Goals and Progress: September

“Aim at nothing and you’ll hit it every time.” Zig Ziglar


I am passionate about setting and achieving goals, both big and small. Having a direction and a purpose, being able to measure progress, and of course putting that glorious check mark in the little box on my to do list are all extremely motivating for me. In this monthly series, I share my progress on last month’s goals and set goals for the month ahead. Not only is this good accountability for me, but since I have always been inspired reading about the goals and progress of others, I hope that this will also encourage you to set a goal for this month!


August was definitely a challenging month, I think largely because I was not feeling well for the better part of two weeks. I am thankful I was still functioning enough to get through my day-to-day tolerably, but not well enough to make as much forward motion as I would have liked.


Here’s a quick recap of my August goals and outcome:


– Complete current study on the book of Esther through First 5 App…..Done!
– Complete 2 segments of the Romans study with Mr. Planned…..No progress.
– Develop prayer binder and implement at least one section daily…..One segment of it completed and implemented; I’ve decided to take this project a lot slower than I had initially thought. 


– Work on back-to-school routine, esp. bedtime for Ms. Spontaneity…..Bedtime continues to be a bit of a struggle for us, but we are getting there. In terms of general routines, we are starting to figure out what works and what doesn’t, making tweaks along the way.
– Enjoy our upcoming family outing…..Huge success! We went to Lego Brick Fair and had a blast!
– Implement new lunch prep routine….This worked so well, I wrote a whole post about it here! I confess that the last two weeks I have not been diligent to do our prep work on Saturday, and, wow, do I feel it throughout the week. This weekend I am determined to get back on track.
– Plan and enjoy one date night for August…..This was definitely not elaborate as we just went out to eat and ran a few errands together, but the point was that it was intentional time carved out for just the two of us, and we enjoyed talking and laughing along the way.


– Read 2 books…..I almost completed this one. For my “junk food” book, I read and enjoyed “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.” I’ve nearly finished the other book, called “Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family” by Paul David Tripp. It offers a macro-view of parenting, which is both inspiring and just a little bit overwhelming if you don’t take it in small bites. 


– Complete waist trainer challenge…..True confession: I have been working on this 30-day challenge for the last three months! I did make it through another week of the challenge. One more week to go.
– Drink at least 4 cups of water each day…..Nope, complete bust on this one. I’m actually drinking less water and more pop than when I started August. 


– Complete 1 chore for each cleaning zone…..Another no. 
– Complete Kitchen projects: build and install drawer, build and install at least one cabinet door, finish painting cabinets and trim…..And, a big fat NO.


– Limit eating out to no more than two times this month…..Nope.
– Stay within budget on all general categories…..Uh uh.


I definitely learned a little something about being overly ambitious in my goal setting. It’s not that I didn’t know that before, but boy is it a lot more humbling when it’s public.


I also was reminded (again!) of the need to give myself grace. Goals and to do lists are there to provide direction and motivation. They are NOT tools or reasons to beat yourself up.
Coming up this month…
This month I’ve decided to break my goals down a little differently. So with that in mind, here’s what my September looks like:


– Complete Monthly Planner Spread
– Plan Date Night
– Read 2 books (plus finish parenting book from last month)


– Kitchen Drawer (router sides, assemble frame, add slides and install into cupboard)
– Hang Bathroom Curtains (on my to do list for over a year!)
– Clean up side porch (power wash, new decor, fall craft)


– Bedtime at 10:30pm. One small habit I impulsively incorporated in August was to shut off my electronics at 9pm. This ended up having a snowball effect, attracting more good habits, which led to better sleep and less stress. This month, I want to keep up the good work!
– Daily move. This is also something I stumbled into this past month. On days when I felt like I didn’t have time to do the official challenge for the day, I chose instead to simply do some kind of intentional movement, whether walking the dog or doing 20 jumping jacks at random intervals while cooking dinner. What I discovered is that exercise can – and should! – become a habit. This month, I want to be intentional to get movement of some kind in each day and slowly build up my habit muscle.


– Contentment. I do not need more; I need to savor and enjoy what I have.


Be sure to stop by at the beginning of October for a progress update!


What are your goals for the month of September?