Saturday, February 29, 2020

March Balanced Life Monthly Goals

Time to make my March goals for a more balanced life.  I have chosen 10 areas of my life that I think are important to me.  As I've explained before, my monthly balanced life goals are similar to the spokes of a wheel, with the length of each spoke representing my satisfaction in that area of my life, from 1 to 10, with 1 being most dissatisfied and 10 being most satisfied.  Ideally, all the spokes are of equal length and the wheel will roll along smoothly.  If the spokes are of unequal lengths, then, the resulting wheel will be lop-sided and wobbly.  My ratings for each segment are shown within the parentheses, with the beginning of the month ratings in black.

February Balanced Life Goals:

Spiritual: (10):   The goal is to live a spiritually meaningful life:
- Continue with daily prayers, meditation, being grateful, positive, and joyful
- Continue to cultivate non-attachment to material things by donating/decluttering more
- Go to the Temple at least once
- Attend the March rosary prayer gathering (on 3/15)

House (9.75):  The goal is a home that is pleasant, comfortable, and welcoming:
- Clean - Continue with spring (deep) cleaning
- Organize - Continue to find a place for everything and keep everything in its place
- Well maintained - Keep "erasing the evidence"; implement daily and weekly cleaning schedules
- Decluttered - Declutter 31 items in March

Garden (8.5):  The goal is a garden that is productive, yet drought tolerant:
- Maintain (water 1- 2 times per week, depending on how much rain we get; weed)
Clean out the garden shed
- Plant the new succulents cuttings 

Daughter (10):  The goal is to continue to have a close relationship with her:
- Be encouraging and supportive of her plans
- Daily texts, phone calls, and video chatting, etc., to keep in close touch with her
- Celebrate her birthday with her and enjoy her visit home

Family & Friends (10):  The goal is to have a close connection with family members and friends:
- Regular phone calls and emails
- Wish family and friends on their birthdays
- Will be seeing some family and friends at the monthly prayer gathering (scheduled for 3/15)
- Get together with friend R to go out to lunch or do some fun activity

Community (10):  The goal is to be involved in my community:
- Participate in the primaries and vote!
- Continue to participate in the blogging community 
Weekly phone calls with neighbor T
- Weekly visits with neighbor S (who is teaching me piano)
- Continue to participate in the online group of which I am a member
- Participate in temple events
- Participate in library events (free movie screenings, etc.)

Finances (10):  The goal is financial security:
- Continue budgeting and spending mindfully, with purpose
- Meet with financial planner (scheduled for 3/3)

Health & Well Being (7.5):  The goal is good health:
- Attend the medical appointments and lab tests scheduled for this month 
- Attend the retirement medical benefits workshop
- Continue to work on the following life style changes: 
  - better diet - eat more vegetables and complex carbs, less refined sugar
  - better hydration - drink 8 x 8oz glasses of water, daily
  - better sleep habits -  get sufficient sleep and try to adjust the sleep schedule
  - more exercise - get back on a walking schedule 
- Get back down to a healthier weight through diet and exercise

Time Management (8): The goal is to spend my time in a mindful manner:
- Keep to a more regular schedule
- Procrastinate less

Leisure/Crafts/Hobbies/Me-Time (10):  The goal is to relax doing something I enjoy doing for the pleasure of it.
- Engage in daily joyful activities
- Participate in the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt
- Weekly piano lessons (and daily practicing!)
- Do a crafts project

Those are my goals for a more balanced life in March.  The main goals don't change from month to month, but, I might tweak the things I do each month to attain those main goals.

Will you be making new goals in March?


  1. Good luck with a good set of goals.

    1. Thank you, Live and Learn. I shall keep working towards attaining those goals. :)

  2. I love the way you plan goals to support the things that are important to you. I'll bet you were very organised at work! Hope you get to tick of lots on your to do lit this month.

    1. Thank you, Eloise. Yes, I was very organized at work! Part of my work was to help set policy goals and I've attended workshops in setting goals, objectives, policies, and programs, etc. At one time, I was very organized at home, too, but then, life happened and I became overwhelmed. I couldn't keep up with everything. I am now feeling more able to do things, once again. :)

  3. Good luck Bless. I hope March proves to be every bit as good as February was for you.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I am hoping that March will be a good month for us all. :) We switch to daylights savings next weekend over here, and the longer evenings will be good for me.

  4. Sounds like you're really doing well on your goals!

  5. Yes, I will be setting goals for this month, but won't be listing them today. (It isn't on my list of goals for today, ha). I was really busy this morning shopping for lumber and drywall and helping my BIL carry it down into the basement from the van. BULL. So I am wiped right now. My sister just phoned to say she was coming over for crafting. Tomorrow, when I'm not building a shower stall, I will have to clean and wash the floors upstairs where we dragged through all the materials with our wet and salty winter boots. What a mess!

    1. Oh, my! I don't think I would have been able to carry even a single piece of lumber! I hope you will be able to rest this afternoon and evening! I'd wait a few days to make the goals and keep them to a few easily accomplished ones!

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