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Goal Action Ideas for Business Goals

We're back today with the next edition of our Goal Guide series! We created this series to spotlight one of those topics at a time and create a bank of ideas for your Tending List! Now, when you want to make progress on your big picture goals this year, you can use our Goal Action Plan ideas for inspiration!

In doing some research for this post, I found that the average person spends approximately 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime. And we know many of you might actually be spending more than that since you're operating your own business. Whether you're just getting your feet wet in the entrepreneurial world or you're a seasoned veteran, we know it's important to maximize your time and make sure you spend it well.

This week's topic is one I'm particularly excited about, because I know there are so many of you who own your own your own business! We compiled our best goal action ideas for business owners below, and we hope it encourages you to continue to serve your business (and team, if applicable!) well. Looking for other like-minded business owners to celebrate your progress and use as a sounding board? Head over to our Business Owners Cultivating What Matters Facebook group and introduce yourself in the comments! We'd love to meet you there!

While some of these are broad, we hope they serve as inspiration for you and your particular business. Let us know if you add any of these to your Tending Lists this month!

Monthly Goals

  • Download and fill out PowerSheets Business Owners' Guide
  • Launch new course/offering
  • Attend two networking events
  • Rewrite copy on website
  • Set and meet income goals
  • Read one personal development book
  • Complete business course you purchased
  • Hire a business coach
  • Successfully launch email campaign
  • Purge office
  • Create and implement new system (Be specific here, and don't forget to document the process. This will come in handy when you bring on team members later!)
  • Hire new team member
  • Attend personal development conference . Our personal favorite is the Making Things Happen Conference:)
  • Outsource one area of your business
  • Organize Dropbox documents
  • Make an investment for your business (Here are 10 things Lara invested in for our business that have paid off!)
  • Create editorial calendar
  • Learn QuickBooks and set up a system for bookkeeping
  • Create Asana account (This is a favorite in our office!)

Weekly Goals

  • Write one blog post
  • Connect with a new person
  • Reconcile finances
  • Send email newsletter
  • Plan for the week ahead (Do this on a Friday!)
  • Visit PO Box
  • Watch one module of business development course
  • Simplify or systemize an area of your business
  • Spend 30 minutes organizing and backing up files

Daily Goals

  • Inbox zero (Need some help? Our friend Nancy shares her best Email Ninja tips!)
  • Silence/Meditation
  • Breathe fresh air
  • Pray over your business
  • Post on Instagram
  • Eat lunch away from your desk
  • Engage on social media
  • Process orders
  • Clean your desk
  • Connect with team members
  • Charge your computer mouse and keyboard (This sounds silly, but there's nothing worse than being ready to work and having a dead mouse!)

These are just a few suggestions for items to add to your PowerSheets Tending List each month to make progress on your business  goals for the year!

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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Goal Action Ideas for Relationship Goals

If we rounded up all the goals set by all the PowerSheets users, I'd venture to guess that cultivating stronger relationships, and specifically stronger relationships with our significant others, would be in the top three. It comes back to that question Lara so wisely steers us toward again and again: where do you want to be when you're 80? Who do you want to be? Who do you want beside you?

Today we're continuing our Goal Action Ideas series with a Relationships edition, supplying you with a bank of ideas for your Tending Lists on that topic. Like all overwhelming things, cultivating a stronger, more joyful marriage or dating relationship is done through embracing little by little progress, and digging in even when things seem messy. I'd love to hear YOUR ideas, so please drop them in the comments!

P.S. We know not everyone is in a relationship right now (and some who aren't might really want to be!). We see you. Happily, many of these goals work for non-romantic relationships, too!

