A sort of ‘goals’ post for 2019-ish

January 5, 2019

I was going to write a post telling you all about my goals for the year ahead. 
It’s January so naturally, a lot of people start to think of ways to improve themselves and ‘do more of this’ and be ‘more like that’ and ‘give up something else’

I sat… and I thought for a while about all the things I want to achieve. Where I want to be in a year. Where I want to be in 5 years etc and it all came back to one thing. I need to get organised. 

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Right now, at this moment, my head feels very cluttered. I’ve always been a cluttery sort of person. I don’t put things away properly, I’m a bit sentimental and keep things that I attach memories too and to be honest, I’m just a bit bloody lazy. But there are so many things I want to achieve and I’ll never do them if I don’t sort my shit out.

I am self employed – I need to earn money.

I left my job in October – I really should have a handle by now on having a routine in place for my work time, what needs to be done and when, yet here I am, ever the procrastinator. I’ve been enjoying time with the kids and Liam and I find it hard to walk away and get my work done. I need to set myself stricter working hours. This is easier when Liam is on a late shift as I’ll be able to put the kids in bed by 8pm and then work straight through until he gets home at 11pm. 

When Liam is on an early shift, I find it harder to walk away but that’s something I need to sort. I need to know exactly what I’m going to be doing each and every time I sit at my desk too. There is no point sitting down without a clear plan of what I’m doing, otherwise, I’ll get sucked into a black hole of Facebook videos and all sorts of shit. 

I am a Mother – I need to parent.

Ok, so this one is kind of obvious. Of course, I need to parent. I don’t just need to spend time with my children, I need to teach them things and play with them and feed them and love them and keep them safe – and pull them apart when they fight and clean them when they get dirty.

I need to make time to read with Dexter and play with the girls. Ideally I’d like to find a way to give them each some one to one time.

I can’t do this when I’m working and I can’t work when I’m parenting. How do you find the right balance?

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I am a homemaker – I need to make a home.

I am the one at home all the time. Yes, Liam and I share the housework, yes he cooks and cleans and does the washing but realistically, I feel like if I’m not going ‘out’ to work, I should be able to work things around everyone else. I’ve been following a cleaning routine online lately and keeping on top of things and for the most part it seems to be working but it’s definitely an area of my life that I need to work on. I’m hoping that by the end of the year, by house will have less clutter, be cleaner and be kept on top of. I also want to get my garden up straight and I really love this post from Jen – Getting the garden Summer ready without the stress. By the end of the year, I won’t panic when people decide to drop in, and I will be much more likely to just invite people over. The laundry will be done AND put away on time and I will know where everything is.

I will learn to budget.

Liam currently deals with all of our finances. I don’t look at anything, don’t have anything to do with any of it – But I want to change that. I want to take it over, and know when all of the bills are coming out and I want to be responsible for knowing if we have enough for this cup of coffee or that birthday gift for Dexter’s school friend. I want to start saving and see the pennies add up and know that we can take our kids to the cinema every now and then or get them an ice cream when we go to the park. If I can achieve a well balanced budget sheet, I will be proud of myself.

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My word for 2019…

So, yeah, I realise that this post has been a bit of a brain dump, but I really needed to get it written down and out of my head so that I could see clearly what I wanted to achieve. I think it all boils down to one word – Organised.

Something I’ve never been but really need to become if I’m ever going to get out of debt, stay working from home and actually one day learn to drive and buy a house. So there you have it. Not resolutions. Barely even goals. Just a glorified to-do list really. 

Have you made any plans for the year ahead or have you not bothered? Good luck if you have and 

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