How many days until…

Each year I set some personal goals for myself. I wouldn’t consider them “resolutions” so much as achievements. I started with my 30 Before 30 list. Although I try to keep my annual list more manageable (and smaller) these days, my goals are meant to better my life, help narrow my focus and drown out the noise, and to hold myself accountable for what I truly want in life.

Can you guess where this is going? As we close in on the end of 2016, I’ve accomplished many of my goals. Some I’ve modified along the way – which I did even with my 30 Before 30 list. I think it’s important to be flexible as information and circumstances change. But it’s also important not to change a goal because I couldn’t be bothered to put any effort into it. For example, it doesn’t look like I’ll get to use my passport this year, but I will be taking the longest trip (both in flight time and vacation time) I’ve ever taken when we head to Hawaii next week. So, goal modified.

But what have I been slacking on?

I wanted to create at least one new blog post per week. This would come to 52 posts by the end of the year. I have a considerable amount of work to do in this department. I’m going to need to get creative and harness my time. I have plenty of ideas – I even separated my photos into “photos to print” and “photos for blog posts” last week – but I haven’t been putting in the effort.

I’m typing this on my phone while it’s slow at work. I can use this time to write – even a little – instead of googling which dinosaurs used to live in North America or reading another biased news article. These mobile posts won’t be my most eloquent but they’ll get the job done – and most importantly, they’ll get me writing more often. I’ll get better at writing when I even have a few spare minutes.

Sometimes I’m bad at starting because I’m not ready or the project isn’t perfect. I hesitate to show any vulnerability. But I’m human, and my life isn’t perfect, and these goals are for me.

So here we go, you last little bit of 2016. I have to write 29 more posts (excluding this one) in 47 days. Totally feasible. I’m now publicly holding myself accountable.

How do you keep yourself on track when the going gets tough or you’re not sure you can continue because it’s not perfect?

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