All right, as it is January 12, and I am only now getting around to making some goals for the year, I suppose the first should be stop procrastinating, but that might be a little too obvious. I actually have no guilt from setting goals a little late in the month. I honestly feel a goal should be made when it makes sense; beginning of the year goals make sense because they have a built in time frame, but it is not the only time I will make goals for myself. I do it all the time. But whenever I do, I take the time to think about what I am doing, and make a goal I believe is right for me for many reasons.
With this in mind, here are my 2015 goals. I know I could keep them to myself, and no one would ever need to know if I failed, but what is the point of having a group of strangers I talk to if I am not going to share with them my embarrassing moments?
Improve my technology/social media skills.
There is a large world online and it terrifies me. I am barely comfortable blogging, rarely tweet, and almost always forget to instagram. I want to get better, but there is so much out there for me to learn, and I am hampered by the absolute knowledge that no one cares about many of the stupid things I think, see, and do. Honestly, taking pictures while my food gets cold feels ridiculous, and 99% of people would not get the little jokes I can fit into 140 characters. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, but whatever it is, I would like to get better. I’m not sure I will ever be a video blogger, but I can get better at creating a layout for my site, and editing and posting better pictures.
Branch out with my writing.
Last year I made it a goal to finish more manuscripts, and I did all right, but not great. I feel like my focus was so narrow, I didn’t have time to explore. I would like to finish full novel manuscripts, but I would like to do something else as well. I’d like to work a little on writing short stories, and improve my blogging habits. I started out pretty regular, but it dropped off a lot. I out off writing posts, and condensed some things way too much. I mean come on, I spent a week in Rome, saw so much, and came back feeling inspired and desperate to see more. And then what did I do? I condensed it all into one brief post that barely touched on my trip. What the hell? I call myself a writer and I couldn’t write a decent post about a place I loved so much? I want to keep working on the old goal (publishing a novel), but I want to spend time writing about whatever inspires me, and not skimping on the details.
Goal # 3
Focus on my health.
Okay, this is a typical new years resolution thing, but it is not about weight. I could easily make a goal with a specific number of pounds I want to lose, but that would only be part of my goal. I want to feel better. I want to run more, and do actual real world races again this year. I want to focus on overcoming the depression and anxiety that threatens me frequently lately. Losing weight or gaining muscles would be awesome, but feeling good is the actual goal.
Learn something new.
There are so many specific skills I considered listing as a goal. I want to learn a new language, try knitting cables, play the ukulele, and paper piece quilting, just to name a few things. Instead of listing a specific goal, I am leaving it open. I’ve never been great with languages (said the writer) so I might not be able to master a language. Maybe I will try the ukulele and decide I hate it. There are variables I can’t control here. Instead, I am going to make it a goal to work to learn something new, maybe many something news. As long as I am trying, I am succeeding here.
Okay, I could swear I had five goals, but only four come to mind now. I guess this is further proof that my methods are good; if I remember any other goals later, I can always add them. After all, it’s about learning and growing, something I should always be working on.
Happy Monday, and Happy 2015!