Back in the day before I entered the real world (okay, okay, it wasn’t that long ago) I loved setting goals. Reading goals. Writing goals. Personal goals. Any kind of goals really. I just liked setting them. And more than that, I liked accomplishing them.
I remember making the obligatory list of goals on New Year’s Day. But more than just the time of year when everyone around the globe sets goals and starts anew, I made winter and summer break goals. Shorter periods of time, but also what seemed like endless free time to make things happen.
But something strange happened when I graduated college and got a 40 hour a week big girl job a year ago. I stopped setting personal goals. Sure, I have work goals and I obviously enjoy accomplishing them, but I realized a few days ago that something was missing.
I felt no zest or passion for my personal goals. I was so consumed with work, family and everything else going on in my life that I wasn’t really making time for me. I decided this weekend to make a change. It’s time to get excited for my personal accomplishments and set some goals again. Hold me accountable, people!
Below are my 2011 summer goals:
-Read 22 books this summer. Preferably the 30 something unread books on my shelf that I got at book sales over the past year. I love debuts, but older books need love too! I can’t wait to dig into these.
-Better outline and continue writing my WIP.
-Begin super secret project (Sorry! It shall remain a secret for now)
-Find a few freelance opportunities whether it be paid for a publication or unpaid to offer advice on a student or young professionals blog.
-Prepare for the upcoming year in the PR organization I’m a part of. Update resume and LinkedIn profile to reflect the work I did the past year in the various organizations I’m a part of.
-Continue running 3-4 times a week. Incorporate swimming laps into my workouts.
-Relax. And don’t feel guilty about it. Spend the entire weekend at the pool getting tan. You deserve it.
What about you? Do you set goals for yourself throughout the year?