Setting goals

You may have already heard me say this (multiple times), but I am not the most organized person in the world. It’s actually one of the reasons I like deadlines so much: they tend to get me focused and make me super productive. Without a deadline, however, I’m rather like the proverbial ship without a rudder, drifting oh, so aimlessly through the sea of what I could/should/want to be doing. Consequently, not a whole lot getsΒ done.

But a couple of recent blog posts from writer Sandy Williams (The Shadow Reader) on setting weekly goals have inspired me to make some changes. Now Sandy, bless her, has gone all out, setting 10 goals per week for herself. I admire her enthusiasm, but I know myself and how quickly life can derail my good intentions. So in the interests of maintaining my own enthusiasm for the idea of goal-setting, I’ve decided to set the bar a little lower. I am, however, adopting her idea of accountability and so I’ll be posting my weekly goals here in the hope of keeping myself focused…and honest! πŸ˜‰

After due consideration, I’ve come up with five categories: writing; business (the not-so creative end of writing); personal; family; and house. Each week, I’ll set one goal for myself in each category and at the same time, report back to you on how I did with the previous week’s goals. Clear as mud? Good. Then here is this week’s list:

Writing: Spend 3 hours per day on WIP

Business: Finalize new bookmarks and place order

Personal: Spend five minutes every night before bed doing breathing/meditation exercises

Family: Have a long-overdue coffee and catch-up chat with moved-out daughter

House: Spend 15 minutes every day decluttering a corner/surface/space somewhere in the house.

And that’s it. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? I guess we’ll find out next week. In the meantime, anyone else care to join me in setting goals? Feel free to jump on the bandwagon…I’d love the company! πŸ™‚



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11 responses to “Setting goals”

  1. D. D. Syrdal Avatar

    I like your modest goals (although 3hrs/day on your WIP is not so small). The decluttering idea is the best, maybe if I adopt that I can get through my ‘to-shred’ pile in a week… πŸ˜‰

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Oh, crap…I forgot about my ‘to-shred’ pile…guess I know what’s going on next week’s list already! As for 3 hours a day on the WIP, don’t be too impressed. A lot of that time is spent going over what I wrote a day or two before. I’m a perpetual tweaker. πŸ˜‰

      1. Sandy Williams Avatar

        Hey, I have a to-shred pile, too! I need to add that to my goals. πŸ™‚

  2. miki Avatar

    normally i should manage to find 15min in the evening to do my massage and put my cream like the doctor ordered it…if i could do it at least every two day it would be a progress

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      Then that’s your goal for this week, Miki. I’ll meet you back here next Tuesday for our check-in! πŸ™‚

  3. Christopher Zara Avatar

    If I could stick with the five-minutes-of-mediation part, I’d be better off. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to just sit and clear your mind of all the clutter.

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      I know, right? Mind you, my biggest challenge could be staying awake for the full five minutes… πŸ˜‰

  4. Sandy Williams Avatar

    Your goals are much more reasonable than mine! That’s probably why I wasn’t able to mark many of mine off this week. I should probably adjust mine, but I just have sooo much to do. Have no idea how I’m going to get it all done.

    Also, I HATE deadlines! πŸ˜‰

    1. lindapoitevin Avatar

      I think it’s a matter of trusting that all the important things will get done, Sandy…and learning to let go of the rest. You’ll get better at the latter part as your boys grow, believe me. πŸ˜‰

  5. Donna Cummings Avatar

    I like this. I think we have a tendency to bite off more than we can chew, thinking we have to do EVERYTHING all at once. I am definitely going to think in terms of categories now. Something a little more manageable than “everything still on my To Do list since 1995”. LOL

  6. lindapoitevin Avatar

    I’m glad you like it, Donna…sometimes the mountain is a little easier to climb if we remember it’s just a matter of one step at a time. πŸ™‚ And really? Your to-do list only goes back to 1995? Lucky girl. πŸ˜‰

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