2011 07/01

Goals, revisited

I know what you’re thinking…it’s only been two days since she talked about her “goals” for 2011, what could she possibly have to say NOW? Oh dear friends, I always have plenty to say!  Plus, I don’t sleep much these days with my trips to the bathroom every few hours throughout the night, so I have lots of time to mull things over in my mind.  And that’s what I’ve been doing.  Mulling.

After writing about my 2011 goals, I started coming up with even more goals.  Surprise, surprise.  I started thinking about some long term goals and plenty of short term goals.  Things I want to accomplish eventually and things I need to accomplish now.  The reality is, I’m a list maker.  I actually get things done when I have a list of “things to do” staring at me in the face.  I thrive on the feelings of accomplishment when I get to cross something off that list.  

Knowing that having a long term goal sitting on my list for weeks or months is going to drive me crazy, I decided to model my 2011 goals after The Happiness Project, which I followed last year.  My thought is to have a running theme for the year.  A word or a phrase that I keep revisiting to keep me focused.

Then, each month I would set a goal for myself.  Sometimes that goal would be simple.  Other times it won’t.  But it would be a goal that I would diligently work towards all month in the hopes that it would carry over throughout the year.  Hoping I can change a behavior in that month so it will just naturally continue the next month and the next.

Finally, I will have my weekly goals.  These are the day-to-day things I want/need to get done — write certain posts that I really want or need to get written here, clean out the kitchen cabinets, do the laundry, remove the piles of stuff on our dresser.  Things that I just need to suck it up and get done.

So, there you have it.  My control-freak self just trying to take control of my life once again.  No, I don’t have everything planned out.  I’m not naive enough to believe that I can actually plan this out for the entire year.  After all, baby is coming in just a few short weeks and then my primary goal — monthly, weekly, daily, or otherwise — will be sheer survival.  But here is what I have in store so far:

Theme for the year: Be Still

With baby on the way, our life is going to get hectic.  Chaotic.  Busy.  Things are going to move quickly.  We will be celebrating his “firsts” in rapid succession, as well as celebrating the everyday success of the girls.  Amidst that chaos I want to focus on taking time to just be still and soak it all in.  This will most likely be our last adventure in babyhood and I want to soak ever ounce of it in.  I want to sit back and watch as the girls dote on their baby brother.  I want to capture every moment and every memory and every feeling and bottle it up in my soul.

Monthly Goals

My goals for January are pretty simple:

  1. Stay on top of ridding my email with spam and unwanted newsletters.  I know, trivial.  However, I’ve gotten into a bad pattern of just deleting those unwanted emails and newsletters.  And then each week or month I say to myself, Ugh! Why do I just unsubscribe to this? So, that’s what I’m doing.  I’m unsubscribing.  And it’s been freeing to not wake up each morning with 50+ unwanted emails clogging up my inbox!
  2. Get into the pattern of cooking.  I suck at cooking.  Actually, it’s not so much that I suck, it’s more that I just don’t like to do it.  I’m perfectly content with boiling some pasta, sprinkling some parmasan cheese on it and calling it dinner.  But that doesn’t always work for my girls or Tim.  So, I’m focusing this month on trying out different recipes and meal planning.  Without a doubt, this will be a monthly goal that you will see carried over to the next few months, as it’s a pattern hard for me to break!

Being realistic, I’m only going to look ahead to February in respect to monthly goals.  After all, once baby comes, it’s all about survival at that point! So, February:

  1. Prepare for baby.  I know, no-brainer!  But it’s amazing how many things I haven’t done and am starting to feel a little panicky about!  For instance….making definite plans of what to do with the girls and dog when I go into labor; stocking up on some diapers and wipes for those first few weeks; planning out meals for the first few weeks days; making sure this little boy has clothes to wear; packing a hospital bag.  Yeah, I’ve got a few things on my list.

I’m not going to bore you with my weekly goals here.  Also, I have no idea what those weekly goals are until the week hits!

Phew!  That’s it.  I’m hoping that this whole yearly-theme, monthly/weekly-goal thing works for me.  But, if it doesn’t, then I’ll just keep plugging along.

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