Setting goals for a new year
Resolutions, goals, and promises are in the air, after all, it’s a new year. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do?
Now some people get super-excited to the point of hyperventilating about the prospect of even considering creating one goal, let alone ten. They get all aflutter about the what-ifs. What if it’s stupid? What if I don’t start? What if it’s too hard? What if I don’t have time? What if I don’t follow through? What if, enough already.
I say, relax. At the end of the day, they’re just words, words on paper, words on a blog, words spewed out into the air. Is anyone standing at the gallows tree ready to hang you by your toes if you don’t get it done? Probably not.
Resolutions, goals, even promises like these are meant to give us some order and direction for the new year, a road map. They allow for twists and turns, for bends in the road and even u-turns. Their biggest contribution is in the push they give us to take the first step. So with that in mind, here we go:
My bookish reading goals
- Continue reading the classics. (See my Classics Club book list.)
- Sit down and tackle those short story anthologies. (See my Short Stories Challenge title list.)
- Read those blasted bought and unread books breathing heavily from my to-be-read piles (bookcases). (See my official 2013 TBR Pile Challenge list.)
- Make a serious effort to read back issues of the literary magazines and more personal essays. (See my my official 2013 Personal Essay reading plan.)
- Devour the stacks of mystery books scattered through the house that taunt and haunt me. (See my official 2013 Mystery Reading list.)
My bookish writing goals
Yes, I have some writing goals. I confess this a rather dicey area (see my previous post) but I’m going to come up with some and see if I can make something happen.
- Complete at least one short story.
- Complete at least one personal essay.
- Continue to blog.
- Review the books I’m reading this year.
- Read through all writing and material regarding the current novel.
That’s it for me. I’m keeping things modest as I don’t want to get overwhelmed. My overall goal is to slow down and take the time to do some deep reading, deeper thinking, and deep writing.
Help through the goal-setting process
If goal setting is a major issue, here’s a few suggested books. (I’m a fan of Brian Tracey’s.) How about you? Set your goals yet? Share your thoughts and comments below. Love to hear from you.
Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible
Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline
Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want And Getting It