In my last post I talked about how No Goals wasn’t really working for me.
The real problem is that I want to do too many things. If I don’t set goals then I am stressed because I feel like I’m missing out on the other things that interest me.
Here’s everything I could think of that I’m interested in doing in 2013:
- Build another boat
- Get my Security+ Certification (Computer Network Security)
- Start meeting more people
- Run a Marathon (1st ever)
- Go backpacking again
- Do $50K in Amazon sales (at work)
- Get involved in the Puttytribe online
- PR 1/2 Marathon
- Camp Cruise Novice (the boat I just built)
- Get my French really good
- Catch up with people on Facebook & LinkedIn
- Do an adventure race
- Take Novice to a boat show
- Get Network+ Certification
- Get involved in online boatbuilding communities
- Learn Spanish
- Start Strength Training
- Learn to Juggle 4/5 balls
- Learn Mandarin
- Learn ASP
- Learn PHP
- Play guitar again
- Try a gluten free diet
- Learn to cook
- Start cycling again
This list isn’t really comprehensive, just a quick run-down of what popped into my head.
It also leaves out things I’m not passionate about, but feel compelled to do (for example, our sewers flooded so I’m re-doing the damaged basement).
The list is just too big. If I try to do it all I can only devote 10 days to each by the end of the year, not enough to really enjoy any of them.
I grouped the list loosely and came up with 5 big picture areas of priority:
- Strengthen my Mind
- Strengthen my Body
- Adventure – I want to do stuff
- Create – I want to make stuff
- Connect – I want to talk to people
I’d like to keep a single goal going in each area. That will help me focus, allow flexibility, and keep me moving forward.
Here are my initial goals for each area:
- Strengthen my Mind – Pass my Security+ Certification Test
- Strengthen my Body – Yoga twice a week – I’m already juggling daily, so this is cheating a little by adding two goals.
- Adventure – I’ll go on 4 adventures before the year is out. None are currently planned.
- Create – Remodel my Basement (This sucks. I’m not excited about it, but it’s too expensive to outsource)
- Connect – FB daily 5 minutes
I’m already working on Juggling, Security+, and remodeling.
That means the only habits I’m adding today are Yoga and Facebook.
Wish me luck, and tell me about your goals this year…