Lately, I have been thinking about my yearly goals. You know the ones that everybody makes in January and forget about by February? I definitely did this for many years.
This year I was serious about it so I posted them because if you go public you are accountable. Or something like that.
So I went back to reread my list of goals only to find out that I have forgotten about them. The good news is, that despite not remembering them, I was working towards accomplishing them.
Granted, some weeks are better than others. But life is unpredictable and I firmly believe that you have to be flexible and adjustable.
Here are the ones that I shared and how I’m doing on each of them:
Exercise 3-4 times a week.
In winter, I spent two months with bronchitis. It definitely made things interesting exercise-wise but I am happy to report that I have met my 3 times a week goal. It needs a lot of convincing to start and sometimes it feels like death but I am always happy that I took the time to do it. What made it very hard was that I had to “leave my work behind” to do it. So I changed my mentality and now working out as part of my job. Revolutionary.
Sew in small chunks of time.
In the beginning, thought that this would be something very attainable but I was very wrong. To this day I still struggle with it. As we speak I have not sewn in over 10 days. Maybe more… And my to-do list grows by the day. I really need to sort this out because it stresses me out. Any advice is welcome
Connect more with friends.
I am an introvert. There is no doubt about it. It is just hard for me to make small talk or pick up the phone and call someone just to chat. But I want my friends to know I think about them and that I want to keep them close. What made the most significant change in the way I connect to them is texts. Yes, I realize that I am almost 40 years old and not a teenager anymore. Sending a text yet small is helping me to keep in touch with more people in my life and come close to some others.
Set work hours.
I had almost zero success in this. I have tried some different schedules to find what works best but nothing worked. Our life as a family can change in a days’ notice which makes it very hard to set rigid work hours. Instead, I recently started using a calendar. I wrote a post about how I use it if you are interested. It made a world of a difference in my productivity and happiness levels.
Overall, I am doing well. I still have a lot to work on and get better at but for me, small steps are the way to do it. And when I feel stagnant I remind myself that small things add up.
What about you? Do you set goals for yourself? How do you measure your success?