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Setting Goals for July 2020

Monthly goals keep me focused! Have you set goals for July 2020? Late is better than never! Learn a simple method for setting focused goals each month.

setting monthly goals - July 2020 edition

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How to Set Focused Monthly Goals

Every year I pick a word of the year – I even have a handy Word of the Year Generator for ideas! CONNECT was my word 2020 word of the year, and when I set monthly goals that’s where I start. Then I like to create mindfulness goals, gratitude goals, and education goals for each month.

Once focused goals are set, you need to make a plan to create some accountability for yourself! I record them here, because I find that having a public record motivates me to achieve my goals. I also write them out in my planner. At the end of the month I report back here and set my goals for the new month. I’m not usually five days late, but better late than never!

How did June 2020 Goals Work Out?

June started off with my grandma passing away. It was her time to go, but I was devastated to have to miss the funeral since it doesn’t feel safe right now to travel across the country, especially for someone like me with one kidney. Spending time in nature offered the most comfort to me as I worked through my grief over losing a loved one and missing their goodbye.

My June goals were pretty end-of-school years focused, particularly since I was dealing with canceled graduations for Lily (5th grade) and Emma (8th grade). We wound up having a mini party for both girls at home.

I also had my own students to say goodbye to virtually. As a teacher, I hated not being able to say goodbye in person, so I wrote my students a song. It helped, but I still feel sad that we couldn’t say goodbye face to face.

I did get taxes filed, and even some sewing done!

I was lucky enough to test sew Ann Treacy’s new Antonia dress. It’s a fun, quick sew that I’m sure I’ll make again.

Would you like to sew this dress yourself? Ann is offering my readers 20% off with the coupon code ANTONIADRESS20MK. The code does not expire!

Other goals, let’s see…

I did check in with friends and family. Photo editing got shoved aside way too often; I need to do better with that in July. I made good progress decluttering, and Mike and I celebrated 19 years of marriage!

Setting Goals for July 2020

July 2020 goals

This July, I hope to:

  • Continue running the at-home summer camp that my kids are enjoying. Focus area: education
  • Figure out school plans for the fall. I will most likely homeschool the two younger girls. I’m not sure what the best option is for my two older kids. They miss their friends fiercely, but word on the street is that our local public school will be entirely online this fall anyway. So we need more details to make an educated decision. Focus area: education
  • Edit photos! I need to do better with this this month than I did last month. Focus area: gratitude
  • Keep sewing. I loved designing and sewing this felt toy space shuttle at the start of the month. I have a few more projects I hope to complete. Focus area: education
  • Celebrate Emma’s birthday – 5 months late. Because our original plans got canceled thanks to covid-19 and I want to do something fun for her. Focus area: gratitude
  • Help the kids design and put together costumes for the Comic Con they decided to hold here at home since we can’t go on our usual summer road trip. Anna already made some amazing Luna Lovegood glasses! Focus area: education
  • Continue to swim when I can and enjoy neighborhood walks. Focus area: mindfulness

What are your goals for July 2020?

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MaryAnne is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

2 thoughts on “Setting Goals for July 2020”

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. The virtual graduations have been tough. I hope everyone is doing well in your family!

    1. My grandma, which is infinitely easier than my mom, at least. We are all doing well – we’re very lucky that we both have stable jobs; Mike just got tenure so we are set here!

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