I cannot believe we’re at the end of 2012…
and with that bit of pithiness, let’s have a look back at how things went for me with my goals…
I would say, I got more done than not done. 3 out of 5 were met (although one of those got revised a bit).
Running 10 miles was a success! I ran my first 10 miles in August. I hit a snag in October when I didn’t get to the gym on Saturday mornings between hurricane Sandy, travel, and colds. I was working on getting the ten done more quickly, but thanks to the snag, I’m working my way back up on speed (but have managed to run 10 the last few times out).
Write 200 posts. By the end of January, I changed this to 175-200. I realized pretty quickly that four a week was too demanding for me…even when I downshifted to three it sometimes felt like a chore. I hit 175 with my last post, so I can cross this off the list. And, no more absolute blogging goals unless I participate in some sort of challenge. I envision moving forward with 2-3 times a week…but who knows…if it’s 1-2 then it’s 1-2.
I said I was going to go through 3 chapters of the book Organize Now and get my life together. This so did not happen. Even as I kept revising the goal, it didn’t happen. I’m interested in being organized, but apparently just want it to happen by magic. So, this wasn’t a success, but I’ve been thinking a lot about how I spend my time and energy, and made some strides (my bedroom dresser is still clear [okay, there are some temporary items on it while I figure out where some Christmas gifts go, but it's pretty clear]…so maybe one day….
I wanted to read 25 books in 2012. Totally
exceeded this one, having read 32. So, I’m glad I had this goal as reading is important to me and sometimes knowing that I had a number spurred me on (interesting how this differed with my blogging goal).
And my total crash and burn, taking better care of my hands (as I type this, I can feel the dryness between my fingers). I don’t know why using hand cream is so difficult (my guess is that it’s inconvenient, if I use cream after I wash my hands, my hands are all slippery…I bought lots of hand products, but never consistently used any).
So, in looking for why I was able to meet three, but not the other two, I’m not sure what the pattern is. Maybe it’s the easily seen increments…always easy to see how I was making progress, whereas the other two, I had no real way of measuring beyond a more “organized” life (whatever) that means or softer hands. Maybe I was just more interested in doing those three, maybe it was because those were three habits I already had in place (I was already running, reading, and blogging). This has been something for me to ponder as I consider what I’d like to achieve in 2013.
And on that note, have a safe and happy New Year’s!