Yesterday, I mentioned that 2010 felt like the year of less. So I’m declaring 2011 the year of more (I like balance).
I don’t really like resolutions because they don’t really work. Well, at least not for me (how many have you kept? be honest). They feel like rules and I get weird about rules. I sometimes find rules annoying and will rebel just because. Then other times I’m a stickler for the rules. Go figure. I can’t explain that one.
Anyway, I’m setting goals for 2011, and to track them, I’ve borrowed a page from a past life.
As a manager, I was involved in a lot of “road map planning”. Which is just a fancy way of saying I planned what got done when and by whom (not that it usually happened according to plan).
There were quarterly road maps and yearly road maps. And while I dreaded the activity back then (mostly due to all the meetings), it feels like the right approach for this year to organize my goals into a my very own road map (and yay! no meetings!).
I have big goals for myself and for this blog for the year, and I have broken those into smaller quarterly goals (at least I’ve got Q1 planned). I’m going to review my goals periodically and see how I’m doing as the year progresses (and make adjustments as needed).
Here are my goals for the year of more:
- Create more space and time. I’m not talking quantum physics, I just mean I want to reduce the amount of stuff I have (more space), and reduce wasted time (skimming those newsletters I thought I “should” read but never really do, sorting through junk mail, hunting for stuff due to being disorganized, etc).
- More health. More active. Eat more vegetables. Exercise more regularly… stuff like that.
- Write more. This is both a personal and a blog goal.
- Personally, I want to be a writer, but I didn’t write much of anything in 2010. So duh, I gotta write more in 2011.
- As for this blog, I neglected it in 2010. It’s like the houseplant that you only water when it looks like it is starting to wilt… it may be alive but it isn’t really growing or thriving. So I plan to water this blog regularly by writing 2 recipes plus a couple of other non-food posts per week.
- Make more money. This isn’t a greed-based goal. It’s just that Reality has hit. I didn’t make money in 2010. No joke. I lived off of my savings for 3/4 of the year. And while I did enjoy the time off, it’s time to get to work!
- Love more. I want to volunteer some of my time to help others. And I want to spend more time nurturing my relationships.
- Create more. My creative muscle needs some flexing.
- Dream more. Reach for the stars.
- Laugh more. Don’t take things so seriously. Lighten up. Crack jokes. Smile. Have fun!
So some of those are goals and some are more like themes I’d like to keep this year, but that is my 2011 outlook in a nutshell.