Goals for the Upcoming Week 1/5/15

Words cannot express how ready I am to get back into a routine.  So ready, in fact, that I am spending time today getting our meal plans done for the next two weeks, working on our daily schedule for the next school quarter, and thinking about my writing goals for the coming months – a week at a time, of course.

I love doing the meal planning, and I love how much easier it makes the week when it’s done.  As we “speak,” there is a roast in the crock pot for hubby’s lunch sandwiches this week.  On the dinner menu for the coming weeks are baked herb chicken, short ribs, French onion soup, turkey soup, hamburgers, and of course, pizza – our traditional Friday night supper.  Lunches here at home are sandwiches, or some variation (grilled cheese, quesadillas, mini pizzas, etc.)  For breakfasts, I try to plan things that I can get ready the night before and put in the oven in the morning.

Having a daily schedule helps keeps the kids (and me!) on track with their school work, and helps me maintain time for blogging and working on the novel.  Therefore, it should also help me reach some of my writing goals.

Long-Term Writing Goals:

– Finish first draft of Lily’s Story by March 1st.
– Complete first round edits by March 15th.
– Finish second round edits by March 29th.
– Have MS into Beta Reader hands by April 1st.

Goals for this Week:

– 1,000 words per day on Lily’s Story
– Blog according to my Post Schedule
– Get each of the children’s bedrooms and the playroom organized
– Get one cupboard in the kitchen organized
– Get the kitchen table cleaned off
– Put Christmas decorations away

I have a lot more to accomplish as far as organization, but this is what I’m going to shoot for this week.  I’ll be less likely to burn out on organizing if I set realistic goals.

What are your goals for the next few weeks and months?

19 comments for “Goals for the Upcoming Week 1/5/15

  1. January 4, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Good luck with your goals!
    I definitely am with you on getting back to a routine. I’m all out of sorts!
    I just want to keep a regular blog schedule, finish Killer Orange for my editor and start my next projects. It seems simple…but it’s harder than it seems. 🙂

  2. January 4, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I like the idea of putting ones goals (especially writing and blogging goals) in a post and allowing your readers to encourage you to keep on track – and in some cases keep you on track!

    Good luck with your writing goals – and I don’t know how you do it with kids as well! More power to you!

    • January 4, 2015 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks! It’s a bit scary, but it does seem to provide motivation, as well as a way for me to keep track of my goals – because, let’s face it, it’s easy for me to lose track of ideas if I don’t write them down ;-).

      Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      • January 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm

        🙂 I totally understand the keep track of goals – I just cleaned out my desk for the New Year and found so many sticky notes filled with goals and ideas!

        • January 5, 2015 at 9:28 am

          That should make it easy to set your new goals lol :-).

  3. January 4, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    My plans – oh, yes organizing. The kids’ rooms? Uhhh, no, not really….avalanches are beyond me, although my ten-year-old just posted tickets in her doorway – anyone helping her with her room will get help from her in return. I like her approach!

    Unschooling means that ‘schedules’ are capricious. We live more in a ‘flow’ state. That makes it harder to set concrete plans, but, since I’m the type who loves to have a buffet of things to do, I usually just go with the energy flow of the house.

    Right now, things are more nocturnal, for the three of us who aren’t attached to a work schedule. My thirteen year old is just now going to bed, at 4pm – he’s been up since about 10pm…

    I’ve got dishes soaking, laundry going, three blogposts to publish, and Enterprise on Netflix – #itswritingresearch. Later, I’ll be heading out to a write-in – that’ll be fun, and then it’s my Accomplice’s weekend – he’s a chef,

    Hope you find your routine mojo!

    • January 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      Your house sounds about as busy as mine! I am personally nocturnal, but as I have two 3 year olds who are morning people, I have to force myself into bed at a reasonable hour (you know, by midnightish).

      I do sort of an unschool blend (is that a thing??) with my younger kids, and with them I tend to cover the basics and let them go with the flow for the rest; I like that I can let them pursue their interests and get lots of learning through play. My oldest is in high school this year and is using a computer based curriculum for academics.

      I like your ten year old’s approach too! Maybe I’ll steal it :-D.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I’m headed over to check out more of your blog, and I’m looking forward to it :-).

      • January 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        Theres’s a reason the blog’s called Lovely Chaos…. =)

        My daughter used to be a morning person, when she as small. She also used to love bananas…

        Noe we rotate; sometimes our schedules mesh;other times not so much, but, because they’re bigger kids now, it’s easier on everyone when they don’t, and we’ve learned to go with the flow…

        I think the technical terms would be eclectic or relaxed, or both. That’s where we started, but my son does not learn by agendas other than his own. Period. I caused a lot of angst, and almost lost that incredibly perceptive, inquisitive mind of his, before I figured out that trusting him was a better option.

        My daughter got the benefit of that; I’ve never tried to do lessons with her, ever. She was 8 when she learned to read, and, at 10, she’s at near an adult level (she’s very verbal, and always has been, and now her reading matches her ability to speak, or nearly so).

        What they choose to spend their time on fascinates me. So much more diverse and true to their natures than what I could come up with!

        Hope you enjoy the lovely chaos whenever you pop in!

        • January 5, 2015 at 9:49 am

          I would have done very well in your house if I had continued homeschooling :-). I was only at home through 4th grade. My son happens to need a very defined structure in order to keep him on track. Left to his own devices, he would simply play video games all day. I think my oldest daughter will do well with continued unschooling; she seems to do pretty well with it now (3rd grade). She learned to read when she was 6, and that was completely through unschooling – I was pretty proud of myself for being so laid back about it lol.

          I love watching what they choose to do with their free time. They are all quite artistic and really seem to get joy out of putting their creativity to work. I agree it is fascinating!

          • January 8, 2015 at 12:01 am

            My son is more into games than my daughter; he’s got an affinity for technology. He spends lots of time researching games, which is something that translates easily to other research. I’ve really relaxed about it, as I’ve seen all he gets from his gaming.

            And the watching what they do – by itself, that would make it all worthwhile, for me, even without all the other benefits.

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  4. January 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Good luck with the goals. Think everyone is trying to get into a routine after the holidays.

    • January 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

      I’m sure. I always feel so chaotic and disoriented from Thanksgiving through New Year’s, because keeping a daily routine with the kids is nearly impossible with everything that’s going on. I hope you are able to get back into your writing routine as well!

      • January 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        That slew of days off is a killer. I’m just hoping to get a good run of school days before he’s back. That way I can get the next book’s first draft done. I’ve been using nights to my advantage.

        • January 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

          Sounds like a good plan! I often use nights as well, but during these last couple of weeks I’ve just been exhausted by the end of the day. I ended up using these two weeks as a “brain break” with the plan to go at it again once the break was over.

          • January 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

            The exhaustion is what’s getting in the way. I’m lucky to get a little writing done.

          • January 4, 2015 at 2:17 pm

            I completely understand. I hope things get better with the little guy back in school!

          • January 4, 2015 at 2:35 pm

            Thanks. Hope you get back into the routine.

          • January 4, 2015 at 2:41 pm

            Thanks :-).

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