My Monthly Goals – November 2017

I can’t believe it’s already almost November, which also means it’s already almost December! I don’t know how this year has gone by SO quickly, but before I get into December and the most wonderful time of the year, I have to focus on some monthly goals for November. I try to set monthly goals in multiple different “categories” of my life. I focus on the things that I want to accomplish at work and at home, and what I want to accomplish in relation to my health and finances. Sometimes I do add in other categories, but usually my goals can fit into one of those four things.

I always spend the weekend before the new month thinking about what my monthly goals are going to be, and how I’m going to achieve them. I know there are so many methods and strategies to achieving goals, but I’ve always just remembered two tips from fourth grade, which is just that goals need to be achievable and measurable. Keeping those two things in mind, I usually don’t have a difficult time setting goals that challenge me AND that I can accomplish within a month.

Here are what my November goals are:



What: Pay $100 on debts.

How:   I included this into our November budget, and assuming we don’t get any unfortunate surprises, I don’t see why it wouldn’t be executed.

Why:   If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I just started organizing and paying off my debts. It will be a long journey, but $100 towards those debts is progress that I’m proud of!


What:  Complete my check register for my checking account daily.

How:   I’ve added a calendar reminder to my phone so that I’ll get a reminder to do this each night.

Why:   I usually get my check register set up really well when I pay our bills at the start of the month, but then I forget to add in little charges that come up later on. Once I forget a few charges, it becomes a whole process to get it up to date and make sure my spreadsheet matches my checking account. I like always knowing where my finances are at, and I really want to get in the habit of knowing where we’re at daily.

*My husband says that calling it a “check register” for my checking account is confusing. It’s just what I call the excel spreadsheet I use to track each of our expenses, like a digital version of an actual check register… I don’t know, it makes sense to me.



What:  Exercise three times per week.

How:   Again, I’ve added calendar reminders to my phone so that I’ll get a reminder to do it. We live our entire lives based on our shared family calendar, so if it’s on the calendar it’s more likely to happen.

I’m also setting out my work out clothes the night before, so when I come home from work the next day, they’re already ready to go.

Why:   I mentioned before that I recently adopted a rambunctious doggo. It turns out he needs a lot of exercise, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t also need exercise. I’m a happier person when I take the time to be active, and I generally feel better when I’m consistently getting outside and walking or jogging.


What:  Drink 64 ounces of water per day.

How:   I downloaded the app called “Plant Nanny” and made sure that my Nalgene was freshly washed and ready to go. My plan is to put it next to my purse each night so I remember to take it to work with me.

Why:   Obviously drinking plenty of water is extremely important for so many reasons. I’ve tried everything to consistently drink a healthy amount of water, and so far, nothing has worked. I have calendar reminders, and I tried to start an “accountability group” with my mom and sister. I also tried creating conditions for myself, so every time I did “this” I had to drink a cup of water. Nothing. Has. Worked.



What:  Be to work by 6:15am every day.

How:   Go to bed earlier and do as much prep the night before as possible (pack lunch, clean coffee cup, etc.)

Why:   I’m supposed to be to work by 6:00am every day, and I’m not kidding when I say that it has been MONTHS since I’ve been to work on time. No one at my office cares too much, but it makes me feel really awful and because my morning feels chaotic, the whole rest of my day feels chaotic.



What: Finish moving my books over.

How:   Schedule it on the family calendar for when my husband is home, and figure out how many books I would need to move per day to be done by the end of the month (ex: five books per day to be done by Nov 30th).

Why:   It’s been almost two months since we’ve moved into our own place, and I still haven’t moved all of my books over. In my defense, I have A LOT of books, and it’s a time-consuming process, but still.


So those are my goals for the month, and throughout November I’ll post progress reports to keep everyone updated on how I’m doing with each one. Do you have any specific goals for November? Let me know what they are and how you plan on tackling them!

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