I was feeling naked without an official list of action items/goals for the year. Last Spring I spent hours coming up with a mission statement, objectives, and SMART goals for 2010 (reviewed in this blog post.)
When 2011 started, I decided I did not want to spend lots of time coming up with specific measurable goals. Since I was basically continuing my quest from 2010, I wanted to just get to it and not spend lots of time developing a new list. My strategy was validated by this post on the Conventional Freedom Blog: Take Your Smart Goals and Shove Em.
But now, I have much less pleasure when I actually accomplish something, because I have no list on which to check it off. Let’s face it, I am a Penelope. (Click here to learn what a Penelope is. Love this blog.)
So I am going to keep it simple (the original plan was 5 but I am a Penelope so I have 10). Here is my list:
- Seek out and take advantage of opportunities to interact with people that I might find interesting and enjoy spending time with
- Cultivate more relationships (platonic & romantic)
- Be open and take risks (personal & professional)
- Keep my TV watching to a minimum (10 hours or less) to make room in my brain/life for learning new things
- Read at least one book/month (alternating between fiction & non-fiction)
- Work out at least 3x/week including at least one Yoga workout (preferably at a Yoga studio)
- Meditate at least 3x/week
- Buy less stuff (not going full on minimalist, but dabbling)
- Join the board of a non-profit organization – DONE!!!
- Give away a higher % of my salary – DONE!!! (this comes along with #9)
I now feel much better because I can officially say that I have accomplished 2 of my 10 goals! The remaining items are not all things I can “check off” but I can review the list weekly and ask myself if I am living these “principles.” These are the actions that I think will help me live my best life and it just makes me feel better to have them on a list. As January comes to a close, I can safely say that I doing well with most of them. Go me!