Hi friends, as I sit to write this post I don’t have a plan or an agenda for it whatsoever. I’m just going to write and we’ll see what comes out shall we? Would it surprise you to know that I’m not a goal setter? No resolutions for me in January or even doing any annual goal setting really. Not because I don’t believe that these things work for some people, I mean I’ve read enough posts around blogland to know that goal setting has its merits. But as I read post after goal setting post I have to admit that I get overwhelmed imagining planning out an entire year at a time. I like to avoid overwhelm at all costs, so I keep things pretty simple around here for my sanity. So no I can’t tell you how many books I’m going to read this year or even which ones but I do know that if I find a book that interests and excites me, I’ll make time to read it. And while I don’t pre-plan out which rooms I’m going to organize each month, I will tell you that if a space and its clutter is annoying me enough, I’ll start tossing things into my donation station so fast my family will get dizzy from all the stuff flying past their heads.
Basically I live my life with a rough daily plan of what I want to get accomplished. Don’t get me wrong though, I still save for retirement but sometimes my daily “goals” include things as mindless as watching three episodes of Parenthood (affiliate link) before bed (my new favorite show by the way, I just started the series and am already on season five!).
I used to be so set in my ways that a major meltdown would happen if things didn’t go according to MY plan. But as I’ve gotten older and am now almost halfway into my forties, I know that living life a little less rigid and with a lot more flexibility is really what helps my home be less chaotic and stressed.
BUT here’s the thing, by nature I’m a very disciplined person which really helps this non-goal setter still get things done (and why I MUST watch all six seasons of Parenthood in a short amount of time, I’m no quitter!). Each morning I choose three do-able top priorities (outside of my daily chores) to get done and I make sure by the end of the day it happens. After that, if I am feeling particularly motivated I will attack something else from my list notebook, if not I don’t. I still feel accomplished because I got my priorities for the day done and the next day I start all over again. It’s what I’ve learned works for me.
Alternatively though, I do know that setting longer term goals IS what works for others and is what keeps them sane and free from overwhelm. They’ve learned over time that this is what motivates them to accomplish their goals. It makes me so happy when people figure out what systems works for them and as a result they are not living life full of guilt and stress. I don’t want that for anyone.
The most important thing to remember though, whether you are a long term goal setter or more of a short term planner like me, is that both processes require DISCIPLINE.
Discipline is required to follow through with your commitments no matter how you go about planning them.
This seems to be quite a problem area for some and something I’d love to delve into more on the blog this year. I find it to be so interesting as everyone is so different and unique and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another. Plus a person can be totally disciplined in one area of their lives but not so much in another. I’d love for you to answer a question for me if you wouldn’t mind, not only will it help me with future blog posts but I’m sure it will be motivating for others to read as well.
If you are disciplined in any one area of your life what do you think the contributing factor is? This is no time to be shy, go ahead and brag!
Here I’ll go first…I’m disciplined with watching the entire series of Parenthood all at once because I love it so much and it makes me so happy :)
Okay I’ll do a serious one…I’m disciplined with keeping my house organized because a) I enjoy it b) my house is less chaotic and cluttered c) my family and I are less stressed d) it means I have more time on my hands to watch Parenthood :)
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