I’m feeling great about this! This has been a much more intensive process than I’ve done in the past, but I think this extra time I’ve spend has the potential to really pay off in the coming year. It just comes down to making specific, measurable goals to work on. This is something I’ve known, intellectually, for some time. But somehow we humans don’t always put into practice the things we know.
I sat down, and I’ve created a weekly assessment/goal calendar. So every Sunday – yes, EVERY Sunday, which is a doable 52 events over the year – I’m going to sit down, review the progress I made in the past week, and identify the goals for the coming week. Some things will be easy, some will be more challenging. Some of my goals won’t have any data to chart every single week, but it will be good to keep track of to keep me focused on the overall goal.
Knowing what has worked for me in the past, I feel this weekly tally on an actual piece of paper is setting up a process that will support me and help focus my crazy brain. And every checkmark will be further motivation to success.
Assessment is ongoing. If I find something isn’t working, I’m always free to change it. I can modify a difficult goal to be more basic, or if I find something is too easy I can make it more challenging. This isn’t about tying myself to one set of goals for an entire year. Really this is about finding the process that is going to help keep me more focused and productive throughout the coming year and hopefully into all the years after that. To make me accountable. Though I’m satisfied with the goals I’ve come up with, I’m ultimately more interested in building a foundation that I can grow with.
Also to keep things fun and interesting, I’m going to keep some lists. Lists of museums I go to, events I attend, classes I take, whatever I’m up to. Whatever your goals are, having a way to measure and quantify your success makes it even more fun and creates another positive feedback loop in the system.
You are a part of my feedback system. Thank you to everyone who is reading, commenting here on the blog and the Facebook page, and sending me emails. Your support is incredibly helpful and encouraging. Change doesn’t always come easy, and your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you will join me in the crusade to make 2014 remarkable. Together we are strong. Together we can do it. And together, we will be extraordinary.