I feel like I've been talking about goals SO much lately due to the new year, but one of my promises was to record my monthly goals & progress here at this space, so hell if I'm going to give up three days into the month.
I figure I'll at least wait a week.
Here is my January to*do list!
* one new painting [I'm keeping this number low from now on. Quality, not quantity.]
* two books from my list
* three new items listed in the shop [again, quality over quantity.]
* four [once weekly] friend dates
* send five cards, letters, or thank you notes
* pick & choose the top SIX craft fairs of the year and only vend at those [remember my resolution : simplify ?]
* lose eleven pounds
* become an office RMHI
* website redesign
* find a great fulltimewithbenefits job
* revamp closet [see resolution : style]
* work my way through my new book "Daring to Be Yourself"
* take care of my car
* send birthday cards to all my January friends & family.
* collect & attempt some crockpot recipes
2011 Prediction : January will be superbusy & productive.
I also wanted to address some concerns I've heard about goal-setting.
It's too much, too soon; I'm scared of change; I get overwhelmed doing more than one thing at once; Making goals is a setup for failure; I have to set tiny realistic goals so I'm more likely to keep them.
The goals I have set for myself ARE realistic. What makes them so?
This is the way I should be living anyway. Every day of every year, I should be taking care of myself. I should be challenging myself. I should be planning for my future while making the most out of each and every day. We all should!
If you are easily overwhelmed, consider making one goal at a time and sticking with it for a week or so. Once you feel comfortable enough to include it in your routine without thinking too much into it, add something else. When you begin to feel overwhelmed again, take a step back. It works!
And while nothing could ever replace my agenda and beautiful multi-colored markers, I really enjoy this website as a way to keep track of short-term goals and errands. There is an iPhone app as well. It automatically syncs with your computer list, and vice versa. And you can "cross things off" as you go. MUY importante for the instant gratification lover. :)