Infographic: Setting Goals

Back at the beginning of the month, I discussed my goals for 2013. As a follow-up to that post, I’d like to share an infographic a reader mentioned recently (see end of blog post).

I fall into the 17% of individuals who sometimes make New Years’ Resolutions.  Which category are you in?  I don’t believe in making resolutions just because it’s what everybody always does at the end of the year.  I do believe in purposeful decisions made with all the facts and sometimes it helps if you have a memorable launch date if it helps you stick to your goals.

Last year, when I won NaNoWriMo, I didn’t wait until Day 1 to get my act together on the writing front.  I spent most of October prepping a synopsis, making Pinterest boards of inspirational imagery, thinking about my characters, etc.

Here’s a list of questions to consider when you’re setting goals:

1.) What are your goals?

2.) Have you written them down yet?

3.) Have you considered the sacrifice and commitment these goals require?

4.) What’s your target date to finish/achieve your goals?

Out of the 5 top resolutions from 2012, for 2013, I hit #2 – Get Organized, with my goals to get my clutter in order and work on recycling more.  So how ARE my goals going so far?

Personal Goals ~ 

This month, I’ve attended my first knitting and crocheting class, I’m keeping up on the laundry, I’ve managed to read the Bible at least 1x a week, and I’ve made an effort to straighten up around the house (still a long way to go…).

On the downside, I’m not making an attempt to keeping any plants alive until spring. I think I’ll throw out the dead plants then and start over.  I’ve had a lingering cough for about 6 weeks now.  I also haven’t attempted anything in terms of cooking yet.  I need to work on all this (sigh).

Funny enough, God has stepped in and I now am developing other goals I never intended…  You never know where the next bend in the road will lead.

Professional Goals ~ 

So far I’ve kept on top of all the blogging this year and I’m laying the groundwork for some surprises later in the year.  I’ve begun revisions on Aurorae Rising which will take significantly longer at the rate I am currently going than I initially thought.  My attempt at my first “hard” book will be The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, which my husband selected and I’ve tried to read before (unsuccessfully).

I’m treading water on the book reviews at present and need to perhaps focus more on reviewing the ones on my shelf than the ones that pass through my hands at work.  But, it’s a work in progress.  We all are, right?

The infographic below has a great message about setting goals for yourself.  Just remember to keep them S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) and you’ll be okay.

Have an awesome day folks!

Setting Goals Infographic

Image provided courtesy of Thank you Allison Morris for bringing this to my attention!


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