Friday, January 8, 2016

Goals and Resolutions

Well, we're one week in on 2016.  Time for those resolutions to kick in, if you made any, and for this year's goals to get set. 

I don't usually do resolutions. I do goals.  I know, I know, same diff.  But it's a mental thing for me.  I sit down at the beginning of a year and RESOLVE to do something, I fail.  I set up goals at the beginning of the year and work toward them, and more often than not, I achieve what I set out to do. 

I did make one resolution this year.  I will buy and read one 'new-to-me' indie author a month.  That one, if I make it a goal, will fall by the wayside.  As a resolution, it has a better shot.

My goals for the year are pretty simple.

1)  Be active every day.  In some way.  It doesn't have to be formal exercise.  Although, I have been formally exercising for the past few days (well, dancing and formal exercises in five minute intervals).  Taking a walk works.  Heavy duty cleaning works.  As long as I'm moving and putting those muscles to use, maybe getting the heart pumping a little harder than my usual sedentary rate, it counts.

2) Publish 4 books this year.  Three are already written, so there's just editing, etc. to make them publishable. The other won't be published until November, so I have plenty of time to finish it.

3) Finish 2 first drafts this year.  Like I said, I already have one partway written, but I need to find the time to write the other from start to THE END.

4) Read at least 70 books.  The 12 indie-author books will count toward this.  I read 77 last year, so this should be a doable goal.

All of them should be doable.  That's the thing about goals.  They should probably make you stretch yourself a little, but they should be realistic.  I can do these things without killing myself. Making a goal like 'lose 10 lbs' would set me up for failure.  If I lose 10 lbs by exercising every day, awesome.  If not, as long as I can be more active, I'll be happy.  (My squonky parts ache worse if I'm an inactive person.)

What about you?  Do you make goals or resolutions?  How are you at achieving them?  What goals do you have for 2016?


Karyn Good said...

Great goals, B.E.! You've got it covered - health, work, and leisure! Practical and sustainable goals to get you where you want to be!

jblynn said...

Impressive goals! I can't wait to see how you do with them. (Guessing you'll rock them all.)

I'm drinking water, singing scales and writing, so I'm making progress.