2014 is my year of focus.
Because, another year has passed and resolutions are running rampant, resolutions that may not be reached, leading us to feel disappointment within ourselves.
I decided not to set specific resolutions, but I am going with the blog world trend and set my sites on a theme for the year. I did this last year and I kind of failed.
Again, why I’m not listing out a bunch of resolutions. I couldn’t live to a one word theme people, how can I reach a bunch of lofty goals?
Last year, my word was renew. As I read that post, I realized that those goals are essentially the goals I have for myself this year. I didn’t make as much headway on those goals as I would have liked. As I read through each of them, I found myself shaking my head, realizing I am still very close to where I was last year.
And so after much self-reflection in an attempt to figure out where I went wrong, I think I know where I went wrong.
My lack of focus and organization in my life has a lot to do with why I didn’t meet the goals I set out for myself. I jumped into my year with the greatest of intentions but without a clear action plan in place for keeping all the pieces and parts managed well.
It didn’t help that the husband left partway through the year on deployment….
but, I digress.
So, it again, became a year of just keeping my head above water.
So, I’m sticking to my primary goals of last year, but adding in genuine FOCUS by simplifying my life while putting in some real time with organizational efforts so I can be successful with that goal.
Before I tackle move ahead full steam however, I have to have a plan in place for daily life. A schedule that builds in all the little things as well as the bigger goals I have set for myself to make the pieces and parts of my life work more efficiently.
I know I have Pinterest boards FILLED with this stuff. Organizing my life, my home, my world…. best laid plans people.
Best. Laid. Plans.
I have even titled one such board, “Let’s Pretend I’m Organized” – because, you know – I speak the truth, I have a long way to go.
Much like I have an editorial calendar for my work life, I need a schedule for the other aspects of my life to see success and avoid regular feelings of chaos and internal disappointment.
It is my hope to really meet my goals of last year by tweaking how I attack those efforts this year.
This week, I plan to focus on organizing my time. I plan to factor in my work schedule, the kid’s schedule as well as their need for quality time with me as well as that of the ol’ husband. I then want to make a 2014 bucket list of things I would like to accomplish personally WITH the understanding that this list comes after I have made my family life a priority. Because the kids will only be little for so long, and the husband has spent a good long while in a war zone – probably should give him some QT in 2014, am I right?
What’s your focus word for the year? Did you set resolutions?