I think every American on the planet is aware of the idea of New Years’ Resolutions. Lose weight, get in touch with long lost friends, get a new job, do SOMETHING. While the New Year does tend to represent an opportunity to do something new and better with your life, for some reason the New Years’ resolutions never really seem to be catching. It seems to be because we’re unable to sustain significant changes in our lives without some kind of constant motivation.
Instead of just trying to make resolutions, I’ve pulled together a set of realistic goals that I want to complete throughout the year. Unlike resolutions these goals do not require an instant change upon waking up on January 1, 2013, but instead have been thought through and prayed on. I’m human, and fully realize that at the end of this little experiment, I may not be able to check of every one of these things from my list, but I’m certainly going to try. I think by making them realistic, and yet challenging, I’ll be able to make several of these goals.
Want to come on this journey with me? Keep an eye on the tag Jessica in 2013. I’m going to do my best to write my successes and failures and then look back this time last year and see where things stand. Below you’ll find my goals and related metrics (seems so technical for my personal time, but if this process works at work, why not bring it home, right?)
JESSICA’S 2013 GOALS | WITH METRICS
STRENGTHEN MY BODY
GAINING A SKILL IN SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: DANCING, RUNNING, SWIMMING, TENNIS, YOGA, ETC.
What’s the activity, what skill set did you attain, learning outcomes?
LOSE THE REMAINING 13 POUNDS
I started off 2012 being very close to 175 pounds. I’d already committed to weight lose plan that’s carried me through this year. Now I need to finish the initial goal – 13 pounds to go!
Metrics: When was this goal reached? How close/far away are you from the goal in December 2013?
STRENGTHEN MY MIND
SPENDING TIME IN AREAS NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO WORK: THEATRE, GETTING MY CMP, ETC.
CMP – Certified Meeting Professional. A designated related directly to my career, and seems pretty necessary considering how long I’ve been in the industry. I figured if I’m going to stay in this field even five more years, I should attain this designation. Okay, so this is related to work, but it doesn’t directly mean USGBC. The exam is in May and will require a significant amount of study!
Metrics: Did you stick to your study plan, did you pass the exam?
Theatre – Acting is an old love of mine. A few years ago I went back to another old love of mine, singing, with amazing results. The local community theatre is getting ready to put on a play that I want to be a part of either by acting in the play or going over to the other side and working tech (I have my theatre tech license!)
Metrics: Were you able to audition for the play? If not, did you decide to work on the tech?
Other – what other ways did you decide to get involved?
STREGTHEN MY SPIRIT
MORE QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
How is this defined: Monthly activity with the family, weekly activity outside of Small Group with friends
Six Month Check-In: Are you still living true to this?
GETTING INVOLVED AT MBC AGAIN
Metrics: How did you do this, how long did you stay involved?
PAY OFF TWO OF MY SCHOOL LOANS
Metrics: Were you able to do this?
TWO TRIPS THIS YEAR: ONE BIG, ONE SMALL
Metrics: big trip location & dates; small trip location & dates