You just never know where some paths will lead
The gawds know I’ve tried to write New Year’s resolutions in the past and have been a mediocre success at following through with audacious writing goals. I try. Oh how I try, but there’s always something missing between the decision and action point. (Mostly my willpower is the missing factor. As it turns out, I can resist damn near anything but temptation.)
Mind you, I did have a good kick at the can last year without setting any fancy resolutions. I simply picked projects, did them or didn’t, and then moved on.
By Most Measurements 2014 Was A Good Year
But I Learned
One of the things I learned this past year was that committing in public (Gasp! You mean I actually have to tell people?) is somehow more effective than doing it on my own. Seriously – who’s going to be interested in this stuff?
The second thing I learned was my plans weren’t audacious enough. Seriously. I have to be audacious as well?
My Plan Is To Be More Audacious
So this is going to be a bit of a switchup. I prefer to be my introverted, Type-A self. I really prefer to whip myself into a lather of productivity without the glare of spotlights. Tell you what I did rather than what I’m going to do.
That way, I can hide the mistakes and failures in the compost pile of history.
But no. Not this year. And apparently, I have to somehow report on each of these things according to those who design such programs for success.
Herewith the working plan (note, these are not resolutions, these are concrete plans that have been/are being written out with well measured and defined goals.
Note: These are the current goal standards. I reserve the right to drop any and all goals if they do not suit my purposes. In other words, these are goals. They are not carved in stone and brought down to me from a place on high. One lives for life, not for goals.
Audacity Not Measured
There are a great many projects on our old place; some of which I shared last year on one of my social media sites in a long list. I did whack through quite a few of them last year but didn’t get to the end of it by any means. Things like “clean up garden shed” were teased at but never really happened. “Clean up the garage” was not only ignored but it became even worse. “Clean up the fallen tree limbs” meant I took 4 massive loads to our island brush pile for chipping but there’s another 4 to go next year. “Clean up the property” took me another 4 massive dump trailers as I went around all the old midden piles from previous owners and our construction debris but again, no gold star for a total cleanup (but our basement has been cleaned for the first time since we moved in) 🙂
Mayo’s vegetable garden was the major garden rebuild and that’s a success. So after 7 years, we have a veggie garden that’s going to stay in one place and not be whacked by construction or design changes. Also had a blast with the Craftsy video course using that garden so that’s a winner.
The perennial garden on the other hand is this year’s project and the less said about last year the better. It was OK – just OK- in my books although some of the neighbours thought it was good.
Overall, it has to be considered a successful year.
When I think about the year just past, I sometimes decide it wasn’t overly productive. I didn’t publish any books, started rebuilding yet another website (for the very last, last **%$&*** time) and the actual accomplishments are lost in my memory.
The best thing I did was to make that garden project to-do list in Evernote and have it in front of me. I decided if I didn’t write the projects down, I’d forget them. But what I did was create a record of accomplishment and at the end of the year, I can look back and marvel at how much I did accomplish (even if it feels I “should” have done more)
So this year, I will once again create a master project list on Evernote for the garden projects and I’ll add another one for my other goals. I’ll try to remember to track and report on each of them just for the heck of it.
How many of you write down your goals and measure them in some way. (without cheating too much) 🙂