Each month I highlight my monthly goals, partly to make myself accountable for the plans, tasks and goals that I include. But also in the hope that it inspires you to make a little list of monthly goals that you’d like to achieve for the month ahead. Helping you realise that you achieve more than you possibly give yourself credit for.
I’m not ready to say goodbye to the summer just yet, although I’d be happy with the weather turning down a few degrees. As I make the final preparations for back to school I’m thinking about the monthly goals I’d like to set and focus on for the month ahead.
How did I get on with my monthly goals from August?
The summer holidays are very different when you become a parent, especially once school holidays take hold of your life. After months of being ruled by school routines, the children are free to be kids again. So whilst they have been having fun in the garden, playing games and spending time together I have been juggling work and everyday life. Feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all the tasks on my to-do lists not to mention my August monthly goals too.
Family: Living For The Weekend
During the school year, we are always thankful for the weekends. A break from the usual work/school pattern and a chance to recharge our batteries or head out on an adventure. The summer makes them take on a whole new meaning as they allow us to ditch work, chores etc. and get together as a family and enjoy making memories together.
Home: It’s A team Effort
Teamwork makes the dream work, or so the saying goes. Over the summer we have been reassessing chores now that we are approaching a new school year. Each of the children has their own responsibilities both in terms of their belongings and around the house. Fingers crossed that this goes smoothly as they settle back into school next month.
Work: Early Finish
Having the opportunity to increase my usual part-time hours to full-time has been a great financial benefit for us. As well as giving me the sense of accomplishment at being able to see things through to completion rather than handing them over to someone else. The downside to this, especially over the summer is the lack of hours with the children.
One of the things I requested ahead of the summer was to be able to finish early on my extra days to allow me time later in the day with the children. Which worked nicely as they were able to do some of their own things whilst I worked before coming together for trips out or family films etc.
My plans and monthly goals for September
The new school year for the children and in many ways the start of the year for me too., Much more so than January as I begin to plan for birthdays, Christmas and any changes I’d like to my life and our family life. My September monthly goals reflect this new year, a new start feels.
Family: Back To School
A new school year is ahead for the children, with Roo entering her GCSE year, and Tigger just starting high school. Whilst Piglet remains in primary school, entering the last year of KS1. Each one of them is set to face their own challenges this coming year. This year I’m determined to be organised and have them complete their homework, reading etc. where possible on the day it’s been set to leave our weekends free for family time.
Home: Packing for travel
With our wedding anniversary at the beginning of the month, we always like to head off on a family adventure to celebrate. The schools for some strange reason are back almost a week earlier than usual so we are going to be that family who pulls their children out of school. This year we have three adventures planned over the course of a week which will be fun but my logical nightmare to pack everyone up and ready for our family travels.
Blog: Festive Planning
As we approach 100 days until Christmas I am hoping to start planning my festive articles as well as my Christmas Gift Guides with money tight for us all, I’m looking to share some frugal festive tips.