Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year Goals

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you have had a fun, festive, and safe holiday season and are ready for things to go back to business as usual. Or unusual, depending on what you do for a living/with life. As much as I hate for the lazy days of vacation to go, I know that as soon as I get back into the groove of work I'll be fine. Do you feel the same, or do you wish vacation would never end?

I'm currently working on my goals for 2010. Note that these are
not resolutions. Resolutions, to me, are promises that start as lucid ideas that become opaque over time until you lose sight of them completely. Goals, on the other hand, are long term and supple. You can change or bend a goal, seeing as they are an anytime thing. New years resolutions are brittle, as you make them only once a year and it feels like cheating to change them after January. Anyway, my goals for 2010 currently consists of a rambling list in my new Moleskine calendar-notebook (plenty of space to make to do lists and take notes!).
Here's what I have so far:
Write at least 3x each week (at least 2x in journal)
Check to do list daily
Act on my kind thoughts, even if they make me self conscious
Save $X overall/for a car/etc.
Go to the gym 3x each week
Be less of a perfectionist

As I said, this is just my first draft. The only one I know I'll keep for sure is the "be less of a perfectionist" because I'm slowly learning that perfectionism is limiting. It's much more productive to make the first run of anything rough and loose and get the details down later when you have more to work with. I'm applying this both to my personal life and work; I'm prone to sweating the small stuff before they become an issue. Thinking a head prevents major issues from popping up, but worrying is like paying interest on something you may never need!

Have you written any of your new year goals? I'd love to hear some of them!

Formally yours,
Darth Formal