Well, it’s that time of year again. That dastardly beginning when all, umm, some, umm, a few of us set goals for the coming year. I asked my husband, who is not a goal-setter, what his goal for 2019 was. It happened to be on his end-of-December birthday that I asked. He said “to make it to my next birthday.”
Sounds good to me. My goals tend to be more complicated. I’m a list-maker. I get that trait from my mother. And I’ve yet to meet a list-maker who doesn’t set goals at least annually.
Me, I set annual, weekly, and daily goals. Does that sound like a lot? Well, it kind of is. And maybe, at that daily level, it’s really just a to-do list. And I don’t always get everything done. What does happen, though, is that I get more done than I would if I were just winging it. That list keeps me grounded and moving. And it helps my anxiety. I don’t worry as much about forgetting something. Lol.
So yes. I have goals for 2019.
- I’d like to lose more weight.
- I hope to publish five stories this year.
- I plan to get out of the house more this year. (Though how I’m going to do that and still publish five stories is a bit of a mystery.)
- And I want to enjoy my family more this year.
Those are fairly vague, but that’s how I start my list and that’s what I post near my computer. Next, I drill down to specifics.
- How many days a week will I go to the gym?
- How many words do I have to write a day, or pages need edited each day?
- What trips can we take?
- And how can I include family in more of my activities, or be a bigger part of theirs?
From there, it’s the daily list. I only do a week at a time, and one of the things I’ve had to learn the hard way is that life gets in the way. A lot. 🙂 I have to be able to roll with it, and I’m working on that. But, daily lists help me complete those projects I tend to procrastinate on. Eventually, I get tired of bumping them to the next day, and the next, and the next. So I finish them to get them off my list. Lol.
Whether you’re a list-maker or not, or a goal-setter or not, I hope you had a safe and enjoyable entrance to this new year of possibilities. And I wish you a year filled with happiness and laughter.