I am very goal oriented person and I know a lot of you are too. I thrive on setting goals and crushing them. Goals are what keeps me motivated and moving forward. Instead of setting a new years resolution, I am going to set 4 monthly goals that I want to work on completing.
What will theses 4 MONTHLY goals 2021 contain?
So these 4 goals can be small, individual goals or they can be a goal that gets me one step closer to meeting a much larger goal. A goal that will take longer that one individual month. My monthly goals will contain the following categories: Farm, House, Finance and Personal.
Why this approach will work better for me
I always set a New Year’s Resolution. I work towards it and by the end of January, different goals pop up and I forget about the ones I set 30 days prior. Plus, if it is a large resolution, if you do not break it up into manageable, smaller steps, it just will not work. You will never get to the end goal.
Here is my recommendation on setting your monthly goals 2021
We have one major goal for all of 2021. That is to pay off all of our debt except the mortgage this year. This is very doable for us, it just takes discipline every single month. So, the first thing I write down as my 1st goal every month is we are paying a minimum of 1360 a month towards our extra debt. We use a combination of Dave Ramsey and the Budget Mom’s way of budgeting. We use the snowball method and the envelope system.
As we pay off debt and more money gets freed up, it gets funneled down and put towards the next debt. If we don’t have the cash and if it is not in the budget, it does not get purchased at that time.
The second goal of our monthly 2021 goals
This one is a project related to the farm/animals. It can be a simple project we can complete in one month or a smaller goal that pertains to a much larger goal. It just gets us that much closer to completing it.
The third goal
This goal is related to house projects. We bought our house in 2011 and it was a foreclosure. It was a blank slate that required a lot of work. 9 years into it, we still have projects we are trying to complete during the winter.
the fourth goal is a personal goal for me
My personal goal could be to read one chapter in a book a day. It could be to go on a certain amount of walks a week. Self care is very important. I am very busy and can forget to stop and take care of myself. By having a set goal it makes it so I am constantly working towards keeping better care of myself.
How do i utilize my paper planner to crush my monthly goals…
I purchased the Prairie Homestead’s paper planner and she has a great monthly page titled, Get It Done. I use this page to write out the goals I want to complete each month. It sits out on my office desk, so I look at it multiple times a week.
The other planner I use everyday is the Budget Mom’s Live Rich Planner. Each Sunday, I take a bit of time and write out what I have planned for the week. What I want to accomplish, as well as any appointments scheduled.
The last planner I use is just a basic planner I bought at TJMAXX. This is my gardening/farm planner. This is where I write down anything garden and farm related. When I plant our seeds and when the vegetables are ready to potentially harvest. When we bought baby chicks and when they started laying. Any projects that need to be addressed this year, this month, this week.
I do use 3 planners, but it is what works for me and our busy lifestyle. Find a planner, whether it is a paper planner or digital. Find one that you will consistently use. One that gets you excited. One that will help you crush your goals and keep you moving forward.
Each month, I am going to have a post about what my goals were. What I did to meet my goals and if I was able to complete them, or if I will need to move them to the next month. Some will definitely need more time that one single month will give me.