This post contains affiliate links. I think I should have titled this post: The One in Which I Realize I Can’t Do It All.  I now clearly see that even with these scaled back goals, I will not achieve them all.  I once heard that homeschool moms can do two of three things well–cook, clean, educate.  They can’t do all three.  That is true in my experience.  Now that I’ve thrown in working 25 hours a week, I find there’s even less I can do.  Over the next two weeks before 2024, I plan to reread Atomic Habits and also make a list of the most important ways I want to spend my time in 2024.   That will help me (hopefully) come up with realistic goals for 2024.  However, I know myself too well; even if I *think* the goals are realistic, they’ll likely be a stretch considering my time constraints.  Here’s how I did on my goals this week:

My Goals for the Remainder of 2023:

Health Goals

Woman on the beach doing yoga as the sun begins to rise
Photo by kike vega on Unsplash

Take 750,000 Steps: 71.4% Accomplished

I walked 43,690 steps this week for a total of 535,682 steps. I walked less this week because I was trying to catch up on work.

Have 22 Weight Lifting Sessions: 13.6% Accomplished

I had 0 weight lifting session this week. I have had 3 weight lifting sessions total so far.

Have 22 Yoga Sessions: 18% Accomplished

I had 0 yoga session this week.  So far, I’ve had four yoga session total.

Follow a Low Fodmap Diet to Treat SIBO for the next 4 to 6 weeks: 0% Accomplished

I did this about half the week this week.  Following a specialized SIBO diet requires a lot of time to cook.  I did cook three meals in advance, but after we ate those, I had a hard time sticking to the diet the rest of the week.  Plus, holiday treats are getting in my way.

Make an Appointment with a Heart Doctor: 0% Accomplished

I had my last heart doctor appointment in Arizona 18 months ago.  I’m going in for a physical next week, so I’ll ask the doctor for recommendations and hopefully get this goal done by the end of the year.

Work Goals

A table with a mug of coffee and a computer opened to a Zoom meeting
Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

Create a Work Routine

Making progress, but I still don’t have a work routine I love.  So much work to do on this.  I’m hoping to get this ironed out in 2024.

Get 4 Posts Ahead for Work: 0% Accomplished

And, I used the post I had written in advance, so I’m back to being no posts ahead.

Get 4 posts Ahead in My Blog: 50% Accomplished

I am two posts ahead, but I need to proof read them and finalize them so they’re ready to go when I’m too busy.  Progress!


Woman holding open a book reading with sun beams coming through the window
Photo by Blaz Photo on Unsplash

Read 2 Books: 100% Accomplished!

Cover of Holly by Stephen King

I have finished both Stephen King’s new book, Holly and Jill Duggar’s Counting the Cost.  I have completed this goal.  I’ve tried reading In the Pines: A Lynching, A Lie, a Reckoning, but I’m not getting very far.  On our trip to Michigan, I started listening to Remarkably Bright Creatures (which I’m loving!) and am about 25% done with that one.

Study Japanese for 1,500 Minutes: 9.6% Accomplished

I didn’t study Japanese this week. So far, I have a grand total of 144 minutes over the last nine weeks. 

Final Thoughts

I’m curious–when you set goals, do you set them yearly, monthly, or weekly?

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