So I clearly took the last post of procrastinating to heart by not writing for 2+ weeks…
Everyone I know has some sort of cathartic metamorphosis (not quite Kafka style) with a new year. I guess that is how a beginning is intended, all that newness just craves a plan forward. Most of us take a look at what we have, what we want, where we succeed, where we fail and then plot a path forward for the next term.
Personally I have plenty (by comparison to most in this world), want several things (stronger career certainty, more time with extended family, tighter butt, some silly materialistic things like vacations…), I succeed objectively (at being ‘constructively’ critical, seeking creative outlets, raising curious kids and running a schedule), and I fail a lot (being stubborn, being overwhelmed, being inconsistent, taking things personally…I could go on here).
Most of the time folks then try to parlay these into a set of goals for the year. Look on most writers blogs and you’ll see countless articles about goal setting all posted this 1st week after the new year (medium is a favorite site for good articles, their’s is here). For the last several years I have taken a slightly different tactic and instead of setting overarching personal ‘goals’, I instead list topics I want to learn more about. Now I’ve been a corporate gal and taken Six Sigma courses and power pointed my way through SMART goals….BUT, it doesn’t mean that’s the best way to progress at life…at least maybe not for me.