Goals

Not really doing the year in review thing — that tends to be a very personal thing for me. This year wasn’t the best on record, though, and I’m sincerely hoping that 2009 is better.


I tend not to make resolutions, but goals. And not just at the new year. For example, about mid-way through last year I made the goal of doing my dishes more often. Not letting them pile up so high in my sink. I mostly accomplished that goal once I made it — one of the things that really helped was I started putting on music or wearing my iPod when I did dishes. Made the task just go a lot faster.

This year I have a few goals. They’re mainly getting back to where I was before I let everything slide. I’m recording them here just for posterity. I’ve also listed them on a piece of paper that I’ll look at every day.

Eat healthier. This is so key for me. I was eating healthier for a long while, then I slipped, got better, then slipped again, and stopped eating well for a while. It takes a toll on me, physically. I just need to bite the bullet and do it, every day.

Walk more. I used to walk 30 minutes every day, rain, shine, snow, what have you. I fell out of the habit. I’m falling back into it.

Write more consistently. I started the rewrites on Harp of Light this morning. Got through the prologue and the first two chapters. I’d forgotten how clean the first part of this novel was. The ending isn’t, and there are some chapters that I haven’t run into yet that I will need to rewrite basically from scratch. But I breezed through the beginning, came to some interesting conclusions, and am excited about it again. My goals are aggressive for writing this year — finish the rewrite by May, and finish the next novel by the end of the year (first draft.) I can do it — I just have to get my butt in the chair and do it. There are obstacles to me doing it, but honestly the biggest obstacle is myself.

Clean regularly. My place is neat, but not clean. This is a health issue. If I keep my place dusted, my allergies are mostly under control. So I’ve decided to take the first Saturday of every month and devote it to cleaning. I won’t need the entire day. But I must do it.

Read more books. I figured out that I actually still read a tremendous amount. It’s just all online, websites, articles and such. I’d like to get back to reading books. I’ve set aside one night a week to read after writing. Don’t know if I’ll actually do it, but it’s kind of a goal.

Do household projects once a month. What’s happened the last couple of years is that I work like crazy doing household projects (like remodeling my bathroom) during the summer and then do nothing else the rest of the year. I have one project a month for the rest of the year that I’d like to do. Nothing big. It’s just taking the time to do them.

There are other goals I have like spending less, saving more, etc. But I’ve already started most of those (started last year) and they seem to be moving along just fine, so I’m not including them here.

I hope that everyone is looking forward to a grand and glorious new year!

Comments (26)

  1. I made a goal in the second half of 2008 to read more books, period. All my reading in 07 ended up being online or comics. sent me a few Wen Spencer books, and then I went on an Agatha Christie kick, and then I read about Hunter Thompson . . . It’s nice. 🙂

    • I have this huge pile of books on my “to read” pile. I put them all away, though, because the sheer size of the pile is daunting. Instead, I have one single book out, which I can put down and switch out if it turns out I don’t actually care for it.

      For a while I was in a book club, pledged to read a book a month, but that started feeling like “work” instead of “play” and I am all about playing when I’m not working.

      • If I shelve it with the masses, I forget it. So I made a small shelf, right next to my computer and workbag, of to-be-read. If the shelf is full, I shan’t buy more books until I read some of the things on it.

        This is, to my surprise, working. The books aren’t languishing.

        • I tried this last year. It did *not* work for me. I ended up just not reading anything. So — down to a single book and I actually did pick it up last night and read some.

  2. you forgot one: COME SEE RUBY. oh, wait, we’re at t-minus 15 days already! \o/ \o/ \o/

    i have to clean my house weekly or else it looks like pigs live here. ah, the joys of teenagers. /o\

    • No — because the book club felt like a job at one point, made me unhappy. I like just being able to pick up something and read it, without a deadline. Thanks for the offer though!

      ::smooch::

  3. I made a goal in the second half of 2008 to read more books, period. All my reading in 07 ended up being online or comics. sent me a few Wen Spencer books, and then I went on an Agatha Christie kick, and then I read about Hunter Thompson . . . It’s nice. 🙂

    • I have this huge pile of books on my “to read” pile. I put them all away, though, because the sheer size of the pile is daunting. Instead, I have one single book out, which I can put down and switch out if it turns out I don’t actually care for it.

      For a while I was in a book club, pledged to read a book a month, but that started feeling like “work” instead of “play” and I am all about playing when I’m not working.

      • If I shelve it with the masses, I forget it. So I made a small shelf, right next to my computer and workbag, of to-be-read. If the shelf is full, I shan’t buy more books until I read some of the things on it.

        This is, to my surprise, working. The books aren’t languishing.

        • I tried this last year. It did *not* work for me. I ended up just not reading anything. So — down to a single book and I actually did pick it up last night and read some.

  4. Those seem like reasonable goals. The eating and exercise thing, yeah, that’s fundamental, innit? The older I get the more obviously not optional that becomes.

    • I know! I am not happy that I can’t just eat junk, laze around, and be healthy anymore. I have to work at it. But I’ve at least come to the point that I’d rather work at it and be healthy, than not be healthy.

      • Ayup

        And don’t be tempted to underestimate either the value or the difficulty of coming to that point. Debby’s ER is full of people who don’t manage it. :-/

        I’m glad you’re doing better, and I hope 2009 winds up full to the bursting point with blessings for you.

  5. you forgot one: COME SEE RUBY. oh, wait, we’re at t-minus 15 days already! \o/ \o/ \o/

    i have to clean my house weekly or else it looks like pigs live here. ah, the joys of teenagers. /o\

    • No — because the book club felt like a job at one point, made me unhappy. I like just being able to pick up something and read it, without a deadline. Thanks for the offer though!

      ::smooch::

  6. Those seem like reasonable goals. The eating and exercise thing, yeah, that’s fundamental, innit? The older I get the more obviously not optional that becomes.

    • I know! I am not happy that I can’t just eat junk, laze around, and be healthy anymore. I have to work at it. But I’ve at least come to the point that I’d rather work at it and be healthy, than not be healthy.

      • Ayup

        And don’t be tempted to underestimate either the value or the difficulty of coming to that point. Debby’s ER is full of people who don’t manage it. :-/

        I’m glad you’re doing better, and I hope 2009 winds up full to the bursting point with blessings for you.

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