No matter what you do in life, it’s important to have a goal to work toward. It gives you something to focus on and something to be proud of when you reach it.
This is especially true when you stay home with your kids, whether or not you work at home. It’s so easy to lose sight of everything but raising your family, forgetting your own interests and dreams. But with a little bit of work you can do better not only for yourself but those you care about.
What are your goals? It could be to start a home business, lose weight, be a better parent, start a hobby… there are all kinds of goals. Some will take only a little time to achieve once you decide to go for them, while others may take years.
Finding time to work toward your goals isn’t always easy. You will probably have to cut back on something else. It’s always a matter of finding the right balance for your life. Most people spend more time than they need to on something that really matters less to them than reaching their goals, if they’d only stop to think about it.
Take a look at your daily activities. Do you spend a lot of time watching TV, chatting on the phone or wandering on the internet? Any of these activities are likely to hold some degree of interest to you, but are they a real priority when compared to your goals? Could you cut an hour or even just 15 minutes a day from one of these activities to work towards one of your goals?
The hardest part of getting things done sometimes is changing old habits. It’s so easy to keep doing the same thing. Find what will help you to keep trying. For some people keeping a calendar and writing down what they’ve achieved will help while for others it will be enough just to know what they’ve gotten done.
Obviously, for parents it’s very important to maintain that balance that keeps your family running. However, many goals can include the kids or the entire family. My daughter loves to exercise, for example, and will come running up to my desk to see if it’s time yet.
You could also try working toward your goals as the kids do their homework. It may help them to see you use the self discipline you want them to have about doing homework in order to achieve your goals. Children of all ages learn a great deal from example, and working hard on different things at the same time can be a wonderful experience and a way to share.
Don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach your goals. It doesn’t have to be much of a reward, but it is just nice to have a way to tell yourself that you’ve accomplished what you set out to do.