Goal Orientation

by littlesarahbigworld

Things I Am Going to Do Today:

sleep in

drink coffee/pay bills/check up on blogs/pinterest

snack (salty)

– play nintendo with Kevin

– read (Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle)

– nap

– snack (sweet)

– run

– work

– try to reconcile with a friend. again.

– make lists/set goals

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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about goals. Making them, keep them, tracking them. I’ve decided that what I’d like best is to have a goal for every year, every season, every month, every week, and every day. That sounds like a lot, but really it’s not. For example, today is Tuesday, June 12th, 2012. It is summer, I am 26 years old, and here are my goals:

26 Years – be more bad-ass and independent; know thyself

Summer – go for more long walks

June – fast AND organize/decorate the apartment

This Week – better time management

Today – relax and do as I please

 

See? That’s not so much, is it? And they fit nicely within one another, like Russian nesting dolls. It is important to note, however, that goals are not the same as a To-Do list. Today’s To-Do list involves calling my dad, paying the bills, blogging for the library, etc. A To-Do list is about tasks and accomplishments, whereas my goals are about growth and progress. They represent a steady evolution, rather than a check-mark.

And the list above? Well, that’s just because I realized that I would be able to do everything I wanted to do today, at a more-or-less leisurely pace, despite having slept in until ALMOST 11:00 and having to work at 4:00. It pleased me, and so I celebrated with a list.

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How about you? What are your goals for today, tomorrow, this week, this month? What are your summer goals? What do you want to do with this year of your life? And, most importantly, how are you going to make this happen?