Wow, January is already over and I’m shocked that it went by so quickly. This morning I spent some time reviewing my goals for the year and how my progress is coming along and while I’m on target in most areas there are a few I haven’t paid that much attention to.
I think there’s a certain power to constantly reviewing your goals. I don’t believe that the universe grants our wishes, or that a vision board will increase my bank balance. However I think that when you take the time to write something down and occasionally review it, that you help bring it to the forefront of your mind. I think one of the reasons that most people don’t accomplish their goals is that they forget they ever had them in the first place. By reviewing your goals you remind yourself that they exist and to look for opportunities in the world around you to help achieve them. I do a quick review every morning, and longer ones weekly, on the first of every month, and on the first of the year. I might start putting those up here, but haven’t decided yet.
Here’s a few of the things I’m focusing heavily on over the next year:
- Spanish – I took a couple of years in highschool but would like to be able to speak it conversationally.
- Programming – I’ve always been a really sub par programmer. So over the next year I’d like to try and develop something from the ground up as a way to improve. I’m toying with a few different project ideas and last year really started to pick up a lot of Python.
- Writing – I really enjoy writing, I like writing for this blog, I like writing fiction, I even enjoy writing up technical guides. This year I’m going to focus on that and try to create more content in a variety of different areas and places.
With each of these I have some more concrete goals attached, daily wordcount goals for writing, and daily vocabulary targets for Spanish, but in January I really didn’t push as hard as I should have. Without my monthly review I wouldn’t have even realized that I wasn’t making fast enough progress. An example would be my goal to read 100 books this year, I’m already a few books behind pace, partially because two of the books I finished last month were gigantic, but my goal was books read, not pages, so I can’t let that slow me down.
Now that January is over how much progress have you made on everything you said that you wanted to accomplish this year? The clock is ticking…