So, I’ve been working on posting my spreadsheet from 2011 for about 45 minutes, and it’s just not going to happen. You’re just going to have to take my word for it, which I guess you would have to do anyway because I COULD totally lie and skew the results of my own spreadsheet in a huge plot to deceive my half-dozen loyal readers and myself. But really, am I that kind of person?
Overall I am pretty happy with my results this year. Out of 34 goals (I don’t know why I had 34, it’s supposed to be the same number as my age, which is 33. Math and memory, not my strong suits) I made progress in at least 26 and completed 14 of them. In some: Reading, taking Kid tubing, I went way over goal (158% and 300%) In others, I just sucked – lose 30 lbs ( -33%.) Wait, does that mean I actually GAINED 10 lbs this year? Why yes, yes it does.
I was surprised at a couple I thought would be ringers, that I actually didn’t complete: Watch 24 movies – I only managed 13. That one is easily remedied. And sadly 12 Dates With Mike ended up at a paltry 3.
2011 was a HUGE year for me writing-wise. Yes I only made it to about 50% with my blog posts. However, I had a total of 14 published articles this year, not including my regular farmers’ market newsletter gig and some commercial writing for websites. Additionally, though I didn’t reach 365 pages with my novel, I did make significant headway, and am at about 200 pages right now.
What I have learned about myself from doing this project for the past few years is this: I DO need specific goals. Each year I find myself achieving more and more on the list. I know that “they” say: make broad, easily achievable goals for resolutions, and don’t do too many, but “they” can suck it. This is how I like to do it. In fact my 2012 goals might be my most specific ever.
I have also learned that I absolutely, positively will NOT do something every day. It is not in my nature. Sure, I might sign up for some of the 365 type projects, but only if I can rack ’em up. 365 photos? OK, but 15 of those might be from the same day – which is precisely opposite the point of those types of projects, so I’m not going to do any more of those.
Today, I’m working on my list for 2012. I have some familiar ones that I keep rolling from year to year, and by the power of Greyskull this is the year! I also have some new ones, some of them are shocking! Shocking, I tell you! I will say I have for many years, this year will bring some changes to my blog. Allegedly. Maybe. Wait, no – definitely! Stay tuned.
Thanks for all of your comments, support, and funsises in 2011. I can’t wait to see what’s up in 2012.