Through my Twitter feed I was led to A Beautiful Mess, and her blog post that encourages each person to complete four things before the end of the year. There are guidelines for the goals that I copied from her post:
4 Simple Goals (before 2011…..)
1. choose simple goals that will make your life richer and happier on a daily basis. choose things you may not otherwise get done, but that are not difficult to accomplish.
2. do not choose result oriented goals, choose activity oriented goals. for example…. instead of “lose 10 pounds”, choose something like “eat fresh fruits and vegetables every day”. get what i’m saying? positive actions instead of just the end result!
3. choose goals that are personal that you believe will truly make your life richer just by doing them! they can be daily, weekly or one time experiences.
4. choose a reward for each goal as it is accomplished! it can be a small or large reward.
5. blog your goals, each one as you achieve it and a big post when they are all finished before the new year!
I took my time jumping on this bandwagon as I am in a bit of a transition period. The norm in my life is being shaken up a bit; my summer programs are coming to a close at work so my days are not quite as frantic or scheduled. This panics me a bit. A whole unmapped day seems to ripe for troubles and goofing off. The Bee and I are still working on our move and she is smack dabbed in the middle of summer packet completion which requires me yelling, pleading and threatening for her to finish and I don’t want my goals to be the usual bevy of goals which always include something about losing weight.
After worrying (shocker!) and then relaxing here are my goals:
1. Blog or journal daily. I like words. I like what I do with words. I like what people think of my words (I’m needy!) I feel the need to explore this and get better at it.
-I really enjoy writing, be it nonsense, stuff about me or something I think hilarious. I know that practice, practice, practice is the key to getting anything done.
2. Get up early enough to make and eat breakfast while so that I can enjoy my back deck (or front porch depending on the sun).
-Each day I find that I am rushing to get ready in the morning. Instead of eating the cereal that I bought, I find myself gobbling something en route to work or not eating and then starving by the time lunch rolls around. The days that I get up early enough I like making a little something, reading a few pages in my book and even cleaning up what I had (makes me feel like I did something already that day).
3. Spend time with The Bee doing something that is only the two of us each week that does not involve the library.
I like, nay, LOVE libraries and thought my kid would too. However while fond of libraries she does not share the same level of enthusiasm that I have. This could be because she is not a huge dork like her mama. It could also be because usually libraries mean work and it’s a difficult transition from mom to library chick for both of us. I think that I in an effort to maintain my piece of mind as well as respect her like of the library it will be best if we both kept our individual feelings and found another mutually agreeable activity.
4. Make sure my desk at work is cleared at the end of each day. I am going on vacation next week (YAY ME!) and before I go I plan to clear off my desk. When I return I want to keep it that way.
-Last week I came to work to find my drawers rifled through, stuff misplaced and a royal mess. After I was able to calm down (Golly! I have enough activities and things to occupy people, I guess my desk is just way too enticing!) I thought that perhaps blame lays with me. There has been a stack of papers claiming space for some time (a few days) and it is time to fins a home for them. Earlier in the year when I would get to work and have a clean desk I always felt that it set the tone of the room. People were apt to clean up their messes, no one thought my desk was an appropriate place to touch and I could find stuff (my keys mainly).
I’ve already started number one. Stay tuned for more!
One down, three to go,