A Focus on Specifics: January Goals.
It’s January 1st and with that comes the usual onslaught of New Year’s Resolutions that will be dead before they even had a chance. I have been plugging away on my 101 Things List since January 1, 2008 (a whole two years? WOW!) and I have thus far accomplished a grand total of 27 items. Kind of disappointing, huh? I have a few that are multi-step (seeing 101 movies and eating at a new restaurant every month) that are certainly well on their way to being finished, and there are a few year-long goals that have no hope of being accomplished at this point. Whoops.
If I am to finish the majority of my 101 Things List, then I need to get cracking. Instead of creating a list of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m going to spur my mission to accomplish as many of these items as I can by taking what is left and creating month-by-month goals of what I think I can finish, or at least start, in any given month. The 101 Things List is designed to span more than two years in order to facilitate the changing seasons, finances, and other timely matters that may come up. This long-term vision for the 101 Things list makes it difficult to plan out too specifically when something is going to get done, but I definitely think it’s a good idea to plan out as much as you can ahead of time. Consider this a lesson learned for next time! Now that I am in my final year of my first list (the last day is September 28!), it’s time to go into overdrive.
I have written down several goals that I have for the month of January. At the end of the month, we will review what I set out to do and see what happened! Then, we’ll rinse and repeat.
1. Give blood.
2. Go to the gym 4 days a week, every week for this month (a week is Monday thru Sunday).
3. Eat vegetarian for one week.
4. Become a member at the New York Public Library.
5. Mail a sussy to someone. (A sussy is a surprise gift to someone for no particular reason).
Hopefully I’ll do well with these! I tried to combine a few one-time only items with a couple that will take a good portion of the month to accomplish. This way I won’t feel to overwhelmed with changes, and they are all action-oriented, time-driven goals as well.
What are your goals for this month? Or for 2010 in general?