Welcome to the weekly goals review. This is where I will complete a review of my prior week’s goals as well as setting a new round for the upcoming week. I’m glad to have you on board. Are you working on your Sanity Plan?
Weekly Goals Review
- Positive parenting: Spend this week working on the kids’ demanding behavior.
My daughter has improved a ton with our efforts. My son? Not so much. Even with everything that we have done to help him improve, he is still having several tantrums a day. I think it is one part part personality and one part stage. He is really struggling with not being able to do what he wants, whether it is “driving” our car or refusing to get his diaper changed. Lesson learned: Working with the kids on their behavior is always a work in progress. The key is flexibility as a parent, and understanding that there are some things that you cannot influence (like personality).
2. Quality hubby time: Date night on Saturday and look for a temporary sitter.
Date night fell through because my mother in law had to cancel her visit due to complications with my father in law’s treatment for his Alzheimer’s Disease. But we had a huge win in finding a local sitter for the kids for 12 hours per week. I’ll get a little break and have time for my work, plus she agreed to cover us for a couple of dates. Lesson learned: When you have to rely on others for childcare, you really have to learn to roll with the punches.
3. Personal care: Do yoga with the kids in the mornings.
FAILED. Lol. I think maybe I was a little overzealous by making this as a daily goal. There still needs to be room for changes in our set routine. Lesson learned: Start small, I probably would have been able to do this if I’d made a smaller goal, like do yoga 3 times this week and not set it for a particular time.
4. Organization: Put things where they belong.
Ugh, for some reason this is so hard for me! I did even worse than I did last week. I need to find some better ways to assist in changing this habit. Lesson learned: Some habits are hard to change and may take more work to reverse. Trial and error about what works can be really helpful in terms of learning what works for you.
5. Work/Life Balance: When I’ve completed my goals, I will walk away from my computer.
Done. I did better at this this week. Again it was really helpful to have a concrete goal like this so that I was more conscious of this. Lesson learned: Especially when it comes to writing/freelancing, there seems to be this constant need for drawing lines between work and life. I imagine this will need continual rebalancing.
This Week’s Goals
Here are my goals for this week based on my 5 improvement areas:
- Positive parenting: Work on my son’s 2 major tantrum triggers.
This week, it’s been wanting to “drive” the car and not wanting to have his diaper changed. We’ve had to endure major tantrums from both, and have even had to hold him down a couple of times to change his poopy diaper. When it gets this bad, I like to do a reset. For something like his diaper, I may switch to giving him a bath or a shower instead in order to avoid the tantrum. I will do that for a whole week in an attempt to *reboot* his reaction.
2. Quality hubby time: Have date breakfast.
With kids, you really have to be flexible and creative when it comes to scheduling adult time. Now that we have a sitter for some mornings, I’ve scheduled a “date breakfast” for tomorrow morning so we can have some adult time without the littlest ones.
3. Personal care: Make an appointment to see a local chiropractor.
From the limited yoga I did last week, I can tell my spine is out of alignment. It is really hard to switch beds and pillows and routines without it having an impact on my back. I will get in to see the chiropractor for some maintenance.
4. Organization: Transfer to my new phone.
I’ve been delaying transferring to my new phone because of the work involved in creating a backup, updating the settings, and getting new accessories (I know it’s not that much work, I just do these kinds of things REALLY SLOWLY). It’s time to do it since the task is beginning to linger.
5. Work/Life Balance: Take a break from work to spend time with company.
My in-laws are coming today, so I’ll be setting aside my work to spend time with them while they are here. It is really hard, since I feel particularly drawn to several pieces I’m working on, but I have to remember that life is for living and experiences.
I’ve had more organized weeks, that’s for sure. I just feel as though I didn’t have a good grip on it. I wonder if it is because I am settling into a little bit of vacation mode, catching up on sleep and making fun a priority. I also have been juggling the kids quite a bit on my own, so now that I’ll have some help it will be easier for me to get some clarity.
How are you doing with your Sanity Plan? What are your goals for the coming week? Did you notice any particular barriers to completing what you wanted to get done?