Becoming a More Motivated Mom

Growing up, one of the things my Dad taught me was to set goals. We used to go out on dates with him and he would bring his yellow paper pad and a pen and ask us about our 3, 5 and 10 year goals.  As a kid.  At the time, I figured this was normal behavior for a father, and really, it should be, right?  However, as I grew up, I began to realize that my friends were not thinking about the future, yet.  They hadn’t decided whether they were going to go to college, and they certainly hadn’t thought about possible careers.  I can tell you that as an elementary school student, I knew I was going to be a teacher.  I was going to be an English teacher, because I love to read, and I was going to allow my students to chew gum in class.

Fast forward 15 years. I had become a Middle School Social Studies/Language Arts teacher with a Masters Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction (and I did not allow my students to chew gum in class).  How did this happen?  Well, I had set the goal (and of course, reevaluated it a few times!) and charted my course to reach that goal.

I opened up my shop at The Digichick in October 2008 (I know I missed my anniversary sale!).  At the time, my husband sat me down and asked me about my goals.  He wanted to know where I saw myself going with this little business and what I wanted to accomplish.  He wanted to know about my dreams. I felt a little silly telling him, “Well, I think it would be kinda cool if I could make a little bit of money doing this, because I love it!”  He didn’t laugh, but he did ask me how I was going to accomplish this.  It was time to set some achievable goals.

A little over a year later, I am still amazed at what I have accomplished (and really, it is all because of you guys!  You rock!).  Two years ago, I was watching other people’s children in an effort to make ends meet, and today I am enjoying one on one time with my youngest son.  It is awesome!  I can tell you that when I was in elementary school I didn’t picture myself as a papercrafter or even a stay-at-home-mom.  But, babies are born, ideas change, and here I am . . . doing what I love.  God is so good.

I can’t even tell you how many goals I have for this year.  SO many. And, they are all in categories.  Spiritual, Family, Home (we’re talking decor! Bring on the garage sales!), Relationships, Business, etc.  I keep adding to the lists, and breaking things down into steps to reach those goals.  It’s so much fun, and so exciting to realize that this time next year I will have seen some of these goals come to fruition.

ONE of the areas I want to improve in is time management and household maintenance (cleaning, yuck!). It’s easy to get sucked into the computer when your business is on the computer and your friends live in the computer and your hobby is on the computer.  Pretty soon, it’s 5:00 and I’m rushing around, picking up toys and starting laundry in an effort to show that I have accomplished something that day.  So sad.  However, I know that I am not alone in this!

I found the Motivated Moms planner a few months ago . . . then it got stuck in a pile somewhere, never to resurface.  However, for the few weeks I used it, it was awesome!  The Motivated Moms planner is an ebook that you download and print out (I printed mine back-to-back to save on paper). What I love about it is that it has a list of daily chores which include basics like running the dishwasher and starting a load of laundry.  It also reminds you to take your vitamins, exercise and read to the children.  Then, each day has some tasks specific to the day: change hand towels in bathrooms, clean middle shelf of refrigerator, replenish stock of toilet paper in bathrooms, etc.  These are things I don’t really think about until the hand towels are sopping wet, the refrigerator shelf is a sticky mess and I’m yelling for someone to bring me a roll of TP.

There are several versions to choose from, and you can download samples to see what will work best for you.  I purchased the 2010 Half Page Per Day with Bible Reading version.  Here is my planner:

(I promise I checked off most of those boxes yesterday!)

I took the papers to my local print shop and had the thing spiral bound.  My plan is to leave it out on the counter in the kitchen so that I refer to it every day.

There is a spot for the daily meal plan (SO cool), and my version has an hourly schedule on it so that I can manage my time a bit better.  Oh, and the gal who designed it is probably a couponer, because on Sunday I’m supposed to cut/sort/file coupons and Mondays I plan my meals around leftovers, pantry and sales!  Hee, hee!

I love that this planner encompasses so many of my personal goals, and I know that it will help me keep on track and stay motivated to make every day count.  I’m excited to see the changes that will happen in my life this year!

Do you have a personal calendar or something that keeps you motivated to make every day count?  Please share!

Disclosure: That is an affiliate link up there and in my sidebar!  I love this planner so much and believe that it will benefit other moms who see the day slip away without having accomplished anything, so I decided to put their button on my blog! Go check it out!
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