That is the question! As you can see, I decided to share my goals this year. Bring it on!
For the first time in 7 years, I’ve made goals for the year. Honestly, I love writing goals and creating these big pictures of what my ideal is. And, in the past, I’ve been quite ambitious! Some years, I’d rock those goals, and some years I’d crash and burn at some point in the year.
I was also a more prolific writer in years past, and I’ve found this writer’s block hard to over come. Much of this is just that keeping up with 2 crazy boys is tiring on most days and I don’t write well when I’m tired. Just keeping it honest here!
In 2019, one blog that I faithfully read had a set of yearly goals laid out by area of life and did monthly updates. There was something about how she did this, or how she structured it, that made it feel very attainable for me. And I decided in late November that I was ready to jump back into the world of making yearly goals. And I decided I would post about my goals here, if only I inspire one other person to consider how they need to grow.
Brain Dump First!
So, I did it! First, I brain dumped the things I was feeling like I needed to improve. I’ve worked through Simply Convivial’s courses (more than once over several years), and I have vocations defined and that gave me a bit of structure to work from. What areas within each vocation need growth?
Then, I though through if the area of growth was a habit or a project. A habit is the “day in, day out” thing you do, whereas the project is “work on it and its done” and usually a series of tasks.
This was my first round of thinking.
Drafting, Finalizing and Publishing: 2020 Goals
I sat on it for a few weeks, making a tweek here and there, thinking more of what these habits and end results would look like. 2020 started and I had a nice, well defined by vocation set of yearly goals. My plan was to work on 1 or 2 of the habits each interval (which for me is usually about 6 weeks long), and keeping projects in view and working on what I could.
Change in Perspective
Then, I had a quick trip up to my grandfather’s funeral. I had several hours of driving by myself, and I’d gotten January’s Free Audiobook of the Month from ChristianAudio.com. So, I loaded that book and one other on a device so I could listen while driving.
This book rocked my view of social media. I’d already decided several years ago that I was going to be strategic about my social media use, and I’d decided for 2020 I was going to limit my social media rather drastically. But after listening to Tony Reinke, I was feeling the urge to give up social media all together, at least for a time. Due to my role in this website and our business, I can’t go cold turkey, but I did decide I was not going to just surf any kind of social media.
The February Update
Its now into February, and I’m feeling pretty good at the track I’m on. I have a few friends who I know will keep me accountable, but I also know if I make the commitment to update my progress here, I’m even more likely to keep on top of them. Know thyself!
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Have you made goals for this year? I’d love to hear about them!