Interpersonal Goals for 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Like I mentioned yesterday, my planner's goal's section is broken down into five categories. I really love that it's broken down like that, because it really made me stop and think about each category and things I would like to improve or change relating to the category. The second category is for "family, friends, & relationship goals", and I think it might be the most important. I spend a LOT of time feeling like I'm not doing enough for the people I care about, but I'm hoping to improve not only how I care for everyone, but also how I see how I care for them (because although I know that there is certainly a lot of room for improvement, when I'm not in a bad head space, I can see that I'm usually not as bad as I think I am).

This year, I want to:

Send More Snail Mail

This was actually something I intended to do LAST year, but it never actually happened. I want to remedy that this year. Everyone loves getting mail that's not bills, and I think it's a lovely way to connect with others on a more personal level in a world that's becoming increasingly more impersonal. I'd like to have the first round mailed out by the end of the month.

Create an Afternoon/Evening Routine for the Boys

I love my boys more than anything, but they often drive me insane. I think part of the problem is we don't really have a lot of structure at home, so eventually, chaos reigns supreme. I think my kids are the kind that really benefit from structure, so I think we would ALL benefit from creating more structure while we're at home. Plus, my kids watch entirely too much TV. I've given myself until the end of February to accomplish this, because I do have a lot of other things going on, and I want to give it proper consideration (plus a little time for trial and error probably wouldn't hurt!).

Have Couple Time with Tom at Least Once a Month

Notice I didn't say go out on a date. The list of people who can/will watch our children for a couple of hours say the least, so date nights out of the house are few and far between (I believe the last one was in May, when we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2). However, that doesn't mean we can't spend time together at home. We used to do movie nights together every so often, where we'd cuddle up on the couch with popcorn and no phones, but it's been awhile since that's happened. We spend a lot of time in the same room, but we're almost always doing different things, rather than spending time together. I'd like to, at least once a month, have a night where we focus on each other rather than Twitter and Disney Emoji Blitz. Since this a monthly goal, I need to complete part one before February.

Be More Present At Home

I do spend a lot of my time at home on some sort of device. I feel like a lot of us have fallen prey to that, but I don't like that it's happened to me (I used to tease Tom for being addicted to Twitter, but I feel like I'm just as bad lately with my Game of Thrones fanfiction and checking my favorite GOMI threads). I'm still deciding what parameters I want for this, but I have until the end of the month to figure it out.

I do have fairly close dates set to accomplish these particular milestones, but that's just because I think they're important to do sooner rather than later. I want to be a better wife, a better mother, a better friend, a better daughter, etc., and I think these goals can help me get there.

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