I love this time of year because I like to look ahead, and plan what I can do to become better, and how I can enjoy life more! In part, I am sure this came from the multiple lessons my parents gave us on goals. They encouraged us to set goals, and I did.
Once, a few years ago, I found a list of my summer goals from when I was about 12. It made me laugh. I listed many things I was going to practice every day, and the amount of time I was going to do each (down to an exact minute like 8, or 12). This included acting practice, drawing practice, piano practice, flute practice, writing practice, and I can't even remember the rest. I doubt I could remember them back then without a cheat sheet. I filled almost every minute of the day with things to practice! I suspect these goals worked for one day -- maybe a week if I was super disciplined, but I'm sure they didn't make it any longer than that! I think there were a few flaws with my plan, but here is the biggest one:
There were too many goals. Some people can do whole lists of goals at once, but I become overwhelmed by them, and start to feel like my whole life is a chore. It's like a permanent to-do list added to the regular, more variable, to-do list! It is also true that with that many goals I simply can't remember what all I am working on! I do like making a list, and checking things off, but with that many goals, it is hard to do them all every day. Soon, discouragement sets in, and discouragement is a killer of goals!
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