goals that are part of a larger, overarching goal, like writing a blog post a day to grow a blog over a year.
While I’ve been doing ok-ish setting goals and sticking to them, I decided to write a weekly post about my goals for the week, how well I did the previous week and what I can change to be more successful going forward.
If you really want to accomplish your goals, make them public. Accountability can really up the stakes.
To be successful in goal setting remember to be realistic and make them flexible.
When you have kids, days can be wildly unpredictable. You can have a great day planned out to be very productive just to have someone wake up with a cold, or throwing up and your plans are put on hold. That’s life.
So you do what you can and the next day will be better (just kidding, if one kid gets sick, you know the rest will get it, so really, two weeks later..).
Tip: Plan for less and if have a list of extras you can accomplish if you find extra time.
It can be hard to plan goals for your days/weeks when you get started so start small. As you get small wins, it will motivate you to set more and bigger goals. Just think of the things you will accomplish over the next day/week/month/year?
Do you set goals? What are your goals this week?