Sometimes I make resolutions, sometimes I don’t. Since I’m a list keeper you’d think it would be a no-brainer for me but like many people maybe I’m just not cool with not meeting my goals so I don’t make them. Sometimes I just become overwhelmed by my list because I tend to make grand resolutions. So this year, I decided to make a list of goals for 2014 and then re-check and reevaluate my goals every three months. See how efficient I am? Here is my list of goals for 2014 – first quarter:
Read more books – This year was not an easy year for me and as a result, my reading suffered. I don’t necessarily think the number of books I read matters but this year was a fail for me because I really missed my time with books. In 2014 (first quarter) I resolve to set aside time each day for reading. This goes along with my first resolution because reading makes me happy and that’s good stuff.
Record my favorite quotes better – Every year I want to do a favorite quotes post because quotes from my favorite books excite me! But I get lost in my Kindle notes file and I never get it done. Part of the problem is I actually forget to highlight the quotes I like. I highlight a few for a review or for a recommendation post, but a lot of good quotes slip by me. Another problem is if I read a print book I’ll mark the page with the quote I like but I never record it anywhere. So I’m going to take greater care in saving my favorite quotes.
Review books I buy – I buy a lot of books. And I actually read some of them. But I find that I rarely review the ones I buy because time is short and I give priority to books that have been submitted for review. In 2014 I’m going to try to review more books I plunked down my cold hard cash for.
Once a month blog maintenance – There is always something that needs tending to here at Fiction Vixen. Probably not stuff you’d ever really notice here on the front end, but a blog this size requires a little sprucing up and regular maintenance. The longer I let it go, the harder it is to catch up. So I’m going to commit to once a month maintenance.
Lose weight and better health, Good things - I’m not going to set specific goal here, I’m going to leave this one a little open. If by March I have lost any weight at all, I’m calling myself a success. Then I’ll set another goal. I will make sure that I do something good for me every day. Whether it’s exercise, healthy eating or taking a nap when I really need one. Good things, every day.
Home organization – I’m an organized person by nature and my home is organized. But I want that super-ridiculous kind organization you see on Pinterest. You know where there are bright colors and everything is beautiful and you have to sit down for a moment to catch your breath because it’s just so awesome? I’m being realistic here and I know I probably won’t achieve Pinterest-worthy organization. But I want to head in that direction. Because it’s fun! (see resolution #1 – good things)
It’s the little things really – This year I’ve learned that it’s sometimes a small gesture or a kind comment, or just a smile from someone that really made a big difference in my day. In the new year, I am going to commit to making sure I reach out in some way, every day. To a friend, a neighbor, or to someone I’ve never met. I’m very shy and it is not in my nature to make eye contact with a stranger. But this year, I will. I meant it! Strangers will have my smile and like it!
I have a few other things in my head but I’m going to stop here. In March I’ll take a look at my list, see where I stand and then keep going. We’ll see where 2014 takes me and where I take 2014.
What are your goals for 2014?