It’s November! Here’s How to Plan Your Month and Set Clear Actionable Goals

It is November 1st and that means we headed into the THICK of Holiday Season. This year Ben and I are hosting my family here for Thanksgiving. I am super excited and stressed all at once. They will be here for 4 days total and with that comes logistics. Where is everyone sleeping? What are we eating each day? How big does the turkey need to be?!

On top of that, we are really wanting to work on our finances. In our first house we completed one project a year. Back then we didn’t have as much cash flow (as is typical) and worked really hard to have some patience with each project that needed to be done. In this house we have been going ham. We have done so much in the last year alone including painting our kitchen cabinets, finishing the basement, getting a concrete patio poured, painting all of the rooms, and setting up our home office.

We made it through but we took a HIT on our finances. Now that we are taking a small break from big house projects, we really want to focus in on our budget + saving money. SO, with that being said, that is where the chunk of our goals lie this month (and probably for the remainder of the year!) I am going to be talking about our goals here but I hope this serves YOU in some small way. Maybe it inspires you to take stock of your own daily life and see if there is anything you want to pay more attention to.

Goals for Our Household

As I said earlier, this year we are hosting Thanksgiving for the very first time. I really don’t want to be stressed in the days leading up to my family visiting

Planning Our Month

With the big event just a few weeks away, I am working on keeping on top of household chores. I sat down yesterday to go over the next few weeks. I jotted down everything we have coming up this month include my Mom’s Group Bible Study, possible dates for a long-overdue girls night with my friends, and my cleaning schedule for each week.

The big thing is the cleaning schedule. Here’s how I see it, if I stay on top of weekly cleaning there will be less to stress about in the days leading up to guests arriving. I am really working on being more intentional with my time daily. This includes play time with my kids, quality time with my husband, and the time I spend on the up keep of our house.

And finally, meal planning. I am currently working on my Thanksgiving Menu. This includes the main event and the days surrounding Thanksgiving when my house will be full. I want to have this locked down by the beginning of next week so I can have everything ready well in advance.

Which brings us to our goals for this month…

Household Goals for November

So first up, my cleaning goals.

I have setup a plan of attack, if you will, for house chores for this month. This includes a weekly rotation of the normal things. Dusting, vacuuming, bathrooms, bedrooms, etc. I have also tagged on a few “deep cleaning” items such as baseboards and on top of my cabinets. With that being said, my first goal of the month is

1. Complete all planned chores each week

There have been so many weeks where I skip a bathroom or *forget* to dust the front room. I want to be better about this routine of things. The house feels better when everything is clean the way I like. Heck, I feel better! Plus, when I’m on top of things, cleaning goes so much faster because there isn’t as much build up of yuck!

As for our second goal…

Earlier on I told you we are really trying to get a better handle on our finances. We are not in the worst position, but we are not where we want to be. With Christmas just around the corner and gifts to be bought, this is the perfect month to really start nailing our budget each month.

The reality is that so much has changed for us in the last year or so, our budget is looking different. Gas prices are up, food is so much more expensive, we aren’t really sure what our spending goal can realistically be in those two categories. BUT there is one place we know can be lower: eating out. So goal number two is

2. Eat out a MAX of 1x a week

We spent $600 eating out last month. $600!!!! I was blown away when I went over last months budget. That is so much money that could be spent on more important things or, even better, SAVED.

Typically I set a dollar amount for our budgets but this month I wanted to change it up. Giving us a hard number of times we can eat out is more of a challenge than anything else. And to one up myself, I am going hoping to not eat out once this week or next because we have a friends birthday dinner to go to later on in the month.

I’m really hoping switching this budget up into a challenge form will help us crush it. Because seriously, we could use that $600 in so many other ways!

Personal Goals

Now that we’ve gone over our household goals, let’s talk about our personal goals.

I’ve said it already but I will say it again, I am trying to be more intentional with my time. I am so often caught up in what needs to be done that I get overwhelmed and burnt out. I lose patience with my toddlers and don’t have any energy to put into our marriage. So this month I am hoping to start making a few changes starting with how I look at my time and how I treat myself.

You can’t pour from an empty cup.

I saw this quote somewhere a week (or so) ago and my jaw hit the floor. I had seen/heard it before but for some reason, this was the time it hit home. I need to give myself a break. I need to carve out time for me. With that in mind, here are my personal goals:

  1. Workout 3x a week, at minimum
  2. Spend 20 minutes at least 2x a week doing something for me. Find what fills me back up!
  3. Track daily screen time

Working out isn’t really a new goal for me. It has been on my list since August. Have I successfully gone a whole month working out 3x a week? No, not yet, but you can’t win if you stop trying! I want movement of some kind to be a habit, so I am not giving up on this one.

As for the second goal, I have realized that I don’t even know what I enjoy doing anymore. I can’t even focus on one thing at a time. I think that I am craving sitting down and binge-watching my favorite show but then I sit down. My brain doesn’t stop, I scroll through Instagram or TikTok and don’t even take the time to enjoy myself.

What do I enjoy doing?

I truly don’t know anymore. This month I really want to try to take some time for myself. Maybe I’ll write or I’ll try something totally new. But I need to figure out what fills me up.

And finally, the goals for this blog…

Goals for This Blog

Last month I was in a rut. I don’t know about you, but I often struggle with my “job” as a stay-at-home mom. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom and I know how blessed I am that I get to stay home. But I do struggle. Last month Ben and I were in a rough spot in our marriage (one of many) and I found myself wondering if going back to work would help my own insecurities in our family dynamic.

I started this blog for my own sanity. It gave me something to do when the kid were babies and sleeping all-day. It gives me something to focus on when I need a break from the mom stuff and it keeps me writing.

I have bounced around with this blog a lot. I get serious for a week or so and then forget about it for a few months. But I want to be successful in some small way. I would love to pull in some income and have something that I can one day throw on a resume and say “look what I did!”

So this month I am turning things around. As I said earlier, I am trying to be more intentional with my time. Scrolling through YouTube a few days ago I came across Jules Acree and fell in love. I started using Notion and Google Calendar to Time Block and organize my task lists.

I have been working hard to learn the best practices for Like to Know It. I made a rough outline of a November content calendar. So here are my two goals for this blog this month:

  1. Treat this blog like a business, not a sometimes hobby
  2. Reach 200 pageviews

Goal number two speaks for itself. It is a measurable goal that I can either cross out or not at the end of the month. Goal number one, however, is a little more aloof. In order to nail down what I am really wanting I jotted down the following action items:

  • Spend 30 minutes a day on something for the blog. Writing, planning, or promoting on socials
  • Post to LTK at least 5x a week
  • Publish 1 post a week, minimum

As you can see, all of my goals have two parts to them. We are starting off small in a lot of areas, and challenging ourselves. And you know what? If I’m not 100% successful, that’s okay too. I’m setting goals for myself, and my family, to challenge ourselves to start some better habits.

I want to feel fulfilled. I don’t want to be stressed. And I want to be able to enjoy this stage of my kids lives, even if they make me want to pull my hair out some days!

I will be excited to check in at the end of the month! And stay tuned here because I have a ton of content planned for the next few months. You can subscribe to my email list below or come hang out on Instagram for the daily fun!

What are your goals this month??

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