"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." – Aristotle

Today is Monday, February 24th, and this is week #8 of 52 Mondays w/ Sherea VeJauan. Our goal is to break this year down – one Monday at a time. Today, I want to encourage you to establish new habits to help you reach your goals.

If you want to change your life, you have to change your habits. With your already hectic schedule, accomplishing your future goals can be challenging. I believe that goals should be broken down into small routines that are achievable—one step at a time, one day at a time—by adding them to your daily schedule.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know that I am the Queen of Routines. I post regularly about the routines that I have incorporated into my life, which helps me accomplish my goals. Routines like Meatless Monday, Water Wednesday, Thankful Thursday, Fitness Friday, and many others. Think about the goals you want to achieve for the year, and then get creative and start incorporating them into your daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly routine.

You will have space to do this in each chapter of your 2020 Goals journal. I’ve also listed a few examples to give you a jump-start.

Sample Goal Routines To Use as a Guide

Marriage Monday (Relationship Goals): Monday always seems to be rough for most people. And, well, marriage seems to be just as rough. As for me, I love both! If you are married, use this day to connect with your spouse. Have breakfast together, watch a movie, or just enjoy a cup of coffee.

Meatless Monday (Health Goals): A simple, weekly reminder to take saturated fat off our plates and replace it with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Everyone can commit to a healthy start on Monday, with the intention of making smarter choices throughout the week.

Money Monday (Finance Goals): “Money Monday” is the day I set aside at least 2 hours to look at my money, my bills, and my budget. I wish that the experience was as good as it sounds. I usually work on my food budget, my bills, and my massive debt. I also work on my business accounting, client billing, reimbursements, and more.

Take a Break Tuesday (Fun Goals): Nothing results in burnout faster than pushing yourself too hard, too often, for too long! Sometimes we feel unmotivated simply because our bodies and minds are telling us “enough is enough!” Assess whether you need to motivate yourself, or if you simply need some downtime to recharge. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil too often lately, take some time off. Even a few hours of relaxation and fun will renew your motivation. Use Tuesdays to take a break.

Text Tuesday (Relationship Goals): Text ten people you haven’t spoken to in a while. See how they are doing. See if you can help them, pray for them, or put in a good word for them to somebody.

Water Wednesday (Health Goals): Dehydration can result in fatigue and mental fogginess, which can hinder your motivation. Before doing extensive mental or physical work, try drinking a glass of ice-cold water. This will help to keep you replenished. Continue to drink plenty of water throughout the day. One glass won’t be enough to keep you hydrated. Water Wednesday is a day to concentrate on drinking water only. With this routine you can at least expect hydrating well once a week.

Workout Wednesday (Health Goals): Because of so many challenges involved with working out, the best way to go is to start simple. Designate at least ten to thirty minutes for lightweight exercises that will strengthen you to do more. Try walking around the block or in your backyard. There are many exercises that can be done without equipment, such as stretching, jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. This will help you to develop a routine for working out.

I hope the examples above have helped you get the idea!
Remember them when you plan your week and set your goals. 

 Here’s our 52-week Monday Plan: Do, Plan, Journal, and Read

  • Do: Establish New Habits to Help You Reach Your Goals
  • Plan: Using your 52 Mondays Weekly Goal Focus Worksheet, write out your goals for this week.
  • Journal: Using your 2020 Goals Journal, continue to work on your relationship goals 
  • Read: Spend at least 30 minutes reading the recommended book of the month.

Sheréa VéJauan

 author of  the 2020 Goals Journal, as well as several other books and journals. Sheréa resides in Southern California, devoted wife of twenty-eight years to her husband Brian, and mother to their three children, Reginald, Jasmyn and Kennedy. Visit her  at https://shereavejauan.com/  

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Understand your own motivations through self-reflection and evaluation as you learn to set achievable goals. Begin with creating a vision for what you’d like to see your life include spiritually, financially, and socially, at work, in your community, and at home. 

Then learn how to set milestones and take action! Focus on and maintain your ideal balanced life.