I recently finished a five-session, 1:1 writing to heal program with Writing Coach Shamina Williams of Life Lines Professional Services. First, if you have never taken some kind of writing class – for fun, to jump start your creativity, or to help in your healing – I highly recommend you give it a try. (I will write more about my experience in a future post.)
In one of our sessions, Coach Shamina challenged me to create a list of ten goals for me to work to achieve before the year is over. As a young student, writing my goals or my “to-do” lists was an important self-accountability tool. There was a sense of excitement and accomplishment in checking off each task!
However, sometime while adulting, I neglected the habit of making lists. There was a time when I experienced being ridiculed for “relying” on a list. Lists were spoken about as a character flaw or weakness. But the truth is, I was stronger with my lists. I was more focused and more driven. I was more . . . well. . . more me. Creating a list of goals is like having an accountability partner – especially if you share your list with other. So hold me accountable, y’all!!
10 Goals for the Rest 2022
My intention for the list below is to increase my overall happiness and to increase satisfaction with myself.
- Improve my worship to The Creator
- Pray on time
- Read/learn more
- Memorize at least 5 Surahs
- Lose 25 pounds
- Increase physical activity
- Reduce sugar intake
- Spend more quality time with sons
- Movie night
- Go new places together
- Cook together
- Learn together
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- Get a Passport for me and my sons
- Confirm requirements and cost
- Get new window treatments
- Measure windows
- Order windows treatments
- Schedule installation
- Update my yard
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- Contact HOA about rules
Schedule deck installation
- Schedule yard estimation
- Finish organizing
- Keep up the kitchen and living room with daily “reset”
- Have and enforce a cleaning schedule
- Organize additional space until completed
- Create healthy night and morning routines
- Be more productive at work
- Organize my workspace
- Set work goals/priorities for the day/week
Writing to Set Short-term Goals
There are many reasons to grab a notebook and get to writing. One reason is, that can be made into a very regular habit, to create goals and to-do lists. You can even set rewards for your goals by giving yourself small, yet meaningful gifts once one or a group of goals are accomplished.
Grab a notebook [get a Not Mad. Motivated. Notebook here – our handmade notebook will be available April 15, 2022], a pen or pencil, and write down goals you want to accomplish before the year is over. Focus on one to three during a period of time. As you accomplish one, cross it off your list and add another goal to focus on. If you haven’t crossed off all your goals at the end of the year, that’s okay. Celebrate what you do complete – that is the important part. Also, some goals may never be 100% completed, and instead they are constantly improved upon.