I've been making monthly goals for years, now. Some are long term goals, others are short term goals. Some months, I attain all or most of that month's goals. And that's ideal. Other months, I don't quite achieve my goals. But that's OK; sometimes it means my goals were too big to be achieved in one month. Occasionally, goals change, for one reason or another, and that's OK, too.
So here are my goals for August.
Spiritual: Continue to perform daily devotions/meditations, be more present in the moment, and attend the monthly prayer meeting (scheduled for 2nd weekend in August)
Environment: Outside: Continue to spruce up the garden (regularly weed, water, prune, cultivate, landscape, etc.) Inside: Continue to clean and declutter (daily/weekly routines).
Daughter: Spend time with her before she leaves for grad. school; drive her up there and settle her in towards end of August.
Family: Keep in touch through letters, e-mails, phone calls; Get together with family once or twice.
Friends: Keep in touch through letters, e-mails, phone calls and also get together with them once or twice.
Career: Need to balance career demands with family obligations, this month.
Finances: Start a new budget/spending plan! There will be several changes in my expense categories, this month, and so, this month's budget will be more trial and error than in months past. I paid off my mortgage in June, but I will be paying for daughter's apartment and utilities while she's in grad. school; also, her tuition has increased as grad. school costs more than undergrad.
Health: Be mindful of diet and exercise; get adequate sleep; call to schedule a dr's appt. for myself (regular check-up).
Organizing: Organize daughter's move. Lists, lists, and more lists! In previous months, I've made lists of items she'll need for her new apartment and we've shopped and bought most of the items she'll take from here. This month, I'll make the list of items we will buy up there and the list of all the things we need to do before she leaves, and all the things we need to do once she's moved.
Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies: Sew, knit, read, garden; finish knitting the blouse for DD, sew a table runner and cushion covers for her.
Time Management: Lots to do before DD moves up north; I basically have 3 weeks to get stuff done.
It's going to be a busy month.
Do you make monthly goals? Do you do regular reviews of the goals during the month to see if you are where you'd like to be in terms of achieving your goals?