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Tomorrow marks the start of 2010 and this mom doesn’t do New Years resolutions. She sets goals and plans.  I usually draw a Life Map, though I admit I haven’t in over 3 years. Which is probably a good indicator of why I am feeling stagnant.

So for this almost always organized mom (or never organized at the moment), it’s time to go back to the beginning and set some goals for 2010 and the next three years. I wanted to share some free and affordable tools I located online to help you set goals for yourself and as a family.

Free setting goals workbook

Mom Goals offers tips and steps for setting goals for moms.

101 goals in 1001 days. Offers a list of goal setting and goal tracking worksheets and printables.

Tony Robbins has a great article explaining how to set your Personal mission statement. A first step in goal setting. 

Of course there are a lot of great goal setting resources for moms over at ListPlanIt.com as well.

 

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Guest Post by Beverly Coggins

We all have big projects we must accomplish at different points in our lives. It may be a normal part of your job or a fund-raiser for your child’s sports team or doing a home improvement project. Whatever the case, if you plan ahead, you can eliminate much of the stress that could accompany a big project. Here are a few tips:

1. Break down your project into categories and then to specific tasks in each category.

2. Estimate the time it will take do each task. Err on the side of over-estimating rather than under-estimating.

3. Add up the time it will take to complete your project so you will know how much time will need to be devoted to the project.

4. Set a deadline for the completion of your project.

5. If your project allows, delegate. Assign tasks with clear instructions and deadlines. Plan to follow-up periodically.

6. Working backwards, schedule the specific tasks/deadlines and follow-ups, allowing some extra wiggle room for unexpected delays. Plan to finish your project a couple of days ahead of schedule to reduce your stress level.

7. Know your peak energy times and schedule your tough jobs then, if possible.

8. Do big projects during big chunks of time and small ones during small scraps of time.

9. Do projects that require concentration at times when you won’t be interrupted at a place where there are few distractions. If you work in an office, consider going in during an evening or weekend when no one else is there. Make sure to take some time off during the week to compensate yourself.

10. Inform others of times when you do not want to be interrupted and when you will be available. Record this information on your voice mail. Give polite, but firm reminders when you are interrupted during your no-interruption times.

11. If necessary, go to a location away from your office or home where you are unlikely to be disturbed.

12. CELEBRATE the completion of your project!! If others are involved in your project, make sure to involve them in the celebration.

Beverly Coggins is an organizing expert, speaker and author of the 1-2-3…Get Organized series – books, workbooks, and ebooks written for the organizationally overwhelmed. Her blog provides tips on organizing time, the office, and home.

She is also a Myers-Briggs facilitator and conducts retreats, seminars, training, and coaching for businesses and individuals on the topics of team building, conflict resolution, vision/mission, career satisfaction, time management and organization.

MomAudience.com, her latest venture, is a weekly email showcasing free listings of businesses, blogs, products, and more that appeal to moms.

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I have been working a lot over the last few days. Creating contact lists for one of my clients, reviewing the adserver beta version for another, and preparing to Re-launch Organizedfamilies.com.

While researching goal setting resources yesterday afternoon I stumbled across Life Tango. A website that helps you determine, map, and reach your goals. We all have personal goals and business goals. I have found that using a goal setting approach to project planning has always helped me stay on course so I decided to give Life Tango a try for one of my business goals for the year.

After registering, I created my goal and about 6 milestones I have to reach in the next two months to stay on track.

Do you have a  goal that you are trying to reach ? I challenge you to join Life Tango or check out some Goal setting programs to help you reach your goals.

Of course when ever I wander to a new topic I immediately want to google I believe my “google it addiction” is right up there with my chocolate addiction.  Today I stood and watched my significant other hum and haw about looking for directions lost during my bathroom renovation to install the new light fixture my answer “google it”, when my son asks me a question I answer and always follow up with hey lets go “google it”

I googled “mom goal setting” to see if I could find other moms online looking for information about goal setting.  The title Mom Defrazzler had me laughing even before i opened the blog. Mom Frazzled yes this would be most moms I know at some point during the day.  After finding the front page of the blog I discovered she was discussing the importance of visualizing and writing down your goals.  Which I Was working on myself this week.

Here are some other paid programs to help with goal setting. I am hoping to get the chance to review some of these over the year (another business goal).

Goal Pro: 30 day free trial – The journal and scratch pad features are great.

Goal Maker: Great for teams, over come procrastination, motivational, allos you to assign goals and tasks.

Affirmware’s Sculptor 3: This goal setting software is about affirming your goals and reaching your dreams. Ten minutes a day to reach your top three dreams or goals.

It may take a bit of time to locate a program that works for you, but once you find one the rewards of reaching your business goals faster will be worth the time investment.

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Remember those goals you had, the dreams ?

It’s not to late to make them happen. Motherhood may mean you need adjust how you achieve them yet they are still attainable !
One of my goals has always been to see the world, well actually experience the world. I don’t think I will be satisfied with an odd one week resort vacation. I want to live, breathe, and experience cultures from around the world. If I was 20 and had no children I would pack my bag and be on my journey. Having three children, I have to adjust the steps I will take to reach my goal and even how that goal will look. I will however, obtain that goal.

So I challenge you to DREAM. I enjoy using a big white board and a rainbow of markers. No White board, use a large sheet of legal size paper. On the RIGHT side list all your dreams. 15 years from now what does your life look like ? What have you done ? Dream BIG.

There is no right or wrong. Anything is achievable with enough time and realistic steps to get there.

Here are my “dreams”

1)Live in the following countries for at least 8 weeks; India, Scottland, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, New Zealand, Italy, Iceland, Portugal, Greece with my children.

2)Visit the following Countries: Japan, China, England, Panama, Russia, Namibia, Egypt, maybe a few more.

3) Renovate my house

4) Purchase a new house that is larger

5) Complete a masters degree in Business and an associate degree in Social Work.

6) Start a non profit for families

7) Launch a media network

8) Sing with my children at their weddings

9) Learn Spanish, Hindi, and Portuguese

10) Lose 50 pounds that I have gained since having children

11) Run a cross country race with my son the runner

12) Return to dance

13) Become a foster parent

14) Write a novel

So what are your dreams …. share. Writing them down is the first step to making it happen.

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