Monday, January 7, 2013

2013, Are YOU Ready?

At the beginning of last year, I didn’t have any particular goals or resolutions that I made for myself. I actually made a list of things I wanted myself to accomplish like lose weight, eat healthier, and keep up with my blog.

I won’t even lie to you, last year was, to say the least, not a very productive year for me. I struggled with weight-loss. I had the hardest time sticking to a diet and resisting things I should be eating and eating the things I love in moderation. 

And my beloved blog…

It was hard for me to keep a schedule of the things I wanted to talk about or even the things I wanted to do, I had no time for because my schedule at work was so erratic (who am I kidding, it still is!).  It was hard to find time to lay down some thoughts, do some real cooking (not that meal for two garbage), and talk about things I love. 

So with the start of this new year I set goals for myself that I will achieve.  It’s way too easy for people to make a large list of resolutions and not even stick to them, but not this guy; I will do as I say and kick this year’s ass.

Goal #1:

Be More Productive:  This means not sitting on my ass for hours on end watching YouTube wasting my day off.  This means setting boundaries for where I bring certain items (i.e. laptop into the kitchen) and leaving them where they belong (the office, bedroom etc.) This means blogging more and consistently. This also means less gaming. 

WHAT?!

For real, less gaming.  I am a gamer at heart, but sometimes it’s nice to put the thumb sticks down and pick up a book (which is apart of being productive) or even learning something new (like learning to play the guitar I received over Christmas). There is a lot of knowledge I want to acquire and a lot of skills I’d like to learn to challenge myself this year, mentally and physically.

To help keep me stay on the productive track is something called “Sticky-Note-Planner-Board” that Sarah found on YouTube:

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Each column has a name (like Blog ideas, bills to pay, etc.)  Then, we write on a sticky note an idea or project that we’d like to have accomplished (and by when if you’d like).  Once the said item is finished we moved it down towards the bottom in the “completed” section.  By physically seeing all of the tasks at hand that need to be done, this allows us to prioritize items and focus on the ones that are really important and/or matter to us. Freaking. Genius.

Goal #2:

Finally get into a healthy lifestyle:  This can mean a number of things, for instance:

  • Getting the right amount of sleep each night
  • Getting the daily water requirements
  • Going the gym consistently
  • Eating a healthier diet
  • Being aware of what I’m eating and making the right choices

The list can go on and on, but I think you get the picture.  This year is about personal growth physically and mentally.

I may have not set many goals this year but the goals I’ve chosen for myself are filled with lots of things to work on.  It will be a challenging journey, but by the end of the year, I’ll feel better about myself and accomplished.  Who doesn’t like that feeling?

What are your goals for this year? How do you plan to stay on track?

So here’s to the new year, to new goals, and to new accomplishments.

As always friends, Happy Feasting!

1 comment:

Val said...

Sounds like good goals to work on for 2013! Looks like you are off to a good start with your organizing boards! I like learning new skills too and have always pushed to learn more. Amazing how much we can do when we try! Happy New Year!