Everyday Reading: 2009 Goals

January 1, 2009

2009 Goals

My family doesn't really do resolutions, but we've set goals every year for as long as I can remember. My dad is very serious about setting measurable goals with specific plans of how to achieve them and deadlines. My whole family spent quite a long time discussing and planning our goals for 2009 (in fact, we were asked to speak in church about goal setting last Sunday, so we spent sort of a ridiculous amount of time pondering them).

A few of my goals:
  • Read 120 books this year
  • Write 50 book reviews here
  • Eat better
    • Only 2 desserts a week
    • No fast food this year
  • Be a better gift giver
    • Keep a list of gift recipients and add gift ideas throughout the year
    • Send cards and gifts at least three days before event
  • Run three miles by the end of February
  • Work out three days a week all year long (this will be measured with stickers on my kitchen calendar)
  • Refinish kitchen table and chairs
  • Organize closet and weed out clothing
And, my number one goal for the year:
  • Get a job in a library (either public or school)
Last year, I made some really awesome goals (I assume) but I never looked at them again. This year I will be printing them out and affixing a copy to my closet mirror and to my dayplanner cover so that I can refer to them often and measure my progress.

Wish me luck!

15 comments:

  1. I think you'll be able to run 3 miles by the end of February. Two months is plenty of time..you only have to go like 5 steps a day!

    (I'm totally mocking you right now)

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  2. I need to sit down and write out my personal goals for this year, but there is so little peace and quiet in my house that it hasn't happened. I know it's going to involve less time wasted online, but that's about as far as I've gotten. I like the idea of taping them someplace very visible.

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  3. I love to hear other people's goals because it totally motivates me. I love your gift giver idea. I have been so grateful to the people who have given us gifts (especially for our wedding and baby). Honestly, I don't know how we would have gotten through those stages without such generous people (just lived very, very poorly I guess) but I sure did appreciate it. It made commit to someday, when I have money, to pay it forward and help others the way they have helped me. But you are so right, I don't have to wait till someday! Just being thought of by a card or a simple gift is so appreciated!!! I am going to add this to my goals too. I like your idea of a list of the people. Something I did for my family this Christmas is made cards with everyone's names and birthdays in order from Jan. to Dec. with a magnet holder so you always see whose birthday is next and can remember. My hardest thing is just remembering!
    Anyway.... great goals. I am so excited for you to be a librarian, you are going to be FABULOUS!!!!

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  4. Excellent goals! The accountability is great, and I love that you have different categories, like physical, home improvement, social, etc. My husband always likes to make goals for physical, mental, spiritual, and . . . well, money-making/savings(career).

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  5. very organized. love it! you can totally do all that!!!

    can't wait to see how your table and chairs turn out. :)

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  6. I really love the idea of goal setting rather than resolutions. It kind of makes it all easier to achieve, in my opinion. Good luck with all of them!

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  7. Those sound like great goals, and totally achievable.

    Happy New Year!

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  8. Great goals. The only one I have a problem with is "no fast food". Does that include pizza? How will you be able to pass by an In n Out? :) Hopefully, you won't have that temptation thrown at you.

    Truly great goals.

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  9. very excited to the before and after pics of the table and chairs!

    those are awesome goals! you can totally do it!

    my goal for 2009 is to make my bed at least twice a week. DREAM BIG ;)

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  10. Hurray for refinishing kitchen furniture! (remembering my similar martha stewart days last october-ish) If you want any tips, let me know.

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  11. Those are some great goals!! That is a ton of books....I can hardly get through one a month right now!! As for the running, that too is one of my goals! I miss you...HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  12. Yay for goal-setting! You are so wonderful and your goals are inspiring. It was SO fun seeing you guys today. Thanks for taking time to visit with us!

    Oh, and how I wish right now I was a size tiny and could fit into your cast-offs, you awesome dresser, you.

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  13. PS I totally want to come help you refinish the table and chairs

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  14. Great goals. I love the gift giving one, especially writing and sending cards.

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  15. 120 books! That is amazing. I thought I was doing pretty well, clocking in around 50 last year. Maybe I need to step it up!

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