Monthly:

  • Brainstorm TV-free activities to do together
  • Research marriage counseling (not just for "rocky marriages" -- listen to our friend Katelyn!)
  • Get out of the house for a date night
  • Read the same book or article and discuss it together (doesn't have to be marriage-related!)
  • Work through our Goal Guide for Couples
  • Order a yearly photo album or a wedding album, if you haven't done it yet (oops!)
  • Review your finances and set a goal to work toward together
  • Have another couple over for dinner (watching how other couples interact can be so inspiring!)
  • Write out your wedding and marriage story
  • Read one new-to-you book on marriage
  • Create a family mission statement (our goal guide can help you with that!)
  • Look ahead and make a plan for your anniversary
  • Print favorite photos from your life together and display them in your home
  • Write your wills

Weekly:

  • Ask "what's one way I can help you this week?"
  • Set aside one night for an at-home date night
  • Consult your calendars together and make a plan for the week
  • Get outside and do something active together

Daily:

  • Connect phone-free on a walk
  • Pray with each other
  • Sit down for a meal together
  • Laugh!
  • Show gratitude to each other
  • Pray for each other
  • Act on each other's love language

These are just a few suggestions for items to add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your relationship goals for the year!

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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Goal Action Ideas for Parenting Goals

We're back today with the next edition of our Goal Guide series! Many of us are striving toward the same things: deeper relationships, a growing faith, and a healthy lifestyle, to name a few. We created this series to spotlight one of those topics at a time and create a bank of ideas for your Tending List! Now, when you want to make progress on your fitness, faith, or nutrition goals, for instance, you can use these posts for inspiration!

This week's topic is parenting! I'm very new to this (10 weeks to be exact), but being the best mama I can be shot right to the top of my PowerSheets priorities the moment I found out I was expecting. As moms, we want to be more present, patient, and nurturing with our children. One thing that helps me make imperfect progress? Coming up with meaningful and practical ways I can love on my baby well. Thankfully I got some help from the Moms Cultivating What Matters with PowerSheets Facebook group. Veteran mamas, please share your ideas in the comments below as well!

Monthly Goals 

  • Read one new-to-you parenting book (We love the idea of inviting your husband to join you for this goal!)
  • Tackle an age-appropriate milestone goal such as sleep training, solid foods, weaning, or potty training
  • Do a seasonal craft, outing, or activity
  • Create a family mission statement
  • Get up-to-date in each child's baby book or scrapbook
  • Plan a family trip
  • Get involved in children's school activities
  • Join a moms' group or play group
  • Learn 2-3 new age-appropriate games
  • Create a chore chart or family values chart to track progress
  • Work through the Parents Goal Companion Guide
  • Pick a topic to learn about and check out several books on that topic from the library
  • Take an infant or child CPR class
  • Frame and hang photos of and artwork by your children

Weekly Goals

  • Have 3-5 sit-down family dinners together
  • Attend church and discuss what you learned
  • Write a letter, email, or diary entry to children to read when they're older
  • Take child to 1-2 activities such as play group, story time, or music class
  • Plan a special one-on-one date for each child
  • Call a mom friend to seek advice
  • Host a play date for each of your children to invite friends over
  • Memorize a weekly Bible verse together
  • Teach your child to cook a new dish with you
  • FaceTime a faraway family member
  • Make artwork together (Don't stress about making a mess!)

Daily Goals

  • Spend an hour of uninterrupted technology-free time with each child
  • Pray for and with each child
  • Read 2-3 books before bedtime
  • Keep your phone in another room during play time or conversations
  • Pack homemade lunch for each child (Adding an encouraging note while you're at it!)
  • Laugh together!
  • Talk about ways your children modeled your family values
  • Show gratitude for good behavior
  • Ask each child to list five things they are grateful for from the day
  • Get outside and active together: ride bikes or take an afternoon walk and talk about what you see
  • Practice patience: respond with grace and say yes whenever possible
  • Tell your children how much you love them!

These are just a few suggestions for items to add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your parenting goals for the year!

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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Goal Action Ideas for Nutrition Goals

We recognize that sometimes you know where you want to end up, but it's still hard to come up with the specific steps that will help to get you there! We're always looking for ways to encourage you on your PowerSheets journeys, so we've identified some broad categories of goals that are popular in the PowerSheets community and brainstormed a list of potential monthly, weekly, and daily goals to help you get the creative juices flowing. Today, we're back with a continuation of our goal guide series!

