August 15, 2013 - Back to School Back to Pretty, Better You

Back to School, Back to Pretty | Goal Setting

Back to Pretty Our family doesn’t do New Year’s resolutions but instead we do Back to School goals.  For some reason, I just feel more motivated at this time of the year.  Maybe it’s the leisurely pace of summer that leads to the craving of getting back into a routine.  Or it could be the fall weather that gives me more energy and enthusiasm.  Whatever it is, I know that I’m way more successful with achieving goals in the fall.

Goal Setting Our kids also set goals for the school year.  A few weeks before school starts, we have a family meeting.  I hand out slips of paper to the kids and ask each of them to write down three goals for the school year – one related to academics, one for sports or activities and one of their choice.

Here’s what our middle daughter’s looked like last year.


1.  Get all A’s all year.


2.  Get all of my level 6 skills before gymnastics competition season.

Free Choice

3.  Make new friends.

At mid-year, over Christmas break, we have a check-in to revisit their goals.  The kids then have the option of adding more goals or changing existing ones, especially if they’ve already accomplished them.


At the same time, I start working on my list of goals.  I try to focus on key areas in my life – Organization, Fitness, Fashion/Beauty, Food and Family Time.  Each category gets a manageable amount of goals, usually 1-3.  Here’s what my goal list might look like:


1.  Clean out the pantry and buy new baskets/organizers.

2.  Transition closet over to fall clothes.


1.  Walk the dog in the morning at least four days a week.

2.  Sign up for a new yoga class, two days a week.


1.  Find new crock pot recipes to try.


1.  Create a fall shopping list of needs/wants.


1.  Add low lights to hair.

2.  Try berry lip and nail colors.

Family Time

1.  Come up with a list of activities for family fun night.

I try to keep my list manageable so I don’t feel overwhelmed by it.  It’s also full of things that I love and enjoy, it’s not meant to be something that I dread.  At mid-year, I also do a check-in and add/remove items as needed.

It’s Your Turn:  What goals do you have for the coming school year?  Try to carve out 15 to 30 minutes today to write them down.

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  • I totally agree with you! September 1 seems like a more natural beginning of the year to me than January 1. I love that you start off with resolutions in the fall. Such a fun idea!

  • Sitting here writing this comment this morning before heading off to my first day back to school…
    So, here’s my goal: SURVIVE. I don’t know how I’m going to get it all done?!? 🙂

  • I like the idea of setting goals instead of resolutions. Usually New Year’s resolutions end up disappointing if you don’t do them. I do a short term and long term goal chart for myself at home. It helps me stay organized and on task throughout the year. I am still waiting to get the garage cleaned though, lol!

  • This is a great idea! I work in the schools so I like how I can begin new habits with the new school year.

  • Saxon

    I have always said my year begins in the Fall instead of January 1 (probably because of the school year starting then). I too have more energy and drive to get things done in the Fall. The weather is still nice, and there is still plenty of sunlight to keep my mood up. The dark days of January aren’t a time when I feel motivated at all! lol

  • That’s a great idea, making lists now instead of on New Year’s! I’m always inspired this time of the year, so maybe putting things on a piece of paper would make these dreams into goals 🙂

  • Great idea Alison! I think we may join you in this adventure! Susan

  • Elonda

    This is a great idea! I would love suggestions for berry lip and nail colors.

  • what great ideas and goals, I like this much better than a new year’s resolution

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  • Goal-setting must be in the air! I had a new employee meeting this morning where we all had to learn about writing our goals for the year. I definitely think your goals sound a lot more fun! 😉 That’s a neat idea to have your kids write down goals before each new school year!

  • That’s a really good parenting idea to actually sit down and go through those actions with your kids by setting the example and showing them that you’re accountable to your goals too. Kudos!

    I usually find that I’m more motivated for goal setting at this time of year as well (NY resolutions are more like wishes hehe… I’m still on holidays!). Last week I sat down to go over some goals I’d like to accomplish and am feeling pretty encouraged to tackle them! I’ll be following along as you show off some of yours on the blog 🙂

  • I love this idea and would introduce it to my family. I am curious to see what my daughters free choice goal would be. Congrats on the book, that’s a huge accomplish, haha you’re now a published author.

  • This is a great idea! I like how you included fun fashion/beauty goals in your list too!

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