Last month, I posted here about setting our annual goals, and a bunch of you weighed in with your dreams and aspirations. How are yours going? How’re you doing on those goals? Did you set up some kind of intermediate goals so you could inch toward them every week and month?
Nah, me neither. I mean, I DID. I all but built spreadsheets, I was so motivated. It’s easy to feel that way in January. But now I’m working fulltime (writing this post in 2011), babysitting my wonderful amazing granddaughter, and my productive time tends to occur in three one-hour periods during the nine hours I’m with her. Working people, I feel ya!
But guess what? Since I have so little dedicated brain-time, I have to make sure I use what I’ve got, and so every night when I pack my briefcase, I ask myself, what one or two tasks could I knock off tomorrow? As a result, I’m actually pretty focused. I finished my book (again), submitted the entire manuscript to two contests, and am halfway through an online class with Writer Mama Christina Katz. I’m not tracking on Weight Watchers, but I’m packing 2/3 of my meals into a lunch box and taking it to “work” every day, so I’m maintaining my weight goal.
Some things I’m not doing. I’m not going to the gym, for example, but I think I get enough exercise using the stairs and caring for my granddaughter. You remember how much you get up and down off the floor with an infant? Carry them in one arm while warming a bottle with the other? Etc. So I’m counting all that.
Anyway, I hope you are inching incrementally toward your goals. If you’re having trouble getting started, just pick one thing you would like to see done in six months and figure out what you can do once a week to move in the right direction. Then tell us about it, and check back in and tell us how you’re doing. I think we’d all feel more motivated, knowing you’re out there kicking the can down the road, too. There are no heroes here, just a bunch of hardworking sisters who want to do better.
How are you doing?