Q1/January Goals

January 6, 2024

My own goals!

I’ve been leading many planning sessions for others, but (duh) I can’t do my own planning during those sessions! I admittedly migrated “create Q1 goals list” twice — I had it on the list for Thursday and then Friday.

Today I took advantage of gymnastics class to get it done.

(Note: this lovely 10-11:25 gymnastics slot is about to get disrupted because G is trying soccer — I will miss it! Though I will probably still get to come sometimes with A because Josh is an assistant soccer coach so he will be in charge of that. What happens when C has a game at the same time in another location? We are in trouble. But we will figure it out. And at least at this point, we know all of his teammates’ parents so carpooling is an option).

ANYWAY! I got to make my lists in peace — of course on G’s last Saturday session for a while she finally made it the entire time without 3 bathroom breaks and popping out to show me a microscopic scrape on her arm or something.

She may be back, though. Depends on how soccer goes . . .


(The media listed below the green line are IDEAS not goals or definite things I plan to watch etc!)

Trying to be realistic – Josh has 1.5 call weekends and I have 1 so our time for ‘extra stuff’ is a bit limited, but I still think it will be a nice month.

The most challenging items on there are probably decluttering G/C’s rooms and having an estate planning meeting (even if it’s 10 minutes with Josh discussing next steps, it counts). I hope to report back!

All pages shown are from Cloth + Paper (I am using their half-letter disc bound as a goals notebook this year!)

Still do to, planning-wise:

  • Q1 reading list (including updating my reading page!)


  • Reply Coree January 6, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    Ooh that’s a lovely planner set up. I bought a spanish disc bound notebook and really like being about to discard the extraneous notes once I’ve used them.

    Is there a service that will come to your house on a Saturday afternoon and do everything?

    Could you take yourselves out to lunch and tackle the estate planning? Anything to take some of the pain away? You’ll feel so much better once it’s done. We had to have the awkward “will you take our kid if we die?” conversations and it was tough but I felt better once it was all sorted.

  • Reply Jami H January 6, 2024 at 12:31 pm

    I was thinking about your decluttering goals and wanted to share one of mine… use it up. This works for bath/beauty products and pantry/freezer. I’ll basically just comment to using up partially used items before buying something new. It’s a not a “clean sweep” but it takes no time and eventually there is less stuff. It also saves money for the time.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 6, 2024 at 1:03 pm

      I am definitely currently doing some of this w beauty products and yess I do really want to cook / eat through our freezer! Our pantry is not too badly overloaded. it helps to delay shoppkg when there is still stuff here that may not be everyone’s fave but is edible

  • Reply Omdg January 6, 2024 at 1:34 pm

    I really want to get two manuscripts submitted this month. One should happen for sure. The second may be a bit of a stretch.

    I also want to get my two prospective data collection projects nailed down a bit better operationally than they currently are.

    Clinical work is a nice diversion.

    Personally, I want to get back on the exercise wagon, protect my sleep, and orchestrate a fabulous 12th birthday party for Dylan.

    I also want to use reading (articles AND books) or writing instead of social media to fill blank spaces in time. Will see how that one goes.

    Just got back from vacation and it accomplished its task of renewing my interest in my academic work, so hopefully that lasts more than 48h.

  • Reply Alyce January 6, 2024 at 2:52 pm

    Ahh, I’d been debating for the last two weeks about doing your planning by season course. My goal setting/achievement last year was just atrocious and I thought the accountability would help (in the same way that having a nutritionist and a personal trainer has been helping in those areas). But we have so many house projects underway that I just couldn’t swing it. YNAB tells me all my money is accounted for, and I believe them because getting back on track with proactively budgeting is one of my goals this year.

    But I happened to wake up earlier than everyone today and for some reason thought to write out my January goals, pulled from my annual goals. And then even managed to check off a couple of the items today. It felt really good.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 6, 2024 at 5:00 pm

      Feel free to post here every season and I will cheer you on, with or without the course!!!

  • Reply Jenny January 6, 2024 at 2:53 pm

    Okay, this is the reminder I needed. I’ve decided to set monthly as opposed to yearly goals this year, but I haven’t officially set any goals for January yet (other than ideas floating around in my brain.). It’s the 6th- I must get moving on this!
    Your goals are all good- I’ll probably be a little less detailed. Or maybe you’ve inspired me and I’ll go all in. I’m going to do it this weekend.

  • Reply San January 6, 2024 at 4:26 pm

    I love your neat handwriting. I write a lot bigger and it takes up a lot of space in my planner LOL

  • Reply Lisa’s Yarns January 6, 2024 at 4:55 pm

    Could you combine the estate planning with one of your dates? It wouldn’t take up much of the time I think and you’d be more likely to do it when you have dedicated time away from the kids? Our estate planning process was so straight forward and didn’t take much time. Our attorney sent us a big questionaire and then he made recommendations based on our answers/net assets. We exchanged some emails and met in person once to sign everything and that was it! We did it right before Paul was born as I felt strongly about having something in place before his birth or I wasn’t sure when it might happen and then we just had to amend it after taco was born to add him and change the legal guardians. Phil and I are so pragmatic though so the decisions we had to make weren’t very hard. I think being hard core Ts from the myers briggs framework helps with tasks like these. 😉

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 6, 2024 at 6:05 pm

      100% could do that! on a dinner or lunch date.

  • Reply Cheryll Hays January 7, 2024 at 7:43 pm

    We watched The Holdovers last night and it was soooo good!

  • Reply Sarah January 8, 2024 at 7:36 am

    We had to ease out of weekend classes when competition really picked up for our club sport kids, and I do miss the respite/rhythm of watching a class and getting my own stuff done. Also— I love that Josh is a coach— never too busy to participate in kiddie activities over here either.

  • Reply Alyssa January 11, 2024 at 1:43 pm

    Cloth + Paper products are soo pretty!! I’m sorting out my 2024 goals and reading through your recent posts for inspiration. Thank you!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 11, 2024 at 3:31 pm

      They ARE!! And the pens I have gotten from them are awesome and the paper is *chef’s kiss*

  • Reply Lori C January 26, 2024 at 7:04 pm

    Sarah are you using the cloth and paper disc bound instead of an accessory notebook? Do you do any goals elsewhere like in Erin Condren or Power sheets?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 26, 2024 at 7:15 pm

      Yep just cloth and paper with a copy in Apple notes! No other accessory notebook currently!

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