Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Goals and such

With Christmas over, New Year's and my birthday are approaching.  This means I have to get my goals in order for the next year.  Since my birthday is right after the beginning of the New Year I always feel extra pressure to get my goals and resolutions right because I don't really get the luxury of a spring, summer or fall birthday to take stock of goals later in the year.

I feel like I've been stuck on my current revision so getting that finished is at the top of my goal list.

Writing more is on my list.

One thing I'd really like to do is rearrange my desk and possibly make it so I can stand while I work.

In 2011 I read 60 books.

I need to learn to say no to outside things.  Right now I'm worried I've said yes to too many outside things.  I need to remember that these things are not writing and that they take time away from my writing.  Hopefully I can figure out which little things to keep and which to let go as the year goes on.  I think I'm too good at manifesting some things that I think I need for example a wish for a "little part time job, a few hours a week, with lots of flexibility" has turned into 3 little jobs that fit that description.  I wish I could do the same with books.

So those are the things I plan to work on in the New Year.

Do you make resolutions or goals for New Year's or your birthday?  Are your goals writing related?


Catherine Denton said...

I do make goals for the new year. In fact I'll be sharing some later this week but yes, some of mine are with writing.

I had some friends on Twitter encourage me to write with them. For several days we checked in, wrote for an hour then checked back in with our word count. I wrote more knowing I was accountable.
Catherine Denton

DL Hammons said...

Saying NO is really hard, but it has to be done to have any hope of achieving our goals! 2012...here we come! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sixty books is impressive!
I don't make resolutions, but I do set goals.

Kristin Rae said...

OMG I was just thinking today about how I need a desk and I want one section to be tall enough so I can stand and work. Such a great idea, right?! I might have to get hubs to build this, because I doubt I'll find one to my specifications.

My goal was 50 books in 2011, and I'm at 41 right now. Apparently, I'm really not good at goals. I'm still considering making some for 2012... not sure. Good luck with yours!

toni d. said...

I wish you all the best and good luck with whatever you set as your goals for next year. :) I'm a little bit wary of goal setting at the moment... eeek! :(

Alicia Gregoire said...

I totally stink at keeping resolutions. I'm a little better on goals, as long as it's something I'm totally on board about. Like, the goal to sleep more or the goal to read every day.

Anonymous said...

I do make goals and readjust them as necessary. "Blessed are the flexible" is my motto. It works for me.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Yay! I've been trying to visit your blog for days! But my work blocks googlereader and kept blocking your blog as "porn" which is does randomly for random blogs.
I do make yearly goals. I'll be post mine...not next week but the week after, but they're pretty similar. More writing, etc.
Though for me, i'm a bit opposite. I think i spend too much time doing writerly things, so i made a goal to go on a date, which is something that i always push aside.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

It's always a tough balance between being busy with outside things that we like or find important and those that are just for us, at first. I wrote up my New Year's post this morning. It will appear on New Year's Day.

Colin Smith said...

I plan to set some goals for 2012... I'll probably blog about them at the weekend.

Stratoz said...

I may have read parts of 60 books this year ;') Stained glass has really cut back on my time reading, but I have given myself the pleasure of a novel with my holiday break from teaching. Last year I had Hopes for 2011. I need to review those this weekend.