Jan. 1 is always an interesting day. It's exciting to set new goals, but I hate getting rid of most of the holiday decorations. It's such a happy day, but it's also pretty sad. Imagine a 15-month-old pouting as we put away one of his favorite Santa toys and Elmo ornaments.
To make things more interesting, my wife and I ran into an older lady (80 years old with 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren) at the grocery store yesterday who just loved our kids. She told us "everything will turn out for the best" no matter what.
Maybe she could sense our financial situation isn't great or she knew that two wound-up kids were causing us stress (although they were quite the "dolls" in Kroger) or she was just being nice and talking to strangers ... whatever it was, it left me thinking about things I want to do in 2015 outside of my running goals.
For too many years now, I've set a lot of running goals, but haven't set many family goals. It's something I talk about on Jan. 1, but don't write them down. This year feels different though, and before I get too far along in January, I have to write some things down.
Yesterday as a family we wrote down three things we'd like to do this year: plan family game nights (this was my son's goal of playing Chutes & Ladders); start the day earlier (my wife's goal; my goal for her is to go to bed earlier to start the day earlier); and spend a weekend in the Outer Banks (my goal to go somewhere different this summer).
I wrote the other day in my running goals about the "Power of 3" and setting 3 goals -- one easy, one challenging and one that stretches myself. Those family goals work out just right -- family game nights tend to happen anyway; getting into a routine of getting up earlier can be a challenge and takes some time to develop; and planning a family vacation stretches my wallet right now.
These are nice goals to have for the year; they're measurable goals that we've written down and can focus on. We have to take the time each month to see where we stand and make sure we're on track to call each one a success.
I want to take my "Power of 3" mind-frame a little further, though, and establish 3 goals each month of the year. Like anyone else on Jan. 1, I'd love to get organized, declutter and be an overall better person. Those are so generic though. I want this year to be THE year that I do less talking and more doing. (Kind of funny that this post is so long and a lot of talking, but I have to get that out of the way I guess.)
On the first day of every month this year, I'm going to set 3 goals to better my life and my family's lives, on top of what I do with running. In the last week of 2015, I can do a lot of reflecting on what went well, what didn't and then set the stage for the year after that. But let's not get too far ahead ...
1. Begin organizing my attic
This may very well become a two-month or more project with limited time, but there have been a lot of things moved from place to place that we still have and have no use for. This has actually started well as the Christmas section of the attic is in much, much better shape.
2. Write down dinner menus
As a family, we've done this from time to time. It helps with planning, budgeting and conversations.
3. Clean up my email
I tend to do this in the first few days of every year anyway, but I feel like I've gotten so unorganized with every email account I have. Time to do some unsubscribing, replying to those nagging follow-ups, and deleting.
For those who know me, if you don't see a post on Jan. 31 or Feb. 1 with a follow up, please say something. I do not want to lose track of this. For now, though, I've got some emails to delete ...