I resolve never to make New Year’s Resolutions.
That doesn’t mean that I drift from one year to the next without trying to improve a few things. But I make goals instead of resolutions.
Resolutions tend to be negative: lose weight, quit smoking, etc, while goals are positive. Every year I put my goals down in a different way. Sometimes I write them down on a legal pad. Last year I made a document in OmniOutliner. This year I’m making an Excel spreadsheet.
Categories reside in the far left column, while months run along the top. My goal spreadsheet encompasses both business goals and personal goals because I am just one person with a limited number of hours in any day. I cannot over-plan in one area without potentially destroying any chance of completing items in another area.
I have also left most of the grid blank. I’ve dropped in items for January and February, but only added a handful of things in March-December. Why? Because life has a funny way of turning our plans upside down.
Work-wise, if I get positive feedback on one or two critical items, then that will change my priorities for the months to follow.
Personal-wise, we are planning to buy a new house this year. Whatever month that actually occurs, I guarantee that all crafty and many worky things will have to be postponed or abandoned altogether for a period of three weeks+ while we paint the new house, pack the old, move the old, and do those last-minute fixes on the old house before we put it on the market. So will that be May? June? July? Dunno.
I won’t bore you with my work goals, but here are my personal goals for January.
- Finish one serviceman’s sock
- Finish left front of V-neck cardigan
- Reach arms of bi-color cable
- Complete 1st chart of shawl
- Complete Sea feral purse
- Practice spiral crochet on waste yarn
- Finish shield quilt
- Finish domino frame
- Complete Aventuras en la Ciudad
- Watch/listen to 2 language podcasts every day
In other news, my eagle-eyed spouse sent me a to a NY Times article that credits The Yarn Harlot for adding a new word to the English language.
Happy New Year!