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Setting Realistic Goals

It’s a month into the new year. How is it going? By now, you may be getting a clearer picture on whether the goals you’ve set for the new year are realistic or perhaps a little more difficult than you expected. We homeschool by the calendar year, so it’s easy to get all excited about the new year and new school year that I can easily set my goals a little too high. I start out with these HUGE ideas, and by the end of January, I’m already burnt out! Can you relate?

Now I am not saying “don’t set goals” or even saying you shouldn’t set goals that are challenging, but as homeschoolers, we have a unique set of challenges because everything going on in our lives affects our homeschool as well. It can be easy to set aspiring and lofty goals and forget that sometimes “life happens,” and we end up feeling defeated or disappointed. It’s not a fun feeling!

You pictured climbing a mountain, but are having a hard time making it over a hill. Setting realistic goals is important for a successful new year!

Setting Realistic Goals

 

Set Both Long-Term and Short-Term Goals

When the new year is upon us, it’s easy to set the long-term goals for the new year. Although setting yearly goals is important, it is hard to track progress and sometimes feels daunting when you’re just getting started. What I am doing is setting a yearly goal and then breaking it down into more attainable goals – monthly, weekly, and even daily. This helps me to see the big picture and plan a route to reach the ultimate goal. It also helps to track progress along the way and make any necessary changes.

 

Start Small

Many times we go into the new year knowing where we’ve been – what we accomplished last year and on what we need to improve. Sometimes we’re not quite sure! Reaching goals is all about endurance, and if you burn yourself out too soon you’re more likely to give up on your goals completely. Perhaps you want to schedule more field trips this year. Jumping into one field trip per week may seem realistic but perhaps you are coming from hardly going on any. In that case, it would easily burn you out.

Start small. You can always increase your goals as you go. In the field trip scenario – start with one every other week, and if you find this is a good routine, you can choose to stick with it or even build upon it. Remember, though, it is OK to go back down as well. Find what works for you and don’t give up!

 

Consider Circumstances

Obviously going into the new year we don’t always know what will happen. The unexpected happens all the time. I know we had a rough year last year with many circumstances we surely couldn’t foresee. The best we can do is consider circumstances we do know about and can plan for and leave a little wiggle room for the rest.

We, personally, school from the beginning of January through Thanksgiving and take breaks as needed rather than setting specific breaks unless we know there is a special event or vacation planned. This way we have some time to work with and still fit in a full school year.

 

Pray

Setting goals is always better when they have been set prayerfully. It’s easy to set goals based on what we see other homeschoolers doing whether in our local groups or online, but every family is different, and God’s plan for every family is different. Before you jump into lofty plans and ideas consider His path for your family. Spend some time together as a family praying for guidance.

 

Do you feel like you’re on the right path for the new year?

 

Emilee Roberts (4 Posts)

Emilee is happily married to her best friend, Joey, who is a 2x cancer survivor and Disabled Veteran. She is a full-time, homeschooling mom to their 3 special needs kids who amaze, inspire, and humble her every day. In addition to blogging she is a freelance writer and mompreneur with a crafting/sewing business with the same name as her blog Pea of Sweetness.


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A Clear Vision for a New Year

 

Do you take time to re-evaluate your homeschool plans and progress at the start of a new year?  What about your own personal goals?

As homeschool parents, we’re called upon to give so much of ourselves on a daily basis.  I think most of us would agree that we do this gladly (for the most part), yet there has to be a way to refill our own depleted resources from time to time.

One of the ways I keep my focus, both personally and in homeschooling, is to choose one word to represent the new year.  I’ve also written about three other ways to keep your focus, which includes choosing a motto or Bible verse for your homeschool. This kind of thing can serve as a reminder of why we do what we do, even when the going gets tough.  Sometimes we need to be our own cheering section! Having a clear vision of the task at hand and the road before us can help.

 

A Clear Vision for a New Year @hsbapost.com

Some of our team writers have chosen one word for the new year and we’d like to share those with you as a source of encouragement.

To Grow and Strengthen in 2015 by North Laurel at North Laurel Home & School

My Word for 2015: Purpose by Emilee at Pea of Sweetness

The Most Important Thing to Remember in 2015 by Davonne at DavonneParks.com

Hope is the Word at my blog Embracing Destiny

 

Do you choose one word, one Bible verse, or a motto for your homeschool or your own personal reflection for the year? Please share in the comments.

 

Sara (47 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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A New Devotional for a New Year

 

With all the discussion of goals and resolutions that comes with a new year, I try to include spiritual enrichment at the top of my list every year. It is an area I need to re-evaluate often because it seems much too easy to lose sight of my goals. Life is busy. Homeschooling and being a full-time mom to three kids (one with special needs) keeps me going all the time. “Quiet time” is not a concept I’m familiar with most days. If I want to spend quality time in the Word, I’ve got to be intentional. Sometimes I’m just at a loss for where to begin in that process. Kathy Gossen has written a 90-day chronological New Testament devotional called “And the Word Became Flesh” for moms like me to make a meaningful connection between the scriptures and daily life.

 

"And the Word Became Flesh" 90-day devotional

 

A Devotional for Busy Moms

As a wife, mother of two, and entrepreneur, Kathy Gossen knows what it’s like to feel frazzled during her daily quiet time. Prior to the creation of “And the Word Became Flesh,” she became increasingly frustrated by trying to fit it all in before being interrupted by pattering feet. Some days would be filled with great times of prayer. Others would be wonderful times of Bible study. She even memorized scripture on a weekly basis with her children. Yet, one discipline rarely flowed into another and little of what she read or did ever reached her heart where real change could take place. Her daily quiet time had become another item to check off her to-do list, and the inclusion of each of the spiritual disciplines in her weekly, let alone daily life, slowly became a distant memory. She knew it was time for a change. She knew there had to be a better way so out of that frustration blossomed “And the Word Became Flesh.” This 90-day journey guides you to not only read through the New Testament chronologically in 90 days, but be transformed by the Word as you take time for reflection, prayer, and scripture memory based on what you are reading and is intended for repeated use. Use it for your personal quiet time or as a springboard for your New Testament homeschool studies and let the Word become flesh in you!

 

 

Kathy is generously donating one paperback or Kindle copy of “And the Word Became Flesh: A 90-Day Chronological Journey Through the New Testament” to the Best Variety Blog winner in the 2014 Homeschool Blog Awards.

Visit Kathy at Cornerstone Confessions website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

 

 

 

Sara (47 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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