Now that I have achieved my long-term goal of moving to Scotland (and all the work that entailed), it's now time for me to come up with some new goals! Don't worry, I have plenty:
Goal #1: Save money to buy a house.
Goal #2: "Homeschool" (term used very loosely) Youngest who will start school next year.
Goal #3: When Youngest starts school, get myself back into the workforce. Sitting home alone all day is not appealing. And, I do want to get back into science. So, that gives me nearly a year to explore my options and get myself out there.
Goal #4: Get on a household cleaning routine with a little cleaning each weekday so I can relax and have fun on weekends. Also, do meal planning as a way to save money on groceries.
Goal #5: Get in shape and lose some weight.
Some of you already know where this is going. (Sis?) Another clue: Arielle's comments on my post a few days ago that she's trying the Uncalendar got me thinking.
Uncalendar is an excellent tool for setting goals and focusing your energy on working toward them, so of course that's who I turn to when I need a powerful way to set and achieve my goals. Those of you who are unfamiliar with this excellent life-management system can read all about it in my Uncalendar review.
The Uncalendar Lifestyle Pro planner system in the 3 ring binder helped me enormously while I was preparing to move to Scotland, homeschooling both my kids and keeping track of various other aspects of my life.
Now, in order to keep track of my goals listed above, I have ordered the Uncalendar Lifestyle Half Size planner (so it can fit in my bag). Actually I ordered two, because two of them fit into a flat-rate shipping envelope so it didn't cost any more to ship two than to ship one. And, shipping to the UK for both planners totalled less than 13 bucks, which is an excellent price!
I will use my Half Size Uncalendar as my Goals Workbook to keep me on track with my goals listed above. I'll sketch out my goals on the Goals pages of my book, and break them down into do-able tasks.
On the weekly pages I'll record what homeschooling lessons we did that day, what exercise I did (cardio and/ or strength), plan dinner menus, and I'll check off my weekly cleaning tasks as I complete them.
I'll use the monthly section to keep track of expenses, bills paid, income and (hopefully) savings to work toward home ownership.
I'll use the Data section for building my contacts list for future employment.
And I'll use the Notes section for writing my Mid-Month and Monthly Reviews inspired by Charlie Gilkey which are always very useful for keeping me on track and aware of the weeks progressing.
I am very excited about this plan!
While I'm waiting for my Uncalendars to arrive, I'm getting ideas from Uncalendar's goal setting tips and other sections of The Training Room (which I like to peruse periodically) for more advice on setting and implementing my goals.
As you might imagine, Uncalendar planners are extremely popular with students. Interestingly, I've recently discovered that Uncalendar planners are very popular with nursing students in particular. I can definitely see how the Un's structure and flexibility would be extremely useful for busy nursing students balancing classwork and clinicals (not to mention the rest of their life!). On Allnurses.com there is a forum where a lot of nurses and students recommend the Uncalendar. I'm fascinated!
Click on the following links to see my reviews of the Full-Size Uncalendar Lifestyle and Half-Size Uncalendar Lifestyle.
Click through to my post Secrets for Success to see why the Uncalendar system is so useful for setting and achieving goals.
What techniques do you like to use to help you figure out your goals and make a plan for achieving them?