Such a treat to have Ms. Abbie here today. Abbie has her hands full managing two little ones in the Big Apple all while her husband attends medical school, but she handles life with grace and humor. My favorite thing about Abbie? She's spunky and charming - an instant friend - but she's also got depth and wisdom and is genuinely trying to make her little world a more excellent place to be. I love her habit of September Mini Goals; I think you will too...
Isn’t the beginning of the school year so great? It’s the time of year that I’m ready to have a little more structure and accomplish good things, and it’s usually when I declare to my husband, “I just re-planned my entire life!” The Plan always includes SIMPLIFY followed by a huge list of a million things I want to do. Then I whine, “I’m so overwhelmed! I can’t do all of this.” And that’s when I put on my logical hat and decide what I really want to do with my life (at least my September - December 2010 life).
I take that giant list of all the things I want to do and whittle it down big time - I cross off all the things that are just not happening this fall. And then I separate the smaller list into categories: spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social/family. The end result is four mini-goals: one spiritual goal, one intellectual goal, one physical goal, and one social/family goal.
These don’t have to be over-the-top, January-1st-type goals. They can be easy, specific, stress-free goals; like learning how to wear make-up or doing the dishes before you go to bed or finishing up the half decorated walls in your living room or learning relaxation techniques to manage stress. See? Easy, specific, stress-free goals.
Once the goals are set and journaled, I keep them in my phone. I try to remember them when I’m planning out my week and put in steps of action that will help me accomplish these mini-goals.
And that’s how I’ve been doing 4 Mini Goals in September for the last few years; it’s been a good way to refocus after a crazy, fun summer.
So, what kind of self-improvement are you up to this fall?