I tried to keep them small things this time.
- Read 7 books. Cut down the amount drastically, because I never reach the original reading goals I’ve set anyway.
- Clean out closet or my side of the room. One or the other, because I don’t think I can do both.
- Update resume. I think I need a letterhead.
- Make business card. Because it’s kind of embarrassing that I still don’t have one.
- Earn at least (privately disclosed amount). Steps toward my end-of-the-year goal.
- Figure out specifications for Codeword: White. Scary deadlines approaching!
- Finally sort out mail that’s going out. Because it’s just gross that I still haven’t.
- Retrieve cameras from repair shop.
- Watercolor once a week! So I can get better at it. I forced my dad to teach me, see.
- Write (an outline of) a short story. Just because I think I need to do it now, or else I might forget how to.
For real now. I think sometimes I forget that I am twenty-three, have been done with college for over two years, and am trying to carve out a decent life for myself. If I remembered that more often, maybe I would quit living like it’s summer vacation for me, too.
Anyway, fingers crossed. I’m going to get rid of all of these lazy bones and follow through this time.
February was absolutely horrible for this Goals project of mine. I don’t think I got anything done from that list. However, maybe it’s a sign that I need to revise and re-evaluate what my goal-making scheme is of late (which, to tell you the truth has been No Scheme).
Anyway, here’s what I’ve come up for March. I think, as much as I want to do eleven million things each month, I need to concentrate on just a few key priorities.
- Solid idea or concept for June show
— at least 3 pieces done
— PR and invite stuff done
- Read 7 books
- Learn a new recipe a week (0/4)
- Monitor expenses better (i.e. rigid, detailed accounting)
- Spring cleaning
- Write one short story
Anyway, I think I’m up for it this time.
I have successfully accomplished 4 out of 10 January Goals, which seems pretty pitiful, I guess.
Here are my February goals, with some of January’s goals carried over:
- Read 7 books
- Exercise 3 times a week
- Save 50% of paycheck
- Revive Maybe Very Happy
— Room (Spring Cleaning)
- Start working on an exhibit for June
- Do branding for shop
Work on online portfolio (Funnily enough, I did this in January)
— Design business cards. Print them.
- Get better at film photography
— Get the Nikon FM-2 fixed
I like doing monthly goals because I get to fine-tune my “progress” during the year. I know it’s kind of a dorky thing to do, but I like having a way to steer me towards the person I want to be. Or at least, some kind of accountability for my own goals.
This year, I have decided not to make any resolutions, partly because I don’t follow them anyway. Rather, I thought about what my 2011 had been and thought about what I had learned and experienced, and how I could make my 2012 better. So, instead, I have GOALS.
My head is a muddle right now, so I don’t feel very comfortable sharing my big, long-term goals. I also believe in keeping some things secrets for the time being. Anyway, I’m copying an LJ friend who had been doing a monthly goals type of thing for a few years now.
Doing Monthly Goals instead of Yearly Resolutions is helpful because it gives you a chance to review your progress more closely and also to regroup after each month. Big, yearly resolutions are harder to keep track of, but I think it’s good to have overarching goals each year, to kind of direct you towards specific choices. Arriane actually does annual thematic overhauls, which I think is super interesting, but a little intimidating and overwhelming for a first timer like me. Maybe next year.
As for myself, here are my JANUARY GOALS:
Read 7 books.
- Go on the treadmill at least 3 times a week. (I’ll explain later.)
Get two big projects.YAY.
- Work six hours a day, five days a week. (Or a total of thirty hours a week.)
Save 50% of each paycheck.
- Write down all expenses. Begin accounting.
- Mail out all pending packages.
- Writing project with Liana.
- Maybe revive Maybe Very Happy.