Goals for 2012

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year Everyone!

It is day two of 2012 and I’m still determined to stick to my goals for the year. I hesitate to say resolutions, because I never seem to keep the resolutions I make anyway. This year I followed the Goal Workshop on Susan Meier’s blog (http://susanmeier.blogspot.com/) and came up with a list of 10 goals for the New Year. The key, according to Susan, is to choose goals that you have to accomplish, needs not wants. It was easy enough to settle on some specific needs once I got down to the heart of what was really wrong with my life, or maybe I should say, what I’m doing wrong in my life and what I’m lacking.
Gretchen McNeil, young adult author (http://gretchenmcneil.blogspot.com/), summed it up better than I ever could in a tweet she posted on New Year’s Eve:
“What I'm looking for in 2012 is contentment: in my writing, in my self, and in my
relationships. It's harder than it sounds...”
That is exactly it. I am lacking contentment.
I went into the countdown this year with a clear plan for getting what I need in 2012. This was the first year I didn’t cry when the clock struck 12. New Years has traditionally been a time of sadness for me, but not so much this year. I don’t know if this was because I was sober (the only one at our party) or because I wasn’t thinking so much about what I didn’t accomplish in the passing year, but more about what I could accomplish in the year to come.  
Now, onto the goals… My goals for 2012 are divided: 5 to improve my home/family life and 5 to improve my work/writing life. I figure if I can find contentment and a healthy balance between work and home I should be able to find contentment within myself as well. I know it is going to be hard to stick to these goals, but I’m going to try my hardest. I promise.
2012 Goals
Home & Family
1.       Read a bedtime story to Hunter (and Scarlett) every night. Except Tuesdays, when I am coaching and Daddy does bedtime. I used to do this and Hunter loved it. I think it’s good to foster a love of reading in my children.

2.       Schedule a ‘date night’ with my hubby at least once a month. This means I’ll need to set aside money for a babysitter and dinner or whatever.

3.       Get up earlier in the morning (even if only by an hour) and do household ‘chores’ before I leave for work so the housework stays caught up.

4.       Schedule a ‘family day’ at least once a month (but aim for once a week). We could go bowling or to the safari park or whatever, but it doesn’t have to cost money. Hunter would be thrilled with a trip to feed the ducks or a family board game night.

5.       Sit down to do Hunter’s homework every day directly after school. This isn’t going to be easy since I have to help him with it and cook dinner, etc. Nonetheless, if I can get him into the habit now, it’ll be easier once he can do it on his own.

Writing & Work
6.       Set both a writing schedule and a daily target for my writing and STICK TO IT!

7.       Aim for at least £500 per month from freelancing to supplement the significantly reduced salary I’ll have once I go back to work after maternity leave.

8.       Find at least 4 regular or repeat clients by April (when I go onto leave) through my freelance editing or writing. Double that by January (when I return to work).

9.       Aim to have all ‘work’ (Biobank, editing, writing, coursework) finished by 5pm each day. Then I can devote my evenings to my family.

10.   Finish at least 2 Harlequin manuscripts by December 2012 and submit them by writing a minimum of 1000 words each day.  (my total writing word count each day as in #6 will be higher and will include freelance, etc.)

So there you go. These are my goals for finding contentment in 2012. How about you? What goals have you set for yourself?

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