Monday, January 28, 2013

FOCUS for January 28- Feb 1, 2013

Goals for a better Home:  In this area I struggle with  goals that involve others. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be done but they just may require a bit more effort, and probably should be discussed together before making them so they are family goals and not just my own. I did accomplished my last minute add of Running. I made it 4 times last week, and was happy I went each time and the Lent studies are making progress.

As always New Goals, comments, and excuses are in purple below.
Goals for a Better Home
1. Personal Focus to better my relationship with God.
Daily: Start and end each day with prayer. Read two chapters in the Bible. I started reading 2 chapters a day last fall. I read some days from the Old testament some from the New. I have been given check lists before that jumped around, but they didn’t seem to work for me so I am reading the old fashion way from front to back of each. I have 3 books in each complete. This has lasted longer and I am farther than I have been before.

Weekly: Read one article from the Leaven Newspaper and one chapter in Reasons to Believe I will keep this until we start my book for lent. Run 5 days.
Monthly:  Order books for Book Study in Lent.   A decision is made! The Lamb's Supper by Scott Hahn 
2. Remove distractions at key times.
Daily: No computer 6:30-8:00am and 3:00-5:00(after everyone is home) THIS WORKS WELL FOR ME!
Weekly: Limit volunteering for the soccer league this week. Sometimes you can get too wrapped up in things and spend more time than needed and sometimes you have to Say NO!
Monthly: Plan a NO Electronics evening for the family. ONLY 4 days left YIKES!
 3. Add something to give more of me to my family.

Daily/Weekly (these seemed to go together): Give my family a proper send off and welcome home each day. Focused one on one time with each kid and my husband every day! Bible before bedtime prayers. I did not do as well at this last week.
Monthly: Plan a study for the family for Lent. READY!

Challenges this week in Goals for a better House: The house gave me three main challenges this week. 1. A clean house at bedtime continues to be my most challenging check point; I will keep working on this it will come with time.   
2. I found myself going to the computer many times to check my goal lists. I needed my lists to remind me what needed to be done, “Out of sight, out of mind”. I also like to cross things off; it adds a sense of accomplishment. I’ve been known to add something just to cross it off. So I finally finished my refrigerator cheat sheets for chores and tasks.  I really think this will help me to have them hanging in front of my face! Maybe the kids will even get involved with checking some of them off. I noticed that after one week of making my kids beds in the morning, my oldest daughter made hers both days this weekend without being asked! That is progress. 
3. Cleaning day still was not much of a success. I think I was a little over ambitious on what I could accomplish on Fridays. So I have broken my cleaning down strategically throughout the week. Less going up and down the stairs, Ha Ha! For those who are better housekeepers, no laughing. I started with a schedule that would meet Martha Stewart’s standards, but quickly realized that was not realistic. So some chores are given only bi-monthly or monthly time slots trust me for this mom if I accomplish everything on this cleaning schedule it will be a vast improvement in my house.

Below is what I came up with and printed. You are welcome to download and adjust these to fit your house and life.

Monthly Cleaning Schedule Download

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