Getting Back to My Goals

Happy Labor Day to all my friends in the U.S.!

I’m sure this post will reach maybe 2 people today (THANK YOU if you are reading!) but I’m writing it more for me than anyone else. I’ve fallen off the goals bandwagon BIG time. I can’t even see the wagon anymore. That’s how far I’m gone. I feel like I’m floundering and don’t know what direction to head in. I thought a good place to start would be to check in with my goals from back at the end of June when I did a mid year evaluation and added some new goals.

Mid Year Re-evaluation Goals for 2012

  • Finish Smuttynose Rockfest Marathon – no time expectations! I just want to finish in one piece.
  • Date nights – Ron and I have never hired a babysitter for the kids. I think it’s time. We need some alone time away from the house. I’d be happy if we had a date night at least 1 time in the next 6 months!
  • Unplug and Be Present – Step away from the computer and phone while I’m with my family. Real life is way better. I like this Mama’s idea of setting office hours.
  • Go on a REAL vacation. I’m not talking stay-cation or taking time off from work because relatives are visiting. I’m talking the real deal. I feel like I haven’t gone anywhere in the past 2 years.

Here’s where I’m at:

Goal #1 – We all know that goal isn’t happening. I am planning on doing the half marathon. My intention is to finish injury free and feeling good. No time expectations. I am going to try really, really hard not to let my competitive side come out.Β  This race is my test before I look for another marathon. I still hope to get a full in before the end of the year. Hopefully, it will be good and I can move on in preparation.

Goal #2 – We had one date night back in July for my friend Erika’s wedding. Haven’t planned another. I jokingly told Ron our next date night should be to a Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson concert that will be in the area this month. I hope he realized I was definitely not serious. I think I’d rather scrub toilets with a toothbrush than sit through that. πŸ™‚

Goal #3 – It’s a constant struggle to unplug and be present. I’m beginning to think that the term ‘Healthy Living Blogger’ is not possible. I’ve been neglecting my health and fitness in the past few months by gluing myself to the computer/iphone the moment the kids go down for a nap or to bed. What’s so healthy about that? And it’s definitely not living! It’s especially prevalent on days that I am at work. I feel like I need to catch up on emails, commenting on other blogs, replying to comments on my blog, putting together new posts or freelance work, twitter chats, etc. I can’t tell you how many days in the past month that I’ve intended to do yoga, weights, stretch, walk, and workout in general in the evening and it didn’t happen because I got sucked into the social media vortex.

So my plan for tackling this:

  1. My health comes first. I need to stretch, workout, whatever, first and foremost. The computer will be there when I’m done.
  2. I can’t do it all. That might mean I can’t reply to every comment each day. If you ask a specific question, I will try my hardest to get back to you asap. I will also have to pick X amount of blogs that I can comment on each day. I appreciate every single person that reads my blog. I know everyone is just as busy if not more than me. Time is precious for all.
  3. Schedule, schedule, schedule! I’m one of those people that loves to follow a schedule or a list. If it’s written down, I will follow it.

I’m hoping this will get me started getting back on track mentally and physically.

Goal #4 – Hmmmmm…a REAL vacation. What’s that? Haven’t even talked about that. Ron and I did discuss going to Michigan at some point during the Holidays. However, that is sooooo not a real vacation.

I think those four goals are enough to work on in September. Goal #3 is going to be the hardest for sure.

Any suggestions? What works for you?

Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

32 comments on “Getting Back to My Goals

  1. I totally know what you mean about getting sucked into the blog works and all the social media that comes along with it. I had to take a major break so I didn’t burn myself out.
    And I totally LOVE that you said Michigan is so not a real vacation! Scott and I had a huge debate because I called our Michigan Road Trip a “trip” and refuse to call it a vacation.
    Vacation = beach, palm trees, Margarittas and sleep. πŸ˜‰

    1. It seems easy but I never realized how much there is other than writing. I enjoy it can be draining for sure.

      You are so right – Michigan is a trip not a vacation! πŸ˜‰

  2. I’m with you…we always talk about hiring a babysitter and going on a date but life just gets busy and that’s the easiest to go. I also have a hard time with goal #3. It is something that I really need to schedule and stick to. I want my family to know they are more important. Good luck with your goals and planning that vacation!!

  3. Balancing it all is tough. Great plan for getting back on track with your goals. What works for me? I wake up early and I have try to always have a plan for the week written in my calendar that stays open right next to my computer.

  4. I may not be a mom quite yet, but I’m sure your night out together w/o the children @ the wedding was wonderful.. and much needed. This month you should definitley aim for a night of dinner & movies. You both deserve that to each other <3.

    I'm with you on goal #3. I have gotta start stretching more. I always tell myself that I'll stretch after every run, but just get caught up in something else.. or even when I do remember, I'm just "not in the mood".

  5. Wow, this post really hit home with me. I could have written this word for word. Work and blogging has really been taking over my life. I so need to find a better balance! A perfect example is the fact that we have not taken a vacation in forever, simply because I haven’t taken the time to sit down and plan one. Time to revaluate!

  6. I agree about trying to find the balance in being a blogger and having a presence on all social media platforms….all while trying to live a healthy, active life, and living in the now. It’s a constant power struggle now, because I love it all! I must admit that it has started to get easier with time. I can only hope it continues to do so!

    1. I’m a work in progress definitely. I do enjoy all aspects of blogging and social media. I’ve “met” so many wonderful people. The support is phenomenal too. It’s encouraging to know that it can get easier with time. I am a newbie after all! Thanks for your input!

  7. Awesome goals that we all should consider. Especially unplugging. It’s SO easy to get lost in not only keeping up with blogging but the social media that comes along with it. Office hours sound like a great way to maintain blog time and maintain family time…two separate times! πŸ™‚
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  8. Blogging does take up a lot of time, doesn’t it?
    Not the writing per se, but all of the other ‘social’ aspects of social media!
    I have a schedule. I work hard to adhere to it, but it’s a work in progress (just like me!). Happy that it’s September and the kids are back to school so I can be more efficient with my online time…
    (I think I wrote a post about this once…)
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  9. Unplugging is HARD when you are a blogger & trying to connect with others through social media. I typically try to blog 3 times a week, and at least 2 of those are written on the weekend. Definitely a good idea to set “office hours.”
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  10. I am so glad you wrote about #3. I just started a few months ago and have been really having problems unplugging. I joked with friends that I was going to be the only girl who got fatter writing a fitness blog.
    I am working very hard to realize I cannot do it all and that it is okay to not blog 7 days a week.
    However, I have set two goals.
    1. I cannot blog until after I have exercised. No exercise means no blogging. (This one is going well.)
    2. Computer off by 10, as I get up at 6 for work. (Failure. Usually closer to 11.)
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  11. Oh I totally know what you mean. It’s not so healthy, is it? So my experiment to unplug for the last two weeks of summer? It was HARD! I too am glued to my phone and computer, always trying to check one last tweet or read one last blog, etc. Blogging is one thing but it is all the other social media components that adds up quickly. I’m definitely realizing that I can’t do it all and I’m starting to be OK with that (I think). I need to adhere to a schedule more, setting aside specific times to read blogs/comment/tweet/etc.
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