For the first time in my life I find myself in a position where I want to set some goals for the new year. I’m deliberately not calling these ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ because I am dead set against that whole concept. But, that doesn’t mean that I cannot aim for ‘something’ in the new year, right?
To be transparent, I started goal-setting at the beginning of this year already. In 2012 I read a lot of stories (short, novella and novel-length), and in January 2013 I took up the Goodreads Reading Challenge – with an aim to read seventy-five books during 2013. Not to brag, but I smashed that. And yes, it’s a good feeling to have achieved my goal – and surpassed it.
So, on to the goals for 2014.
- Read seventy-five stories (short, novella or novel). I am not going to increase this goal as this is a manageable quantity for me – if this last year has been anything to go by.
- Finish reading through the NT and begin to study it. I am currently almost 3/4 of the way through reading the NT using a reading plan. I plan to return to the gospels and look at a few more passages in them in greater depth, and then study the rest of the NT.
- Do some reading each week for education or career reasons. Most of the reading I do is in some way educational for me. If it is fiction, then I am learning how to write better. If it is non-fiction, then I am usually learning something. I do, however, need to focus on my chosen career – editing and proofreading. I have materials to study, and I need to begin to do so.
- Spend less time on Facebook. I have a toddler, and I do try to NOT be on the computer all the time while she is awake. I don’t always succeed, but there you go. I’m not trying to eliminate Facebook at all, but if I can be away from it for longer periods of time as opposed to checking in every few minutes, I can only be mentally healthier. I’m pin-pointing Facebook as opposed to other websites because Facebook is the most detrimental for me.
- Have some down time each day. By this I mean no contact with the outside world; books, internet, TV, phone… Having a toddler, I achieve this most days, but some days it is difficult.
There you go. Five goals for 2014. And please – any of you who read this are welcome to pop a note to me and check up on how I’m doing. I believe they are all achievable, although some are going to be a real challenge for me. I hope I’ll remember this post come the end of the year and then I can evaluate how the year has gone.