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07 January 2013 @ 03:08 pm
2012 - Goals.  
I’m not a big believer in New Years’ Resolutions. For one, if they are for the new year, then it kind of gives you the idea that you can only set them once a year or if you fail, you have to wait until next year to try again. I am more for goals, something you are striving towards so that even if you miss a week of not meeting those goals, you can keep striving towards them. Here’s a list of my goals I set in 2012.


Write 500 words a week - I hit this goal every week, all year long! This goal was really just designed to make me sit down at least once a week and write. Some weeks, when I was not feeling well or just drained of words, I would only hit the 500 mark. But more often than not, once I was sitting down and writing, I would surpass that goal. That’s only 2,000 words a month and I actually never had a month where I came in less than 4,000.

Post 12 times a month - This goal was designed because so often I get distracted when I turn on the computer and then a week has gone by and I haven’t posted once. When in fact, if I had the time, I could post everyday, that’s how much stuff I have to say. (whose surprised that I could talk that much?)

Read 5 books for the year - When I was a kid, I read two or three books a month. I don’t know what happened as I got older, but I have slacked off considerably. But I figured this was a decent goal. The thing is that once I pick up a book, I get so into it that I don’t have a problem finding time to read it. The problem is getting myself to step away from everything else and actually pick up the book in the first place. I ended up reading 6 books this year!

I think those were my only goals last year. Also little things, like making sure my room is straightened up before my sister comes into clean it and things like that.

This year’s goals are similar in theme.

Write 1,000 words a week - I know I can hit the 4,000 a month mark easily enough but I have to learn not to leave my weekly writing until Saturday night when I am all exhausted, so that I am able to hit the higher weekly word count of 1,000 words.

Post 12 times a week - I thought about upping this to ‘15 times a week’, but 12 was a nice mark last year, and making it three times a week seems like a good goal.

Read 10 books this year - I am really challenging myself with this one. I am going to try for a book a month. It seems like an easy goal right now, after having just read two books last month, but we’ll see once the year starts to get away from me.

Spend one afternoon a month organizing my room - I started some projects a few summers ago and was paying my mom a little extra cash for two hours of work a week, mostly just carrying things back and forth for me while I sorted. She only lasted two weeks though, so I have a bunch of half-finished projects in my room now. I figure even if I need my sister to lift things for me, two hours a month isn’t imposing on her too much.

Exercise for 15 minutes three times a week - This is mild compared to how much I used to exercise. I think I slacked off when I stopped being able to do so much of my routine due to strain on my neck. But 45 minutes a week seems reasonable and a good way to get back into it. I didn’t do this the first week of the year already though (oops!), but I figure I spent enough time while my sister was sick and then out of town, just cleaning up and doing all the straightening that she usually does, that I was still moving around more than I usually am.

I also think this is the year I will finally revamp my LJ tags, which I have been wanting to do for awhile. I figure I can go through them one month at a time, January in January, February in February, etc. So my tags will be messed up for awhile, but the fanfic tags will still be there, so my dicking around won’t really affect anyone but me. I am also adding to this year’s list, ‘extra attention for Roo and Buddy every day’, petting, playing, brushing. Now that they are getting older, that one-on-one time is even more important, as they have gotten less active these days.

How about you all - any goals for 2013?
 
 
 
Who'da thought, baby? We're civilians.dugindeep on January 7th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the moving around bit. I will never be skinny and/or a marathon runner but I need to just like, walk around more, or just use the stupid elliptical that I hate yet got for free and currently takes up lots of space in my bedroom. I'm also trying to eat a lil better to ~slowly lose weight, as opposed to ultra crazy turnaround.

This is not really working just yet, except that I have gone all ultra crazy in the last two days in thinking about my diet because I'm going to the doctor in a month for bloodwork and a full physical, and I want him judging me a lil less harshly if I lose some weight between now and then. Ugh, I hate this part. LOL

I also want to read more ~real things. I actually am a very ADD reader on general things and have like 10 books on my shelf that I bought over time and never read. I need to get back to those.

Good luck for your goals bb!
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on January 8th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
There are some things about my body I'll never be able to change and the older I get, the worse my knees/hips will get, but whatever I can do to keep that day at bay is a good thing. A few years ago when I exercised regularly, I actually did have some muscles that were slightly visible and I kind of liked that feeling, you know. I just need to ease back into it.

gone all ultra crazy in the last two days in thinking about my diet because I'm going to the doctor in a month for bloodwork and a full physical, and I want him judging me a lil less harshly if I lose some weight between now and then.

I go through that too, more often when I am going back to physical therapy and I know they will be all like, "Have you kept up on the routine we gave you?" which I, of course, have NOT. I think doctors can sometimes be appeased by you showing that you are thinking 'healthier' at the least. Like having a healthy diet and even some mild exercise can appease them. My doctor is pretty happy if I am at least going to therapy and not laying on the couch all day. (but damn, doctors can be so judgemental, can't they?)

Reading more is a good goal! Not that fanfic isn't awesome, but I need to read more books. Also, I have a giant stack of borrowed books that I am sure people (mostly my brother) would like back at some point. What's next on your to-read-list? Despite all the borrowed books I just mentioned, I am going to see about picking up Warm Bodies, because I would like to read it before the movie comes out.

Good luck for your goals bb!

