I’ll be upfront here. The purpose of this post isn’t for you. It’s for me. Chances are you aren’t going to read it anyways because my yearly new years goals get very few page views, but feel free to read on if you’d like.
Last year’s goals were to:
- Wake up earlier
- Learn more about SEO
- Find something I’m passionate about
I would say that I partially accomplished all of them and didn’t fall flat in any particular one. I now wake up early and exercise, I understand SEO, content marketing, and advertising much more, and have found an interest that keeps me up at night. I would say that I have greatly improved myself over the last year.
Oh the weather outside is weather
I have however noticed a correlation between the motivation to accomplish my goals and the time of the year. I have found that my goals are put on hold in the late spring and late summer. I accomplish the “most” during winter, late fall, early spring, and mid summer. However, when the weather is nice, I don’t have much motivation to do much. All I want to do is hop on my bike, head to the beach, and soak in the rays.
Although this could be taken negatively, during the times where it is beautiful outside, I am a much happier person and move into the next season recharged and ready to accomplish everything I set out to.
This year’s goals
Run a 10K
After last year’s nasty knee injury and my inability to run for more than ten minutes because of my knee injury, I’ve decided I need to get back in the game. I have given my body enough time to heal and won’t push myself in a way that I will reinjure my knee. Plus, I’m always happier and more productive on days that I exercise.
I’ve already started the Couch to 5K plan. Week five is over and done with and I ran for a whole twenty minutes non-stop yesterday. For someone who has ran multiple half-marathons before, I never thought I would be excited about a twenty minute run, but I am soooo excited. I feel like I’ve rediscovered a part of me that was abandoned when I became injured.
Buy Less Stuff
This year, I gave away more than a few garbage bags worth of clothes, bags, shoes, and other unnecessary things. It felt amazing. I gave it to people who would appreciate it more than I would and I de-cluttered my apartment at the same time. Looking back, I don’t miss anything I gave away.
To keep with the trend of de-cluttering, this year I would like to implement a one-in, one-out rule. For everything I purchase that is not for me, I need to give something else away.
I feel like the less stuff you own, the more de-cluttered your mind is, plus, it makes moving a whole hell of a lot easier.
Set up a stock photography account
This goal is two fold. First, it is to set up an account, but secondly, it is to take more pictures. Because you need good photographs to qualify for a stock account, this means that I will need to take more pictures to set up an account and take more pictures to upload new content once and a while.
Photography stock websites are also picky about how the photograph is composed, lighted, edited, etc. This will teach me how to capture the perfect shot and how to use Photoshop to edit my photos.
There you go. My goals for the new year.
- Run a 10K
- Buy Less Stuff
- Take More Pictures
I can sooooo do this. Bring it on, 2013.