Goals for the New Year (not a list of resolutions, because I suck at resolutions)

January 1, 2010

New Year’s resolutions suck, so I don’t do them. No one does, right? When I see a segment on the Today Show about not making New Year’s resolutions, I gotta think no one’s making them anymore. If Al Roker’s on board, we’re all on board, is what I say.

I do, however, take some time at the start of each year to make a few goals for myself.  More than anything, I make a list of a few things that I plan to be more “intentional” about in the coming year. (I hate the word “intentional” because it’s so overused, but, it’s the best word here.)

Here’s my Penelope-spin on it, though: I make sure to schedule, on my calendar, quarterly “check in” appointments with the list, just to make sure I’m still on track. That’s been the game-changer for me, the regular checking in.

A few goals for 2010:

  1. Do one thing every day that scares the pee-waddle out of me. This includes most activities related to my blog.
  2. Do at least one thing each day to show my husband how much I respect and love him, even (or especially) when I don’t feel like it. I need to put action to my love for this gorgeous man.
  3. Try to be present in each moment, instead of always wondering, and worrying about, what the next one holds. This one’s a doozy for me. If there was a World Championship Title for Worrying, I’d totally be a contender.
  4. Buy less and use more of what I already own (this applies to my clothes, books and notebooks. Especially notebooks. Most especially grid paper notebooks.)
  5. Appreciate every day with my kids, even when having them makes my life almost unbearably busy, because they are not going to live with us forever and they’re just getting good and I don’t want to wish even a second away.
  6. Run regularly, even though I don’t love it.

What about you? What’s your single biggest goal for 2010?

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Gretchen January 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

I really like that your goals were not about things or projects, but about people and living. That’s inspiring.

My biggest goal this year is to pay cash. For everything. Seems small, but as a single girl working for a non-profit I’ve had a history of using the dreaded credit cards. I was pretty good last year but had a few ‘emergencies’. This year I’m planning my Christmas spending ahead of time and saving up for big bills I know are coming.

Marcia Francois January 1, 2010 at 10:47 am

Meredith, love your goals, esp. number 1 :)

I also have a list a mile long of blog stuff I need to do, most of which I have not a clue how to do it.

My notebooks really are my deep, dark secret. Most people really don’t know exactly how crazy about them I am. I really do try to give them away as gifts…. but that doesn’t always work.

Meredith January 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

OMG!! I thought I was the biggest worrier!!! Maybe its the name??? HEHE!!! My biggest goal for this year is to relax and NOT worry so much about the things I can’t control. Which is basically how I spend my days, so now I should have a a lot of free time!!!!

Deren Monday January 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

@ Gretchen – Love the cash goal. My wife and I are doing the same, and even went and purchased three new 13-compartment cash envelopes from Office Max last week to get ready. ($3.99 each; one for me, one for her, and one for the house.) Each month I’m going to get cash from the bank and sort it into the envelope compartments, which are labeled of course. Fun walking out of the bank with a wad of cash each month. More fun slipping the teller a note asking for specific denominations without having them trip the silent alarm at me…

My goal? To not let my 3-pages of goals, updated each quarter, run my life. Must… find… balance…

Laurel January 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I LOVE your blog – and I love making goals. I try not to get out of control making them, though. My first goal is to cut out soda – then I’ll go from there.

Meredith Meredith January 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm

@Marcia: I wonder how many of us have a secret cache of notebooks? I know I do. I sometimes like to just look at them, whispering “My Precious” in a creepy Gollum-like voice.

@ Gretchen: the cash goal is a great idea. Living on cash (or a strict, written-down budget) definitely gets you closer to your financial goals. My husband and I don’t use cash, but we surely keep to a strict line-item budget. Helps to really see, and be aware of, what you’re spending. Great goal for the year.

@ Deren: 3 pages of goals? Whew! Makes me tired just to think about it. You must be a super driven guy! Great idea to use the divided cash envelopes to keep on budget.

@ Meredith: any time you’re worried that you’re worrying about too many things, or too many weird things – email me. I’ll out-worry you and make you feel super normal! :-)

@Laurel: awww. So glad you visited. I love your blog, especially the name: “Ducks in a Row”. That so appeals to me.

Amanda @ Serenity Now January 1, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Thank you for your sweet comment today. The more I visit your blog, the more I like it. I think it’s the lists. I do love them. ;) You’re my kind of blogger! ;) Thanks again for the visit!

Jessica at Lavender and Lilies January 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm

OMG! I love your blog. I am going to put you on my reading list right now. So cute and neat. My biggest goal is the running. I really want to just feel and look better.

carlee January 2, 2010 at 11:41 am

What a wonderful list. I’m with you on #3, I really need to be in the now. Happy New Year!

Susan January 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

this is an amazing list. i’ve been formulating mine to share online soon.

do you enjoy walking? because i’ve been reading more and more that walking three miles is just as good as running three miles – better, in fact, because it doesn’t put so much pressure on your body. now, of course, to run three miles and to walk three miles means an entirely different thing when it comes to how much time each one will take…

Meredith Meredith January 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm

@ Susan: I actually vastly prefer walking, but yeah, it’s the time thing. That and, for me, I know that running really slims me down quickly. Walking, as much as I love it, is great for heart health, but not as quickly body changing for me. Drat and double drat!

Course, it would be better for me to walk regularly than run irregularly, wouldn’t it?

Jessica January 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

I’m working my way through Martha Beck’s The Joy Diet and seriously considered just skipping the scary thing, but seeing it here on your list reminded me that it doesn’t have to be all jumping-out-of-airplanes or confronting-the-cable-guy stuff. Thank you for sharing yours!

Also, re the running–I’ve found my body responds really quickly to Pilates so maybe you could alternate something like that in both for the variety and less running ;-) . Trampoline jumping is supposed to be an awesome, quick workout, too, though I’ve always worried my lack of coordination would result in me on the floor, instead of bouncing up and down.

Banki October 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Your articles are very inspiring indeed. I keep coming back! There are so many things I agree on. I hope we can exhange ideas in the future.

Banki October 15, 2010 at 7:59 am

What hosting company are you using for your blog?

Praca October 16, 2010 at 12:34 am

I would like to stay in touch, What is your facebook page?

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