Goals for 2011

I am a planner and a goal setter who loves lists and organization!

However, over the course of the past two years, I’ve become disorganized and unproductive. I attribute some of that to not having specific goals set for myself (as well as adjusting to life as a mama!)

During nap time last week, I wrote down my goals for 2011. A lot of these have been floating around in my head for months but since they weren’t written down, I wasn’t taking action on them!

I set SMART goals for myself; they are specific, measurable, attainable,ย realisticย and timely!

Some of my 2011 Goals:


  • Read the Bible in 90 days. (I’m beginning tomorrow!)
  • Memorize 1 verse/passage each week.


  • Develop a daily and weekly routine.
  • Organize my household management binder.
  • Continue eating healthier.


  • Read ‘Tell Your Time’ and apply.
  • Set goals at the beginning of each month to help accomplish 2011 goals. (Yes, a goal about goals!)
  • Read 24 books to help further educate myself.


  • Develop a blog schedule and stick with it.
  • Video blog twice a month.

Our family goals:


  • Family devotion after supper.
  • Pray together daily.


  • Set up a legal will.
  • Consolidate our checking accounts from different banks to one account.
  • Open a new savings account at our local bank.

I’m excited to finally have these goals written down and have already began taking steps to accomplish these goals in 2011!

Are you a goal setter? Did you set goals for 2011?

23 Replies to “Goals for 2011”

  1. Setting goals helps me so much. I feel like if I have it down on paper or on my blog even…I have people to keep me accountable! I haven't post my 2011 goals on my blog but I just might. Thanks for sharing. On a totally different note. I found your blog through another blog with "blog hopping" and I use your meatball recipie more often then I should admit. I am new to frugal living and it helps to know there are others just as frugal and simple as we!

    1. Writing mine out helps me so much! It's been a few years since I set goals in areas other than finance so I'm hoping this will be the year for achieving a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Great goals. I am a planner as well and feel my goals will get accomplished if they are written down. We have some similar goals too. It's nice to see a hardworking momma who wants an organized home and time with God. Those things are tough with a little one, but they are necessary in keeping me sane! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My husband and I write SMART goals too! We have it broken down into two categories for each of us: professional (career driven), personal (spiritual, book reading, green-living implimentations) and then a family category, in which we place financial, travel (vacations, sightseeing around our hometowns) and spiritual goals. This year, I'm trying something a bit different and breaking them down for different months (each month I have a different goal). I'm hoping this eliminates some of the overwhelming-ness of Jan and the cramming it all in of Oct/Nov & Dec. This make keep my focus up. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

  4. great goals. my mine goal for this year is to get organized but i think i'm going to sit down tomorrow and make a list of smaller goals I'd like to accomplish.

    1. Getting organized is my hope also! Hopefully these goals will help me to live a more organized life! So far, I'm feeling much more in control of my household now that I have a written plan!

    1. I've heard that advertised and I've thought about it but just haven't gotten around to purchasing it! Thanks for the suggestion! And I will share updates…hopefully they'll be positive updates!

  5. We really love your blog and get inspired by your frugal lifestyle. I am a little suprised about your financial goals. You don't want to save any money, pay down debt or get to the next baby step?

    1. I'm glad you enjoy the blog!

      In regards to the financial goals, I agree they are lacking in "substance." We currently still own a home in our previous town and are renting. Rent, mortgage, homeowners insurance takes up approximately 50% of my husbands pay and money is tight. Until we sell our home, our biggest financial goal is simply "stay in the black" each month! Once our home sells, we'll set more lofty financial goals such as putting 30% down on our next home, saving towards a "new to us" vehicle, etc.

  6. Definitely a goal setter here. I have waaaaay more than this and I keep a notebook just for them throughout the year. I even make an ongoing "to buy" list so I always can remember items to look out for used or on a good deal. We make goals for activities we would like to do as a family and I make decorating goals, fitness, health, homemaking, personal, hobbies, I mean its just a ton! I swear I'm not a perfectionist but I found that when I keep it all written down like I do I actually tend to accomplish a lot of the goals.

    1. Wow! You are organized! I plan to use my household management bind to create things like "to buy" lists, my son's clothing inventory, monthly meal plans, etc. as well as write down some more goals!

  7. If I don't have my goals written down I forget!! And I agree, posting to my blog helps keep me accountable!

    I'm glad you enjoy the meatballs! They are so easy and yummy!! And welcome to the world of living frugally & simply…it's a great lifestyle! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I think breaking them down is key too! I've decided to set monthly goals that will help me accomplish the goals for 2011, much more manageable and less overwhelming that way!

  9. That makes a lot of sense. Sometimes we have those times when all you can do is 'circle the wagons' and try to keep getting by. Good luck on selling the home and the subsequent lofty goals.

  10. Seeing as we are almost to the end of the year (can you believe it?), I was wondering how you did with your 2011 goals. I am writing down a list of my 2012 goals, and came across this old post from January.

    1. Honestly I had forgotten I'd posted about goals this year! I just scrolled through it but looking over it, I haven't done a great job accomplishing most of it. Moving and pregnancy got me off track! I have developed some routines, made huge strides in time management, consolidated our bank accounts to one bank, to name a few I have accomplished! I also need to start thinking of 2012 goals now…don't think I'll feel like it at the beginning of the new year!

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