Goals and Accountability

Goals: always a good idea.

That sums my current wisdom, as the rest of this post will probably just be pure drivel, though I’m hoping faithful readers (waves to Camille) will help keep me to it.

I’ve been noticing this amazing pattern — if I do something when I’m thinking about it, it gets done. Otherwise, it weighs over me and I avert my eyes from reminders of the task (dirty dishes don’t exist if you don’t see them) and feel this general angst that wakes me in the middle of the night.

And really, the mundane goals are not the ones that matter. What about writing regularly? Why do I use so many excuses? I just had a reminder about this. Reading a delightful series of articles (Freaky Fortnight) I stumbled across Write or Die. I tried it out, and reached my 300 word goal in just five minutes. Really? I could technically do 3000 words in under an hour? NO EXCUSES.

That said, we are facing some computer challenges.  My laptop died, and Josh and I are sharing a computer; I tend not to battle for time on it after work — I’ve at least had access to my e-mail during the day, which can’t be said for him.  But I’m sure if I share my goal, we could work something out.  Perhaps he’ll even help to keep me on task about it.

Other goals?  I’d like to run a half-marathon in June, which calls for some dedication in time, energy, and focusing on health… and I could definitely focus more on maintaining my friendships.  I’d like to learn something new each week, maybe settling on a topic that interests me, and learning what I can about it.  Some of that time could go toward skill-building in the aim of transitioning into publishing in the next five years.

In some ways, I suspect I’m feeling inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project (which reminds me, I’d like to read her book).  I think that for some people, myself included, writing helps to process the changes we’d like to make in our life, and helps to hold us accountable for our goals.  I’m feeling that will be the case here.

I recently took a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People workshop, and I know I could put the skills I learned to use.  I think I’ll do better in  talking it out on here, but I wonder if that’s akin to sharing the rituals of a secret society?  Then again, we are encouraged to share the 7 Habits with others, and the only thing that’s prevented me from sharing that with Josh is that he views it as a secret society-type cult.  I think if he saw me enacting the lessons I’ve learned in it, he may be more open toward hearing about it.  Things to think about.

Anyway, I should stop here… It’s the anniversary of our first date, and I’d like to admire my gifted flowers some more before we take off for dinner.  I can’t believe it’s been a year.  (It feels both too short and too long in the weird way of time.)

More soon, I promise.

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One response to “Goals and Accountability

  1. You can’t share one of your Habits?

    And Happy Anniversary. Good to see you write.

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