I am really excited about this new season in my life and I am trying to prepare for it purposefully. So many times I have said all of these things that I would do and make a plan that I may or may not have followed through on. The problem is that I did not set up an environment to succeed. So, the first thing that I am encouraging all to do is purposefully plan out an environment in which you will succeed.
For me, my home has to be clean, orderly, and as free from as many distractions as possible (not including the children). As a single parent this can be hard but I finally saved enough money to employ some extra help, as in a maid service and carpet cleaner (use Groupon). I figure that I may be able to afford this once per season if I budget appropriately. I also bought another desk that I do not have to share with my teenage daughter and four-year-old son. This is my personal workspace free from clutter and distractions.
The next thing I did was consult the pros (Pinterest, Instagram, the self-help section at Barnes and Noble). I hope you know that I was smiling when I typed the last sentence but, it’s true for me. I follow some amazing people on social media who are starting from scratch or who have started from scratch and are doing very well. They offer inspiration and advice which is why I created the board “Boss Behavior” on Pinterest.
Please go check it out. This board is all about the third step of creating a binder for 2016. I have this poster in my classroom that says “A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish”. The binder will hold the plan and the process. I found templates for mission statement sheets, goal setting forms, budgeting and bill paying, spiritual health, physical health, and more. I bought dividers and created sections to chart my growth.
The main goal is to become a published author by the end of 2016. My other goals, I have one for each section of the binder: are to lose weight, create a solid nutrition regimen, be more productive at work, pay of at least two bills on my credit report, and build a stronger foundation spiritually.
Lastly, I will take the next seven days to create an action plan with steps to achieve each goal and just start. My hope is that by sharing my journey with you, you will also be inspired and we will all live a life that is purposeful. As single parents it may be harder to carve out time so I will continue to share how I find ways through my posts in the new year.
I would also like to add that I am reading a book called the “The 5 AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast” by Jeff Sanders and it is truly inspirational. I just want to be able to implement; I will share more as I continue to read.
Well, now it’s time to go get planning!