My Goals for 2015
December 29, 2014
It’s that time of year where we start to look ahead to the new year and the things we would like to accomplish. I am not a big fan of making “new year’s resolutions” – I feel like if there is something you want to accomplish, set a goal and go for it, regardless of the date or time! However, the start of a new year is a good time to reflect on where you are at, where you would like to be, and how you will get there.
As I look back on 2014, I realize that the goals I worked on changed considerably throughout the year. Things that seemed very important at the beginning of the year became less so as my interests evolved. I don’t view it as a “failure” that I didn’t reach those goals set back in January – I chose to alter my goals to meet my current life interests and circumstances.
Looking forward to 2015, I am revisiting some of my old goals as I consider my new ones. Writing is currently a big focus for me, and it will feature prominently in the list below. As always, I consider this a fluid list, and I will not beat myself up if I choose to change things up as the year progresses. Here is my current thinking for the new year (I’ll be curious to see how it changes by this time next year ):
1. Find a writing group or writing partner to keep me on track with my novel revisions. I think having the support of someone else going through the process will help me tremendously. Plus, I think it will be helpful to be accountable to someone.
2. Finish novel revisions. I have been absolutely TERRIBLE at working on revisions, and it is really making me crazy. No excuses on this front this year! I think I am going to shoot for a minimum of 60 minutes per week, knowing that I will probably do more once I start getting in the habit of working on it again.
3. Post at least 2 blog posts per week. I actually think I will be able to do more, but again, I want to set a goal that feels reasonable. I will be taking on some reading and blogging challenges (post coming soon), and I have a great idea for a new type of post that I’m very excited about (be looking for new and exciting things in January!).
4. Read 52 books this year. 52 is definitely more than I generally read in a year, but when I make more of an effort to get reading time in, I can actually accomplish quite a bit. 52 is one book a week on average, and I’m sure I can pick up the pace during the summer when I am off of work. This will also include audiobooks that I listen to while driving.
5. Finish accent reduction class. I started this last January, and have not gotten nearly as far as I anticipated (largely because writing has become such a huge focus in my life). I would like to investigate this area more in terms of private practice, and I would at least like to get through the online class this year. Thank goodness I paid for the lifetime access on that one!!!
6. Maintain a regular workout schedule. I’m still working on the specifics of this one, as I want to make sure it is something I can be successful at. I let my workouts fall to the side as I put a great deal of emphasis on getting my blog started, and my pants are letting me know it is time to get back on track in this area!
What are your goals for 2015? Do you find you are more accountable when you make your goals public? Do you check in with someone on your goals, and does that help to keep you on track?