This is the ninth installment in my Goal Setting series. In this article we will demonstrate the model set forth in the first episode for Household Goals.
As a recap: You will recall that I am a firm believer in establishing goals across 8 unique facets of my life – Spiritual, Financial, Career, Personal Development, Physical, Family, Social, and Household. I name my approach after a 1998 Tom Wolfe novel, a Man in Full – because I like the imagery evoked by the title.
Like most men (and women), I believe my home is my castle. It is also the single largest investment we are likely to ever make. For that reason, we must have a plan for how we intend to maintain this investment, a.k.a. our domain.
While these examples borrow from my own goals, these are genericized for demonstration purposes.
Man in Full – Success personified in this category resembles:
· Maintained and Organized Home
· Home To-Do List Cleared
5 Year Goals – Over this timeframe I will make the following strides towards actualizing my vision
· Finished Basement
· Extended Deck
1 Year Goals – This year I will make the following strides towards success
· Address Home To Dos
· Itemize/Catalog Home Contents
· Reassess Insurance Policies to ensure proper coverages
1 Month Goals – Monthly activity schedules may resemble
· Inventory single rooms according to monthly schedule
· Work Home Maintenance Schedule
Today – I will do something today that bends my behavior towards my vision
· De-clutter a room
· Perform a maintenance activity
Just as Rome was not built in day and the longest journey begins with a single step, the power in this model is in how it causes us to consider our end product each day. In this way we do not simply arrive at our destination as much as we invent habits and patterns that over time reveal our vision through us.
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