Goal setting while raising very young children

I’m a big fan of goal setting and scheduling my time – like many other scholars. However, I’m struggling with planning my time and meeting my goals while we are raising our young family. My wife and I have a 2.5-year-old and an 8-month old and, well, let’s just say they are not as committed our schedule and goals as we are. 🙂

Their needs and temperament can be quite unpredictable at times – as we all know. And we are trying to be very intentional in our parenting and nurturing during these very formative years. We love being parents and feel this is the most important thing we do on any given day. And yet, we still have professional and financial goals we are trying to meet and don’t want to get sucked into the parenting vs meeting other goals trap.

I have been trying to implement the Monday Hour One methods and I’ve only had limited success so far. I work full-time in healthcare and we try to be minimalists to reduce the number of household chores and cleaning we have to do. We will create dedicated blocks of time in the evening after bedtime to work on our businesses but there are frequent interruptions due to our children’s needs. Bedtime is simply not that predictable and after several interruptions – we are often out of time, feel a little frustrated that we weren’t able to accomplish our goals, and exhausted. The pattern repeats almost daily.

So my question – how can we still use the Monday Hour One approach while trying to meet the unpredictable needs of our young children?