You knew that this was coming. Not only because I told you—but also because what’s a new year without some goal-setting? Probably still the same thing: a new year. Humor me.
After taking a look back at 2010, I formulated a list of what’s to come in 2011. Not necessarily New Year’s resolutions (since I never seem to follow those)—but just goals in general. Or accomplishments, that’s a better fit.
hope to will accomplish in 2011. Categorized—because that’s how I roll.
- take the GRE
- complete grad school applications (letters of recommendation, personal statements, GRE scores)
- finish my last semester with a 4.0
- squeeze every last drop of knowledge out of my internship supervisor and my favorite professors
- spend at least 1 night a week doing something Adam chooses (board games, video games, movies…etc.)—his choice, his night
- continue working on Adam’s basketball/soccer skills
- encourage Adam to continue his love for reading (he’s on the 4th Harry Potter book!)
- As always, be patient, loving, and understanding. <—a constant goal
- just make his childhood the best it can be! (like mine was!)
- work on communication between Sam & I--We are both so busy we sometimes forget to catch up on each others lives!
- continue spending quality time with my parents & siblings <—possibly initiate game nights once per week or twice per month (dang, I’m getting old)
- build on my friendships and keep them strong
- run a race or races(5k, half marathon)—most importantly, do NOT miss the race!
- learn to run smarter
- incorporate more strength training <—another constant goal (get strong!)
- continue eating healthy and trying new foods
- try to incorporate more yoga/stretching into my current routine
Personal joy about this section: this is the first year (that I can remember) that I haven’t included a “lose X pounds” bullet. Happy dance. Who needs weight resolutions, I’m all about a healthy lifestyle. Resolutions mean short-term, lifestyle means—well, for life.
- increase blog traffic <—tips would be appreciated!
- bring new and interesting content to my readers
- attend a blog meet-up <—I want to meet you lovelies in person!
- make a possible switch to self-hosting <—I’m overwhelmed at this thought, but I still want to do it!
- reader’s requests <—what do YOU want to see more/less of?
Reader’s requests are especially important to me because a blog is little more than a personal diary without amazing readers to back you up. You scratch my back, I scratch yours. So if there’s anything at all you want see—let me know.
Most, if not all, of my hopes for 2011 fall under the attainable/realistic category. Yet, it’s easy to get bogged down if you don’t get your thoughts organized. Organization achieved.
Of course, my inspiration board should also help with that!
The idea behind an inspiration board is that it provides a constant reminder and source of motivation for your goals. When you don’t feel like going on that run or hitting up the gym—look at your board.
This was my first time making an inspiration board—and I had so much fun with it! I think this will become a yearly habit.
Thanks to the fitnessista for the idea to get it done!
Tell me: what do you hope to accomplish in 2011? Or heck, for the sake of simplicity, what do you hope to accomplish today or tomorrow? Short-term goals are just as important as long-term goals.