Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December Daily: The New Year

Have you given any thought to the new year? If you're like me most of the time, you're just making it through this week! Next year?!!

For several years, when Wes was on staff of our church in Texas, our pastor encouraged us to plan for the new year. Wes has carried that through here, and has been working on a church calendar for a couple of months now. And since we have a few weeks left before the new year, I want to sit down and make some plans for my personal life; not so much resolutions as goals for the coming year. Our pastor used to say, "If you aim at nothing, you're bound to hit it!"

What are some areas that we homemakers should set goals in?
  • Spiritual - we are individually responsible to God for our own relationship with him! We should have goals for Bible-reading, Scripture memory, prayer, giving, and witnessing
  • Physical - we're also responsible for taking care of ourselves. Not excessive pampering, but truly caring for our health with good food in proper portions, adequate rest, some exercise each day, some quiet time for ourselves, checkups. And then plan for some shopping for clothes (even the thrift store counts as shopping!), hair appointments - things to keep us looking nice.
  • Marriage - our relationships with our husbands are the longest-lasting ones we have. Our children will grow up and make their own lives; will we still know our husbands when that day comes? We should make some goals for dates (even if it's just once a month), for building that relationship with loving words, maybe even plan some more intimate times with our mates (they won't complain!)
  • Children - we should spend time with them, maybe one-on-one? Maybe plan a Bible study, memorize some Scripture with them, schedule family nights.
  • Homemaking - have a plan, no matter how loose, for getting household tasks accomplished. I like FlyLady's Zone method; others may clean one room or area each day. Plan for heavy cleaning, emergencies, busy times outside the home
  • Creativity - set goals for creative projects, if you have interests in that area. Learn something new. Make gifts. Make things to sell. Make things to decorate your home or to wear.
Planning ahead also does several things for you:
  • Reduces stress - the more thoughts you can get on paper, the less you have to remember!
  • Saves time - you don't have to stop to plan when it's time to get things done
  • Motivates - planning ahead gets you excited about all the things coming up
  • Makes you more efficient - goals give you a map to follow, helping you get more done, more efficiently
  • Prepares you for the unexpected - planning your work helps you when emergencies arise - you know where you stand what needs to be done, without having to stress out over the little things
  • Prepares you for the busy times - those inevitable busy seasons won't creep up on you when you know they're coming and have planned for them - birthdays, church meetings, school events, holidays
(These points were loosely based upon Thoughts on Planning a New Year by Dr. Cary Schmidt)

Do you make goals for the new year? Care to share what some of them are? At the end of the year, I'll share what I have in these areas. We can be an encouragement to each other!

6 comments:

  1. WHAT AN INSPIRATION!

    PRAY THAT I WILL "JUST" DO IT!!!

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  2. Hope these ideas were a help! I wrote them out for my own benefit, because I need to plan too!

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  3. What a great post Susan, Man I need this one. I have been making it by the skin of my teeth lately and still not getting everything done. I'm gonna have to revisit Flylady and try to make a plan. You know what Bro. Todd Lasseter, our associate at Trinity says: It you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

    Thanks for the motiation!

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  4. Great ideas! Would you mind if I used this in our ladies' ministry newsletter? Citing you as author. of course. :-)

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  5. I'm glad it was helpful to you, Tori! My intention was to be a help, but I was afraid it would come across too preachy.

    Barbara, you are welcome to use it for your newsletter. Glad it was a help!

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  6. I came here from Barbara H.'s blog. I love the quote, "If you aim at nothing, you're bound to hit it." I'd better do some more thinking about where I want to aim this year :)

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Thanks for taking a minute to read my ramblings and leave a comment! I appreciate it!

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