In With the New

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Hello and welcome to the last day of 2012! I hope you have exciting, peaceful, and/or relaxing plans for ringing in the New Year. Last year we spent it on the sofa watching TV at my mother-in-law’s and while this might not have been the most exciting, it was fitting for the year that was. This year we’re going out for a meal and some merry-making, and I’m hoping being a bit more active might be symbolic of the year to come ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not going to lie. From my list of 25 goals for this past year, I crossed off 6 of them. That sounds pathetic except one of them was plan a wedding and get married, which I did (and we did :)) so I’m not complaining! But I do hope to be much more active this year. It felt like a lot of waiting and planning happened in 2012; a lot more doing for 2013, I think.

I thought I’d take some others’ leads and share a few of my goals, since reading their goals inspired me to focus on some realistic (but still challenging) ones, and yet also remind myself that life isn’t about checking things off for the sake of drawing that line. Productivity and results are worthy goals, but I want to enjoy the journey more and more, rather than berating myself this time next year for not doing X, Y, and Z.

  • Decision-making: I recently read that successful people make quicker decisions rather than hemming and hawing, because they’re confident in their values. I am confident in mine, so why do I spend 10 minutes trying to choose from a menu, or a week on whether to apply for a certain job? Iย know what kinds of things I want and enjoy and believe in. I need to work on this.
  • The BIG one:ย focus on ONE step at a time. Finish what I start.ย Multi-tasking is great and the sort of prerequisite all employers want on your CV. But let’s be honest. If you can’t fully focus on what’s right in front of you, what good are you at the peripheral tasks, or the ones coming down the pipeline? It’s great to be able to keep track of several things at once, don’t get me wrong. But I think multi-tasking in our culture has become grossly overrated. It’s prompting a whole generation of people with ADD traits, and I’m not using that term loosely because I know people who really struggle with it. Yes, for the sake of doing the best I can at a job, I can keep tabs on 10 different things, but in my personal life, when it comes to writing, painting, cleaning house, organising, reading, etc., I want to be concerned with the one thing God’s put in front of me, and do my best with that before moving on. I can’t do anything with tomorrow’s bread, hence, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

And the more tangible ones:

  • Finish fantasy, polish, CPs
  • Keep working on WF.
  • Blog regularly through the month, when I have books to review, things to say. I don’t want to force myself to a blogging schedule when actuallyย writing stories is what’s most important to me, which brings me to . . .
  • Read 1 writing craft book per month, and review it on this blog.
  • Have at least an outline for next book by the year’s end.
  • Start kickboxing.
  • Run/kickboxing/volleyball/hike 3x per week, no matter where I am and what I’m doing!
  • no Bible, no breakfast (we’ll see… I might have to breakfastย while reading).
  • Write with a timer (in 30-minute chunks). This proved super effective during NaNo this year!
  • Unless writing, get off the computer by 9 pm.
  • Write a handwritten card/note to friends & family 3x a month.
  • Complete 12 paintings by the year’s end.

That’s a lot. I could add obvious others like “FINALLYย get a job” and “eat more fruit and vegetables”, but I already know I need to do those. Making them a goal for the year seems a bit of a cop-out.

Do you find making lists like this is helpful? Have you ever crossed off EVERY item on your resolutions/goals list? Whether you write down goals or just plan to make the best of each day, I wish you the absolute best for a peaceful, productive, safe, healthy, and amazing year!!

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12 thoughts on “In With the New

  1. Looks good!

    I am going to call you on all of these points for the next 12 months!

    Fancy the 10k in may? I know some slow people who have signed up…..

    1. YES, I need some kind of accountability in a big way! As for the 10k, I’ve been mulling it over today since I saw your post, and yes. I think I will ๐Ÿ™‚ 3 years then missed last year, so I’m scared to know what my time would be after a year “off” but I do well when I have that to work towards!! AWOOO! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I have some years I make goals, some I don’t bother, and some where I OCD it. XD I actually like making goal lists like 101 in 1001 and such, not so much for trying to do them all, but to see how my priorities change over time. Last time I did one of those, in that 3 years, I gained one hobby, quit another, and lost interest in some of the things I realized after the fact I wanted to do just because my friends at the time were into it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Last year I OCDed it for the first few days, and then promptly forgot the rest ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t want that to happen. Looking back, this year it seemed like everything was about writing (and feeling guilty writing when I still couldn’t find a job). If I can fit in a few other useful things, I might use the time I *do* have to write in a much more productive way. That’s the theory, anyhow ๐Ÿ˜‰ If nothing else, it is interesting to see what the focus became after how it started!

  3. I was really really tempted to do the “no Bible, no breakfast” for myself, but then realized that with as early as I have to get up to take hubby to work (we’re a one-car household, lol), it wouldn’t work. Partly because I would fall asleep while reading my Bible that early (this has happened before), and because it’s easier to spend time actually studying it AFTER hubby is at work for the day.

    And we are totally going to rock this year!

    1. YES, we are! I read the “no Bible, no breakfast” thing just the other day and that’s pretty much what I’ve tried to do. I used to be better at it, but I think, if I can at least equate filling my stomach with filling my mind at the same time, I might have better results ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your NYE!!

  4. Happy New Year, Cheyenne! My biggest goal for 2013 is to stay more in the moment and to live with intention. I’m done procrastinating. I am going to get my writing in, then move on to the next task. (Notice the conviction in my voice? :))

    Here’s to 2013!

  5. Happy New Years! My only goal is to keep writing! I have a few more chapters to do on my WIP and then I will start another…I hope….I want to continue to be inspired!
    Oh, also, must continue with the encouragement and positive thinking!
    I’m glad you had a great holiday season! I’ve missed you, and everyone!

  6. Wow, Cheyenne–that is quite a list of goals! I definitely admire your motivation. But I also think you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned “enjoying the journey more.” I mean, getting married is a huge step–congratulations! Talk about part of a journey. If you didn’t meet most of your goals in 2012 because you were planning a wedding, I’d say you’re off the hook. But that’s just my opinion.

    Anyway, I don’t think any person has crossed each goal off their list every single year. Maybe one of our goals should be learning to forgive ourselves! LOL. But thanks for the reminder to eat more fruits and vegetables. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. It’s shorter than last year’s, anyhow ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the congrats! I think you’re right – and I think if I did meet every single goal, I probably didn’t have enough then ๐Ÿ˜‰ but it would be nice, if nothing else, to keep striving for these every day rather than look back and think, “Wow, did I really think I’d be able to do that?” Haha! And yes, learning to be a little easier on myself might be good too ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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