So, something I’ve been thinking about in the last few months is about my goal-setting. There is no question in my mind that it is something I like to do, and it certainly keeps me organized. But again and again I have found myself at the end of each month thinking, “I thought I set reasonable goals! But why is it that so much went unaccomplished?” rather than, “Wow, look how much I accomplished!” — even if I really did accomplish a lot. My recap posts have been a good reminder of me of how much I really have done each month, and that is one of the main reasons I do those posts. Because (probably like many people), I always have a huge list of things I want (and need) to do, and sometimes it’s hard to see all of the accomplishments in the shadow of all the future-hopeful projects. I also found that with a toddler around, what I think I can accomplish and what I actually can accomplish are not equal– and can change on a week-to-week or even day-to-day basis!
With that in mind, and also for other reasons that I won’t get into now, I’m changing things up a bit in the next few months. Rather than setting goals that are “reaches” (that is, ones that I might not accomplish, but I have them listed so that they inspire me and push me), I am going to concentrate on setting very attainable goals. I want to feel like I’ve checked things off my list!! There will always be the “next” project (and I keep a list of those, for sure), but my monthly goals are going to be ones that I am almost certain to achieve— and possibly with time to spare! Won’t that help me feel good, haha!
Here are January’s (project-oriented) goals:
- finish the custom curtains commissioned by my friend (already DONE! I finished them on January 5)
- make two paper-pieced framed monogram gifts
- prepare the photos for the big, huge December album project (a baby book of sorts for my daughter). I will be posting soon about my plans for this album.
- exercise 2-3 times per week, at least. (I add this on for “accountability” reasons 😉 )
And that is it for the “official” list. If I go further with these goals, or if I accomplish more, then that is BONUS!
I’ll also be posting in the next week or so about the projects from December that I mentioned in my December recap post!