Happy New Year!
I’m super excited about 2018. I’ll graduate with a culinary degree in May (still no clue what I’ll do once I get that paper), my middle son is graduating from high school, and I’m committed to kicking goal booty.
I gave my life goal list a bit of a makeover. While looking for items to add to my list, I came across a series of 30 by 30 lists. They’re like mini bucket lists. There’s a set number of goals and a more immediate deadline. How awesome is that? Once your S.M.A.R.T goals are defined and the end date are determined all that’s left is for you to take action steps to complete the goals.
I got to work revising my goal list. I included things that would challenge me, educated me, and most importantly, bring me joy. I was going to do 50 goals by 50, but I’m 5 years from there. So I decided to do 100 goals by the time I hit 50, which is May 19, 2023.
I made a page with all the goals, where I’ll be marking them off as I complete them. I actually started working on the list in November. There are way more than 100 goals on the page (right now 121). I’m sure that number will change as I discover new goals and release some back into the wild.
Because I have a tendency to get excited and want to do everything NOW, I’m working hard to slow down and pace myself. That means breaking down bigger and not so specific goals like into smaller, actionable steps. It also means giving myself a stopping point so I don’t spend a massive chunk of time on one goal/task at the expense of other goals when there’s not a rush. This is hard for me because I want to get stuff done NOW.
Setting up my goals this way has upped my motivation and pushed me out of the thinking/wanting to do stuff phase and into the get it done phase. In another post, I’ll share my specific goals for 2018 and how I’m tracking them.