It’s that time of year again – a time to set goals for the new year to come. The word resolutions is often tossed about willy-nilly, without regard to the fact that we, as a society, have a tendency to be anything but resolute about these things after the first week of January. Semantics aside, goal-setting is a good idea to start the year fresh.
Goal 1: Finish a project a month.
What does this mean? Well, it certainly will start with finishing some projects that have been in WIP status for far too long. It does _not_ mean that every project has to be an old one, nor am I tying it to specific dates per project since sometimes small ones take a long time and large ones go quickly. The projects do not have to be fiber-related either, although I have plenty of those.
Goal 2: Read at least 12 new books.
One of my favorite organizational applications is Goodreads, which allows me to track books I’ve read over time, as well as my planned reading list. When I was a child I devoured books, and as an adult I’ve gotten so bogged down with life that I often do not get to read as much as I’d like. My reading goal for next year is much higher than 12, but at least a dozen of the items I do read need to be new material (despite that fact that I love re-reading novels I’ve enjoyed).
Goal 3: Lose 45 lbs.
Yeah, this one has been there for a while, though not always with a number attached. Ideally I’d like to get back to the weight at which I started college, but I was still a teenager then. This particular number is born of the fact that I will turn 45 this next year. I’ve been successful in the past with increasing physical activity and changing my eating habits to better suit my metabolism, and it’s time to get back on that train.
Goal 4: Write more.
Writing more has been one of my goals for a very long time, and I’ve tried several tools to stimulate this activity. So far, I can get going for short periods of time and then it fizzles out for a very long while. Updating this blog will be one of my means to achieve the end – if I can keep to a weekly posting schedule, perhaps I can revive the habit.
This list by no means comprises all my goals for the year, but it is a good start. Keeping it simple. Onward, and upward!