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Mini-Goals for Year 40 (Not a Mini-Post :D )

December 17th, 2015 at 01:35 am

Thank you everyone for your birthday wishes. Smile

It was a pretty low-key birthday ovearall. Tomorrow night NE and I will be going out to a fancy restaurant here (still working on the gift certificate problem ..)

NE stopped by between deliveries to tell me happy birthday in person. Smile

So ... what are my mini-goals for year 40?

I've been thinking about a lot of the different goals I've had, and how I've managed to do some .. for awhile, and others not really at all. I think maybe part of it was that some of the goals were too big / too much all at once.

So .. I decided that I'm going to try doing mini-goals. I'm going to choose one or two things to focus on for 30 days (or so) and not worry about the rest. Then if those goals are doing well, I'll add something new.

I'm hoping that by doing it this way, the mini-goals will become deeply ingrained habits.

So ... here are some of the mini-goals I'm thinking about:

MG1: Do something for 15 minutes (or more) every day that helps improve my environment. (Cleaning, decluttering, putting up pictures, etc.)

MG2: Say "Oh Well." When someone does something that gets you flustered or upset, or you're thinking that you'd really like something (junkfood) but know you aren't going to have it ... say "Oh Well." That's their problem / I'd rather be healthy / I'd rather have the money for ....

MG3: Do something active for at least 15 minutes everyday intentionally.

MG4: Do something for your spiritual health at least 15 minutes a day (read the Bible, pray, memorize verses, etc.)

MG5: Do something for your personal growth at least 15 minutes a day (play the piano, use Duolingo to practice Spanish, etc.)

MG6: Do something for others at least 2x a week (work on church library, volunteer, etc.)

MG7: Connect with others at least 2x a week (email/letter/phone call) Have at least 1x a week be someone different than the week before.

MG8: Turn off computer/phone by 10 p.m.

MG9 - Floss every day before going to bed.

MG10 - Give yourself a manicure or pedicure once a week.

Others may be added as I think of them. Smile

Financial Goals:

Main Financial Goal - Make spending decisions based on category balances only.

I have 3 main savings goals for this coming year -

High Priority - House Downpayment. This is where my regular savings, 90% of Windfalls (bonuses, tax refunds, SBs paypal earnings, survey earnings, etc.) will go. I'm hoping to hit $4k by September, and then probably sell up to ten shares of stock to add to the amount. (Goal of house purchase in September. Starting the process in August.)

Medium Priority Car Replacement - This will be getting a set amount of $50/month til #1 isn't needed.

Low Priority Remote Car starter - Leftover amounts in groceries, gas and utilities will be funneled here. (Would like to have $350 by September/October.)

Other Goals/Decisions:

I am no longer going to be purchasing ready made treats/sweets for consumption at home or at work. I can purchase the *ingredients* to MAKE treats for myself (such as chocolate chips to go into cookies) but not store-bought cookies.

Eating out / Fast Food is only going to be something that happens WITH another person.

Soda is an OH WELL item.

Today I started with MG1 and 2. (My focus for the next 30 days.) When I got home from work, as soon as I changed into something warm, I spent about 45 minutes picking up, putting away, throwing away. The place already looks much better. (It will need several more days of 15 minute sessions to be looking "good.")

I'm hoping I can develop the attitude (in my mind at least) of Oh Well at work in dealing with some of the people that whine and complain. That way maybe I can deal with it for 15 more years.

The Oh Well is also going to be replacing my habit of Coke and Chocolate on stressful days. Oh Well - the day stunk like donkey balls - I'll live another day. (Thankfully there are quite a few short weeks in this coming 30 day period which hopefully will help make this habit easier to form! Big Grin )

11 Responses to “Mini-Goals for Year 40 (Not a Mini-Post :D )”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Great goals! Aiming for something usually means you are halfway there! I think in time you will find the cleaning and tidying will take less and less time since you will be working on it a bit each day.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That's my hope Smile Once I have my place back into shape where it only takes a few 15 minute sessions each week to keep up, then I plan on using that time to work on my dad's slides.

  3. Pnwmom Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    I like "oh well"! I try and do something similar where I kind of forgive myself for whatever blunder, shrug off embarrassing moments, etc. It's a pretty recent thing for me, not wallowing in and obsessing over those times.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    That's some great habits you're starting there! I also like the oh well idea. And the idea of making spending decisions based on category only, that's very goal focused.

  6. CB in the City Says:

    Love them! Just want to say I successfully got over soda, so it can be done! I have it once in a great while, when I'm out or at someone else's house, and I don't even enjoy it very much. I've become a water drinker, and believe me, I don't make changes easily. I like the 15-minute time slots -- very doable, I may copy!

  7. pjmama Says:

    Great goals! Good luck at hitting them. I find that establishing a routine helps a lot - first thing in the morning, particularly Smile

  8. Ima saver Says:

    Gret Goals, Laura. I will enjoy watching your progress! I am especially excited about your house goal!

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    I personally only have the mental capacity to work on *one* goal at a time. So I think breaking it down into smaller parts is really smart. & I agree with Ima Saver. The house goal is exciting!

  10. Petunia 100 Says:

    I like this mini-goal approach a lot. Best of luck for success with your mini-goals. Smile

  11. Livingalmostlarge Says:

    Happy Birthday belated

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