Tuesday, December 30, 2014

goal-setting part 1: overarching goals, projects, resolutions

goal-setting part 1: overarching goals, projects, resolutions
It's that time of year- time for setting goals, time for beginning projects, time for making resolutions. I love this time of year because I love beginning new projects or expanding on old projects in new, innovative ways. Projects enrich my life, and without sounding too sappy, they make me a better person! I'm much more patient when I have a side project I'm working on! Projects are rewards in and of themselves sometimes. I've been setting goals for a few years. In the past, I would write down an exhaustive list of things I wanted to do before my next birthday. The number of projects was directly related to my age; for example, this year I'm 32, so this year I would have made a list of "32 things to do before I turn 33" at the beginning of the year.

Spoiler: that didn't work well for me. I really liked the idea because it sounded so cool, but I would do other projects throughout the year, and those wouldn't count because those weren't part of "the list." I would feel disappointed with myself because I hadn't accomplished all that I wanted to do (sometimes not even half of what I wanted to do). More recently though, I've been setting monthly goals at the beginning of the month and sharing them on my blog. (Quarterly/seasonal goals would work, too). This has worked much better for me because I'm more realistic about what I am going to accomplish that month and the goals/projects are more relevant to that time of year.

I recently shared "31 Things I've Done Before I Turn 32." These are goals and various projects I accomplished from my monthly goals. I was excited to put that list together. It was awesome to see all that I had accomplished from my monthly goals. There were several things I didn't do, but there were several things I did do. And because I wasn't limited to "a list," I could expand or change directions. This year I intend to do 32 things, again, taking from my monthly, accomplished goals and sharing a list at the end of the year like I did this year. Maybe you'd like to do this, too, but don't know where to start. I'd like to share my process with you in parts. (This had all started as one post, but I realized it got way too long. Ha).

First, begin by thinking and setting some overarching goals/projects/resolutions for the year. Maybe you want to better your health, try out a new craft, remodel your home, travel, cook, bake, make more friends, move up at your job, get organized, etc. If you're not sure what project you want to undertake, consider what interests you. Chances are you are already reading about or kinda doing what interests you. For example, I read about that which interests me- paper crafting, house decorating, getting more organized, etc. Though I read books about these topics, I read many blogs about these topics, as well. I tend to mark my favorites. If you do this, too, read through those posts. Look through your Pinterest boards. See what you've bookmarked, and get inspired. Look around your house. Do you have piles of yarn laying around? What kind of books clutter your bookshelves? They reveal your passions. Set goals with these passions in mind. Expand on your current interests.

Consider picking up the book 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity to jumpstart your interests if you're still stuck. Don't worry if you don't have it all figured out at the beginning of the year. It's hard to say what will be relevant in a few months time. Your "big project" may not hit you well into the year, and that's okay. It's all a process, after all.

Next time: Goal-Setting: Part 2 // Get Specific. (Sounds like a movie).

See my monthly goals for the year right here.

P.S. I am giving away 32 of my favorite things. Click here for more details.
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