@doomzTO You have more goals than there are weeks in the year!
— Is that you, Rona? (@akspov) January 4, 2013
…but it’s one thing every 3 1/2 days. In fact, with me posting this on January 6th, you could argue that I’m already behind. Doomed to failure with goals far loftier than my schedule will allow!
Let’s slow down a sec, though — this mission isn’t as impossible as you might think!
2012 vs. 2013
I’d love 2013 to be a game-changing year. I started sharing some of the ideas I have for the next year with friends, and they often ask: “What makes a game-changing year?” Is having a kid? Changing jobs? Blogging more? Blogging less to plan more? Planning less and doing more?
Trying to limit what will or won’t make a game-changing gear to a specific definition is dangerous business! If we judge whether a year is a good one by whether we make a certain amount of money, or attend a certain party or even carry out a specific goal… we eliminate the possibility for so many other things that we can add to our lives!
2012 was an insanely busy year for me. I pushed myself to fit more into my schedule and be involved in things I’m interested in more than I’d ever done before. But it was one of my best years, too!
But I didn’t enter 2012 with a plan. When I finished 2011, I was worn out from trying to run a daily blog — ready to take a break from writing and blend into the background. On top of that, I got married, travelled, spent a lot of time at tweetups, commuted between my current house and my parents’ home in Mississauga constantly, changed jobs twice — all this may have been a little over-ambitious.
But 2012 brought unexpected wins. Unforeseen opportunities. Reasons to post often. Stronger friendships. Insane adventures.
It also brought daily Man Lessons. More photography sessions. Tighter scheduling. Sarah and I needing to get a little smarter about how we spend our money, effort and time.
So this time, I made a list to keep track of the things I’d like to do, so that I wouldn’t let another year breeze by while blindly trying to figure out what I’m doing!
6 Days Down, 98 Goals to Go.
So back to my point — intentionally or not, I’m right on schedule! In fact, I can say that I’ve already gotten a couple of the items on the list done!
#14 — Update my résumé
There’re goals that’re intentional — the ones you need to plan and set some time aside to do — and some that just happen due to forces outside of your control!
For those not in the know, I’ve been in my current day job temporarily — and the time is up. But when word gets out that you’re becoming a free agent, it can really grab others’ attention!
So with updated résumés making the rounds and my LinkedIn up to date, I consider #14 done and done!
#43 — Turn My Negatives and Slides Into Digital Images
This one was much easier than I anticipated! I thought I’d need to go to the Toronto Reference Library or hire someone to do it, but turns out that with a little update, my scanner become quite the beast!
Let’s call this one done for now — I got all the negatives I’d liberated from my parents’ over the holidays scanned in; the only things to do now are grab my parents’ and parents-in-law’s negatives; see if I left any more at my parents’ next time I’m there.
But for now? Case closed.
#53 — Eat breakfast more often
Don’t know if it’ll be a habit for life, but I’ve been making sure to eat breakfast every day since the start of 2013, and don’t intend to stop anytime soon! If I could pair this up with #9 — cook at least one meal, I’d be well on my way to not snacking on ridiculous food anymore!
#91 — Transfer all my external storage to an SSD Drobo system
Now that I know that Drobos run on a proprietary software system (which can lock you out from your files if the Drobo starts failing), I’m going to look for at some other solutions for backing my data up.
T0 2013… and Beyond!
So what will 2013 bring?
What I do know is this 2012 taught me that if I really want to pursue the things that I passionately believe in, I need to reshape my life and find the time to work on them. The real question is — what am I willing to do to make that happen?
Good luck to everyone trying to make something happen in 2013 I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely need it!