This is the natural companion to our first fitness goal guide: nutrition goals! I find that planning and checking off work-outs is often a bit more accessible than finding effective ways to improve my diet. In fact, meal planning may take a bit more forethought. But with these ideas and some of your own, we know you can make little by little progress on your nutrition goals!

Monthly Goals

  • Read one book on nutrition
  • Plan a dinner with a friend at a healthy restaurant
  • Purchase a recipe binder or box
  • Buy a few new kitchen appliances or tools to help you make healthy recipes
  • Clean out the refrigerator (especially sauces and dressings that live in the door!)
  • Devise a nutrition plan for what and how you want to eat
  • Try a meal delivery service (like Hello Fresh or Blue Apron)
  • Ask a friend to start eating healthier with you and to hold you accountable
  • Watch a health documentary
  • Compile list of healthy recipes
  • Make a bank of your favorite healthy recipes as a go-to meal-planning library
  • Download Plant Nanny to track water consumption
  • Clean out pantry and purge unhealthy or expired snacks
  • Invite friends over for supper at your place to ensure a healthy meal will be served and to practice your cooking skills
  • Eliminate caffeine

Weekly Goals

  • Meal plan for the week. Here are our best meal-planning tips!
  • Go grocery shopping for the full week ahead
  • Meal prep for the week ahead
  • Cook one plant-based dinner
  • Create containers of easy-to-grab washed and cut produce to snack on throughout the week

Daily Goals

  • Drink and record eight glasses of water
  • Start the day with a healthy breakfast
  • Make or reheat a homemade lunch and dinner
  • Make coffee before leaving for work
  • Eat slowly, away from your desk
  • Pack a snack so you aren't tempted by fast food or Starbucks trips

These are just a few suggestions of tangible goals you can add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your nutrition goals for the year! If you're enjoying this series, be sure to visit our Fitness and Faith goal guides.

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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Goal Action Ideas for Cultivating Faith

If you've been in the Cultivate family for long, you know that the heart behind everything we do is rooted in equipping and encouraging you to cultivate what matters in your life. We also know that when it comes to setting goals that work for your lifestyle, everyone is different, and sometimes you need a little inspiration when it comes to filling out your monthly PowerSheets Tending List.

We started a new series earlier this month to begin sharing a collection of monthly, weekly, and daily goals that align with larger themes we see in our PowerSheets community. Our hope is that you use these guides as resources when you're looking to make progress on one of your goals and need some inspiration to fill out the lines of your Tending List. Remember, these are simply suggestions to help get your wheels turning, and we welcome any additional suggestions in the comments!

Next up, goals to help you cultivate your faith! Whether you're new to this faith thing or you've been at it for years, the list below will give you some ideas for your Tending List if you're looking to cultivate a fresh faith.

Monthly Goals

  • Choose and purchase a Bible
  • Join a church
  • Find an accountability buddy
  • Create a faith playlist
  • Choose a Bible reading plan
  • Join a volunteer team at church
  • Memorize a passage of Scripture
  • Order a prayer journal
  • Join a small group
  • Order a Write the Word journal
  • Read a book that grows your faith
  • Download First5 App
  • Choose a SheReadsTruth study
  • Fill in prayer journal
  • Invite coworker to church

Weekly Goals

  • Attend service
  • Write the Word*
  • Attend small group
  • Serve at church
  • Tithe
  • Sabbath rest
  • Be generous

Daily Goals

  • Pray before reaching for phone
  • Read the Bible
  • Write the Word*
  • Pray with spouse
  • Memorize Scripture
  • Write in gratitude journal
  • Love someone

*Did you notice that some of these goals can be weekly or daily goals? That's the great thing about our goal guides; we give you ideas, and you decide where they fit into your Tending List. It might change each month, too!

These are just a few suggestions of tangible goals you can add to your Tending List each month to make progress on your faith goals for the year.

We'd love to hear from you: what else would you add to this list?

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