Thank you! You too!
Jojo: Stock ⇒ Booksjojothecr on January 7th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
Write 1000 words a week
That sounds actually pretty good. It's a nice wordcount, but low enough so you can actually concentrate on creating the story instead of just adding words. (I know I do that during MiniNaNoWriMo)

The problem is getting myself to step away from everything else and actually pick up the book in the first place
I so know what you mean. When I have some time, I try to write, and well, reading is very distracting. It can be inspiring, but most of the time, it puts me down, because I know I can never write something as good. I read every day, though, in the bathtub. Can't you try that, too, maybe?

Exercise for 15 minutes three times a week
*\o/* You can do that. I have faith in you. ;)

How about you all - any goals for 2013?
Survive. lol. Get a job. Definitely that. Write more stories. Better ones. Think positive.
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on January 8th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
low enough so you can actually concentrate on creating the story instead of just adding words.

That's true. You know, I was pushing so hard on a few stories I was working on this fall, trying to reach a deadline, and by the end I wasn't sure any of it was any good anymore. It fried my brain. I don't want to do that again! Mostly, I think just making myself sit down once a week and write is a good way to not let the muses dry up.

When I have some time, I try to write, and well, reading is very distracting.

You know what I actually have a problem with? Trying to write in my own style at the same time that I am reading a book in a vastly different style. I was reading all the Harry Potter books during my West Wing phase and I noticed that my American politicans I was writing all sounded like British school children. lol Or even just words and phrases start sounding like the author I am reading, instead of my own voice. It's why writing/reading don't usually mesh for me.

I read every day, though, in the bathtub. Can't you try that, too, maybe?

Sadly, I can't take baths anymore. The hard tub and awkward angle wreaks havoc on my joints, which is weird since baths are suppose to be good for your joints.

*\o/* You can do that. I have faith in you. ;)

Thank you! I am about to try my first 15 minutes of exercise today, after I finish replying to comments. Here goes nothing!

Survive. lol. Get a job. Definitely that. Write more stories. Better ones. Think positive.

Yes, I too would like to survive - sometimes easier said than done. ;) I think your postive thinking and keeping track of it is such a good idea. Writing more is always good too!
elfscribe5: lamppostelfscribe5 on January 7th, 2013 11:52 pm (UTC)
Good goals.

I find it is good to reflect on what I accomplished and what I want to achieve around January but I'm crap at keeping to goals and schedules. I'm trying to write more, a lot more. A word count goal is a good idea. Salix suggested I post what I've done publicly as an incentive. My other goals include major house cleaning. Maybe that's a good incentive right there to make the other goals so odious that writing seems like a treat. lol.
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on January 8th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
A word count goal is a good idea.

I used to have a goal of a certain amount of time spent writing, 'a half hour three times a week' or something like that, but I found I get more done with an actual word count goal.

My other goals include major house cleaning. Maybe that's a good incentive right there to make the other goals so odious that writing seems like a treat. lol.

LOL Yeah, that could work too! Right now I am excited about some of my organization projects (I do like to be organized!) but I am guessing by April I will be so tired of that particular goal.

Good luck to you on the writing in 2013! (and the house cleaning, but I am not as excited to see the prouduct of that labor!)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 8th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
Write more better fiction.
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on January 9th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Write more better fiction.

I can get behind this goal! More fic from you! Now if your job would stop stressing you out so you could actually do this, that would be great too.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on January 9th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC)
Right? :)

The planning aspect isn't as bad as last year, thank goodness, but the 10th grade English classes sometimes make me very frustrated.
Deni: Smiling future!Casdenig37 on January 8th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
You should try this one too :-D

http://thesurrealist.co.uk/newyear
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on January 9th, 2013 01:08 am (UTC)
Dude.

"In 2013, dodger_sister resolves to...
Eat more criminal minds.
Go cheerleading three times a week.
Cut down to ten cw rps a day.
Stop dancing with dodger_sister.
Tell my family about movies.
Give up zombies."

I am onboard with more cheerleading and yeah, okay, cutting down CW RPS does seem like a good goal, but I will NOT give up zombies!! LOL This cracked me up.
lanie: celebrateprincesslanie on January 11th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
your goals sound doable, good luck. hugs.

my goals are (i like the term goals instead of resolutions to)
spend less time on computer, shivers when i think about this one lol.

be a bit nicer to those around me.

an oldie but goodie lose a bit more weight.

Edited at 2013-01-11 05:08 am (UTC)
dodger_sister: smiledodger_sister on January 13th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

(i like the term goals instead of resolutions to)

:) Yeah, 'resolutions' feels like, well then if you fail, you're shit out of luck. But 'goals', well if you don't hit it, that's okay, just keep shooting for the goal, you know.

spend less time on computer, shivers when i think about this one lol.

lol Yeah, that should probably be one of my goals too but I don't wanna! (actually, if I am aiming to read more books and do more exercising, then I am actually going to be on the computer less by default, right?)

be a bit nicer to those around me.

Yeah. Last year I resolved to try not to be such a bitch about my family. It didn't go so well. I mean, sometimes I have legitimate things to complain about, but sometimes I feel like I am just being a bitch for no good reason.

an oldie but goodie lose a bit more weight.

I hear that one too. I'd like to go for not 'losing weight' so much as 'firming up' a little. Though a little weight loss would be nice and I have cut back to all diet sodas now and have a lot less sugar in my regular day-to-day than I used to. It's a start.

Your goals all sound reasonable too! Good luck!