Goals and me, we have never really gotten along very well. I have been taught various methods of making achievable goals throughout my career (most notably the SMART Method) but still I don’t make them.
The plus side to this is that I am never in a situation where I have pressure about succeeding or failing my goals.
During one stint of a goal keeping session my mentor said goals are best when they’re written down and vocalised to other people. Let people know that you’re working towards something so that you are accountable for the outcome. She excitedly thrust a piece of paper and pen in front of me and asked me to scribble down some ideas that could be turned into goals.
I looked down at the piece of paper blankly, the pen shaking in my hand, while she hovered around me anticipating all the things I’d write down and how she could help me work towards them. The paper stayed blank and instead she asked me questions about who inspired me, who did I look up to? I couldn’t answer, I’d never really thought of it before and while she babbled to me about all the many people who inspired her I wondered how she could so easily tell me about all these things she wanted to do and how inspirational people made her feel without worrying about what would happen if she didn’t succeed.
How can someone so easily tell the world about all these things they may never actually do?
And so it came that I never made concrete goals, as it was easier not to rather than fear failing them.
The negative to this that I mostly just cruise through life and see what happens without a huge amount of direction. I pick up hobbies and then drop them when they become too hard and never really push myself to become better at anything, unless it comes naturally.
This year I am going to try to branch out and not be afraid of failing and see what new hobbies and adventures I can have in 2016.These are the goals I have for 2016, let’s see how I go:
Lose 20kg by 31/12/2016
Why: So that I can work towards a healthy weight again.
- Separate it into blocks of 5kg per quarter. This equals only 1.6kg per month
- Work on eating healthier snacks with less refined sugar
- 1 thick shake per workweek! (you know how I love thick shakes)
- Build up exercise gradually, focusing on strength training (at this point I’m happy with the cardio I get walking to and from bus stops and on lunch breaks)
Learn to crochet! (More than scarves)
Why: I enjoy doing crochet but sometimes find myself getting frustrated with it and giving up. I’d like to improve my skills and make some nice items.
- Look up left handed beginner patterns online to learn basic technique
- Buy a bigger range of hooks and some different types of yarns
- Purchase a kit or two to get started
Cook at least one new meal a month
Why: So that I have more variety of meals available to make and also to improve on my cooking skills.
- Finally put all of those cooking website bookmarks to use!
- Don’t get intimidated by long lists of ingredients (especially if the recipe is marked “easy”)
- Buy more staple ingredients so there is no excuse not to make something
Visit at least 12 new food places by 31/12/2016
Why: My blog currently features a café/restaurant review every second week so I need to make sure I’m eating at new places to keep that up. It’s also nice to see what places are around as well.
- Find some interesting places around Canberra to eat at that are new, highly rated or not well known
- Start a list of places I want to visit and start doing it!
Work on improving All The Me
Why: Why not really? Who doesn’t want to keep on improving their blog and seeing the improvements they’ve made along the year
- Create a bio for myself. I really hate creating “about me” sections but they can make a blog feel more personal
- Improve quality of photos for the blog including both food and other types of posts
- Add contact options so people can get hold of me without having to comment
- Post at least once a week – I did this for most of last year, I can do it again!
I think these are a good place to start! I don’t think they’re overly tricky but still something to work towards and they’re mostly fun things to do!