How do you keep track of your goals? I have an idea I came up with several years ago. It came about when I set my goals and I forgot about several goals because I had written them down and then forgot to refer back to them due to a busy job I had at the time. Life just had gotten so busy and I was not working from home every day so I forgot about them.
Well, I didn’t want that to happen anymore! I came up with a Goals Board solution! I love it. You can do it in any size large or small. You can write them on the glass or you can print them out. It is up to you. I choose to print them in an 8 x 10 frame and I write them on a larger 30 x 30 picture putting the goals I’m working on that month.
I just scouted my local thrift stores and the local Goodwill and found a lot of really nice picture frames that I was able to update and use in my kitchen and office as my Goals Boards. It is so simple to do and will only take a few minutes to do. If you want to get creative with the frame you can and paint and decorate it any way you choose.
I had found a beautiful old wooden frame so I just left it the way it was and I just use Old English on it every couple of weeks.
You don’t have to use it as a goals board you can use it for your chore chart, or for an information center for your family. I actually have used mine for a message board as well. I have since created a message board out of a pretty frame. To hang right by the door so everyone can see it. It has it’s own dry erase marker so they don’t have to hunt for a marker.
a picture frame you like
a sheet of pretty paper, wrapping paper or poster board the size of your frame
brightly colored set of dry erase markers
a nice bowl to put your markers in
Cut the piece of paper or poster to fit inside your frame. I change my paper with the seasons. sometimes I find wrapping paper I like and use that.
Hang your goals picture frame and you’re done.
Thats all there is to it. It is an easy to do project that will give you somewhere to post the important things you don’t want to forget or the doctor’s appointment you can’t miss.
When you create your Goals Frame or Message Frame be sure to post a photo in the comments I would love to see how you decorated your frame.
Here is my finished Family Board and two of my Goals boards in my study. We all love it and have somewhere to put important notes, chores, and things we need to remember.
If you make a family or goal board be sure to share it with me I would love to share it on the blog with others and I will share it with my readers on my Facebook page.
Here is what I am doing right now.
There you have an idea of what I have planned for the month. I have been so busy over the past few months that lots of things have collected in our house and they need to go to new homes. I love it when things are in place and neatly organized.
If you have projects you are working on feel free to share them with me. I would love to see how others organize their spaces.
Have a happy day,
There is so much information on the web, in the news, your friends have advice, your parents are constantly telling you to do this and do that so you will have money when you retire. You have just started you life and you think you have all the time in the world to save for your retirement, anyway that’s so far away I have plenty of time to save for when I get old.
Why do I need to save my money? I see so many cool things I want to do, places I want to go I want to party, I just turned 21 and the world is mine to conquer! I don’t want to put my money in a 401(k) I don’t even understand what that really is. Why would I put my money there? I made my money and I want to spend it myself I don’t want any body telling me what to do with my money.
If you are a parent like me I know you have probably heard every one of these excuses why your son or daughter doesn’t want to prepare for their future and save their money. I know you have tried to even help your children live within a budget, I know I have. They learn in school from their peers that credit is a good thing and they can have anything they want right now! They don’t have to wait for anything, they haven’t yet learned the life lessons that the bills will come due at the first of every month. They see just the minimum they need to pay they don’t read further and see the high interest rate and the amount of years they will pay the minimum just to pay the debit off.
Then there are some of our children that are savers and they think about things differently they want to save their money for those big-ticket items and for them to retire when they’re in there 30’s . They want to travel and they understand they will have to work hard and save their money for the first part of their life so they can live the life they dream about in there late 30’s and onward into there 50’s and 60’s.
Now lets talk about what you should be doing if you are in your thirties or getting ready to turn thirty. You aren’t doomed if you have spent your money instead of saving it. You will be a little behind on having a 6 figure income when you retire. For that income in your 50’s and 60’s you have to start saving when you are in your teens. If you have done that, that is awesome! You are well on your way to a wonderful life when you are in your 40’s and older.
