I’m not very good at setting goals.
Oh, I’ll make rash decisions to do things, but then the follow-through rarely happens. It’s a lack of discipline and planning and work on my part. My brain doesn’t automatically function in an organized, logical fashion. It’s all over the place and it’s difficult to make myself stay focused on any one thing long enough to complete it.
I have no earthly idea how I made it through college and graduate school. It’s a miracle of sorts.
Last year I jumped on the “pick a word to represent your year” bandwagon. I chose Better. The word stuck with me all throughout the year. I thought of it often and in ways it certainly motivated me and kept me on track, but it’s too vague. It floats around with no real purpose or focus.
It’s right up my ally.
Picking a word for the year suits my personality and my scatter-brained mind perfectly and that’s exactly the reason I am not choosing a word to govern my 2014.
I am setting specific, concrete goals with time constraints. Come June, I will reevaluate my goals. Hopefully I’ve met some of them and I’ll be able to cross them off and create a new “to-do” list with new time constraints.
The Lord has been impressing on me the need to work, like this is my time, my season in life, to pump out the work. I am in a different place than I was just six or seven years ago. It’s a new season for me, a time to work.
I’m super-hesitant to share my goals. I want to keep them to myself, because then if I fail, it will be a personal failure and the rest of you will all go on thinking I’m doing great. I can make excuses to myself, but when I’m accountable to all of you, what am I going to say?
I’m focusing on “work” goals first, because I do believe it’s my season of life to work. I’m also easing into it. I know if I set too many goals in too many areas of my life, I won’t be able do everything. Then I’ll get discouraged and quit. So, I’m focusing.
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- Write an eBook. Have it ready to launch by May 1st, in time for Mother’s Day. I’ve already given this quite a bit of thought, but I’m not ready to spill beans on the blog. This book won’t be for mothers, but for women in general. It will include some “mother-ish” type stuff though, but it won’t be the theme.
- Form a Tribe. I’ve talked about this before in my blogging tips. When I began blogging I connected with large handful of bloggers. We supported, encouraged, commented, and promoted. Most of those blogger quit blogging long ago. The others have made it big. I’m right here still using up too many words and being mediocre. I feel a little like a lone wolf. If you have similar goals as mine, maybe you’ll want to connect with me.
- Reach 100,000 page views per month. If you’re not a blogger, this means little to you. It’s a goal. I want to be consistently hitting these numbers by June. I can’t do this alone, hence the need for a Tribe. (Hence? Does anyone even use that word? Goal: Use normal words.)
- Go to a Blog Conference. In the five years I’ve been blogging, I have never gone to a blog conference or connected with other bloggers in real life. This is bloggy suicide. I need to make friends.
- Increase my Earnings. I need to make money for things like toilet paper and tickets to blog conferences. You get this. I set a specific dollar goal for this upcoming year.
- Buy a Camera. Toilet paper comes first, but the camera is a close second. I take all my pictures with my phone. It’s the best camera I own. So, while other bloggers apologize for their crappy phone pictures, I’m like “Wow! Can you believe this picture? My phone did that!!” Lame. Spend money on your tools. I gave that advice, but I’ve never been good at taking my own advice.
- Redesign my blog. Keep it colorful and funky while adding more white space. Those green boxes in my sidebar drive me batty. My knowledge is limited and I have no money for a designer. We use a lot of toilet paper. You understand. Having said all that, I can do better. I have a clearer picture in my head of what I’d like my blog to look like. If you’re a blog designer and want lots of free advertising and internet love, email me. Perhaps we can work together.
- Finish Not My Life. I’ve come to think of this as a bathroom book. It’s just funny in a silly way and it’s entertaining. It’s easy to read and doesn’t require much brain power or thinking. It’s plain fun. I need to finish it by December 31, 2014. I want it published traditionally.
- Amp up WIWW. Friends, I have the lamest WIWW posts on the planet; however, Wednesdays are always my highest numbers. I need to get dressed more and I need to find a better place to take pictures. A real camera wouldn’t hurt either, but we’ve already discussed this. I feel stupid every single time my husband or kids click a picture of me. I want you to know that. I do it because I enjoy seeing other women’s outfits. They inspire me. Plus, I don’t want to sit around in my fluffy pink robe all day, every day. My husband doesn’t want that either. You know?
I don’t just want to do better in 2014. I want to do my best.
Failure is always an option.
I’m serious about that too. I don’t want to fail, but I’m willing to risk failure. It’s worth it.
Now, what about you?
Have you set any goals recently or for this coming year?
What season of life do you think you are in?
If you need help setting goals, gaining motivation, and getting things done, read Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy. I recently read it on recommendation from Ruth at Living Well Spending Less and it’s a very motivational book with practical, clear tips to help you get things done.