If you’re new to this blog, you may not realize yet what I’m like about goal-setting and achievements. If you want, you can start here. That post begins to explain how I am about goals, and why I do this annual check-in.
The first step is to take stock of the goals I set last year and check out how I did against them. Did I achieve what I set out to do? I wanted to meet three words that summed up what I wanted 2013 to feel like:
- Boundless physical energy, a strong, healthy, active body
- Alertness and awareness – aliveness
- Creative ideas spilling out and bubbling over
- Finishing creative projects – shipping them
- Connectedness between Brett and I, between friends and family
- Connectedness in the cosmic sense – compassion, oneness, energy, Namasté
And I created a list of 12 concrete items that lead toward those feelings. Then, a few weeks later I read an interesting book about habits I wanted to break and change. I’m adding the three main ones here, too. Here’s how I did against the original list.
- Go on a Greek honeymoon with Brett! – check!
- Finishing Maaneshin script and submitting – still in progress – issue one is about 75% ready
- Working on the collaborative script project underway – never begun by collaborator, but it looks like I’m moving this one into the 2014 projects
- Get to my target weight the healthy way (sleep, diet, fitness) – in progress
- Morning workouts for daily vigor – walking extra steps each morning!
- Name change (exit identity limbo) – still in progress (50%)
- Come up with a speaking topic for a conference and pitch it – Not begun
- Publishing contract for Salvaged – Still in progress
- Robust Author Platform to support that – Still in progress
- Agent queries, etc (if necessary) – Still in progress
- Get first draft of Quarantined done – Just begun
- Get Crashed printed in a magazine – Still in draft, tried other stories first
- Habit to break: Hitting the snooze 6-7 times when the alarm goes off in the morning. Habit to make: Practicing yoga during that time instead. – This was a Fail, but in a good way. I learned that the snooze actually served an important purpose in my emotional well-being. It was snuggly time with my husband, that when not included left me feeling disconnected from him and very, very needy.
- Habit to break: Checking social media and email every 30 seconds. Habit to make: Logging my food and activity. – In progress, actually. When I do avoid social media, I find that I am happier and have an easier time concentrating. I’ve begun logging food again in November 2013.
- Habit to break: Negative self-talk, Habit to make: mindfulness. – this one is interesting, because one thing I did this year was a Total wardrobe revamp – included a healthy dollop of self-acceptance and awareness.
Additional accomplishments in 2013 (not on original lists)
- Uncounted webcomic
- Started 140 characters serial blog story
- Exceeded my target number of Twitter followers
- Participated in Artipeep’s Hot Potato! collaborative story
- Started working through Vein of Gold
- Discovered that I like drawing cartoons (who knew!?)
- Walked an average of 11K steps per day every day through the month of June
- Brainstormed non-food instant gratification rewards for when my inner brat gets stompy
- Instituted weekly date nights after the honeymoon
- Practice daily “flopping”. Whether reading, meditation, yoga, napping, or just sitting under a cat with a cup of tea
- Attended my 20th year HS reunion in July
Overall, I do feel like I achieved the main goals of feeling connected, invigorated and generative. I’m not sure how I’ll be structuring my 2014 series of goals, but this year has felt very much a steady long haul of preparation moving toward the next. While the trips were much needed breaks and reconnections, I do feel like most of my creative and internal work are still leading up toward something much, much bigger!
- 4 Tips and Tools to keep you Focused on your 2014 Goals (green-umbrella.biz)
- January (Retrospect And Reminiscing #1) (miriamjoywrites.com)
- ZapThink’s 2013 Retrospective and Predictions for 2014 (cloudcomputing.sys-con.com)