This post isn’t to nag you for spending your money I know it looks like it but it isn’t! I promise. This post is for those that need to have a place to start in getting their financial life in order so they can have more when they are older.
It’s a check list to make sure you are ready to take on life in your thirties. If you have a family I am sure you are well on your way to conquering a lot of the goals listed here.
There you have it. A game plan to work on if you are in your 20’s or a check list to see how you are doing in your 30’s. I have put together a Budget Binder just for you if you haven’t started using one yet. It has everything you need so you can start getting your financials together and on track. It helps you set goals and set a budget every month.
Have a Great day!
We buy things for a lot of reasons… we collect things for a lot more reasons.
But in reality you probably made a mistake in buying those things and it literally hurts your brain to come to terms with that fact.
When it comes to physical things, merely touching an item can cause you to become more emotionally attached to it.
When you introduce new items into your life, you immediately associate value with these items, making it hard for you to give them up in the future. This psychological connection to things is what leads to the accumulation of stuff.
Tons of dishes in the sink, toys all over the house, stuff covering every flat surface; this clutter not only makes our homes look bad, it makes us feel bad, too. Clutter has a profound affect on our mood and self-esteem.
A link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in female home owners and a high density of household objects.The more stuff, the more stress women feel. Men, on the other hand, don’t seem to bothered by clutter. More tension develops when you have a tidy wife and a messy husband. Women associate a tidy home with a happy and successful family. Dishes piled up in the sink, lots of clothes piled up in the laundry room makes women feel anxious.
Families that try to reduce clutter often are emotionally paralyzed when it comes to throwing away objects. They have sentimental attachment to an item or they feel they need to keep it incase they will need it one day.
A study performed at Princeton University found that clutter really does affect us. Here is a short article on their findings.
Professional organizers who are called to cluttered homes and offices say their clients use the same words, over and over, to describe their reaction to the mess: their energy is drained, they can’t find things, and it’s beginning to interfere with crucial parts of life — such as getting to work on time or navigating staircases.
Lots of people express that they are overwhelmed. They become nonfunctional and unproductive. They become desperate for answers.
Clutter is bad for your physical and mental health.
Having clutter in our homes is really becoming a problem for the normal American family with our limited time at home because of both parents working and with all the after school activities of the children there is little time to do more than load the dishwasher and load and dry the laundry. Time to clean is much less than what it used to be, and as a result things that normally get tossed tend to lay around then get thrown into a junk drawer or the closet down the hall or out in the garage. We don’t have time to clean out closets of clothes that are to big or small so they just stay in the closet until there is no more room then it gets sent to the treadmill or exercise bike in the corner where it stays.
I am just like you. I have had a treadmill full of things I kept saying I needed to take to the local thrift store but it was not a priority so it didn’t get done. There has to be a system to the stop the madness!! Well, I think I might have found it!
I started a series of post I was going to do back in January, boy did it take an abrupt halt! My reaction was,”Where do I start?” I sat and put together a list of things (I shared it with you here) I wanted to do in each room. I never expected life to happen, yea right!
I got off to a great start had the bathroom cabinets cleaned out in record time. I threw away two full large garbage bags of old, soap, old shampoos, old razors, empty bottles saved so I would remember to buy the product again, which I never did. It seemed like 50 brushes, old tooth brushes, old finger nail brushes. Around 50 nail polishes, I no longer use nail polish because of the chemicals in the polish that are bad for you. I’ll share in another blog post about the dangers of nail polish later. Oh, my daughters favorite, 1,000’s of dumped out Q-tips and pony tail holders. I saw why she never had a pony tail holder, they were hidden behind all the towels!
I’m starting my goal of cleaning things out of my house again, but this time I have a much better plan. A plan that can continue on working because it goes to the root of why the clutter is there in the first place. I’m not going it alone I am getting my family involved and we are all going to work on our game plan together.
If you are looking for a few ideas to help you with your home my friend Shelly has a great blog post with a list of ideas to help tame the clutter in your home. I am using a few of them myself be sure to check it out.