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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?
Tags: books ah books, cats are squishy fun!, family circus, lj stuffs, new years rockin eve!, real life, sister oh sister, that's why they call it a workout, writing blahblahblahing
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