This year, I did my goals a little differently than I have in the past. I've felt like, some years, things on my list are just on there for the sake of having goals, not because they are really things I care strongly about. And then, because of my really reasonable personality type, I tend to do the things I don't care so much about just because they're easy to check off, and kind of ignore the few important ones. I am just such a model of good goal setting.
So this year, I formatted them a little differently (inspired in part by Janet's resolutions on her 2011 wrap-up post). I came up with five overarching themes for the year - things I want to focus on, ways I want to improve. They aren't measurable (I know! goal failure!) but they're easy to remember and I'm hopeful that they'll keep me focused on improving my life this year. Here they are:
Then, I divided my life into various categories (wife, mother, blogger, reader, physical, etc) and tried to make just a few goals in each of those areas - ones that I'd really feel good about working toward. Here are some of those:
- Two one-on-one activities a week (planned in the evening - supplies bought as needed).
- Make holidays fun (Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July, Birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)
- No TV for Ella in our home
- Waste no food from the CSA (and this is why we had rutabaga on Thursday night).
- Quarterly exercise plans (2x a week)
- 2 desserts a week - one month of commitment at a time
- Floss every day (so far this goal is killing me. My dentist father is probably not that impressed).
- Buy things that make me happy
- 15 items repaired/altered
- 40 book reviews (non-picture books)
- 25 recipes (with photographs)
- Full 2x2 series
- All Newbery and Caldecott Titles of 2012
- Painting done
- 72 Hour kits completed