Resolution 2012 and 3 month goals

After a week of deliberating, I’ve managed to settle on RESOLUTIONS FOR 2012/LIFE:

Set fewer, smaller goals (dare I say SMART goals) and celebrate the small stuff.

It doesn’t necessarily sound like much in the way of world-domination, but I expect it’s gonna make a huge difference (positive direction) in what I accomplish and how I experience life in general.  So, instead of making an 8 item todo list every morning, getting only 4 things done, and then having sleepless bed-rage nights, I’m going to start off more realistically by putting just 3 items on the list.

Today for instance, I didn’t manage to get images to render on my iphone app, but that wasn’t on the list anyway!  I did, however, obtain apple dev certs and install the test app on an iTouch (translation: 1 hour research, 10 minutes typing, 1+ hours debugging to figure out I had to rename a file).  Under perfect world/maryann conditions the day could have gone better, but honestly, it could have gone a lot worse.

After all, tomorrow is another day.

Won’t win hacker of the year, but at least I can sleep at night.

In the spirit of SMART* goals, this year I’m teaming up with my oldest friends (duration, not age) to set 3 month goals that we can actually do and measure.  This sounds like a corporate construct, mainly because it is – but hey, I’m still kind of excited about it.  I’m totally ready to be held accountable to my Feats of Fun (keep reading)!

*In case you haven’t clicked through the link yet, SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound

Without further ado, I give you – Goals: January through March 2012

Some notes:

Feats of Strength: Do 1 (one) pullup
Yeah, I haven’t done one since the fourth grade, so… yeah.

Win Friends and Influence People
I haven’t read the book, so… don’t go around thinking that I have.

Get 50 Unique visitors to this blog
I’ve already got 20, so… this should be totally doable if I’m not too shy about it.  Between all the phones, computers, and tablets we’ve got going on in our apartment I would guess 11 of these 20 are from my household.

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Amass weapons for musical arsenal
Writing and performing songs was something I was doing in Seattle when I was under the tutelage of the inspiring and sage Sue Carr.  I haven’t done it for over a year though, and I’m looking to get back into it in my new city.

Feats of Fun
Call me what you will, but I have a really hard time actually relaxing at play-time.  I get stressed out at the “what should I do?” decision process, and since I’m always behind on my todo list I feel guilty not working.

Enter: my best idea of the week - I created a short list of fun things that I have to do.  This solves all** my problems 1) I won’t have to wonder what I should do – I’ll do one of these things!, 2) actually doing them will feel like an accomplishment not a waste of time, and 3) it’s a short list and totally doable in three months (if not in one weekend), so (almost) guaranteed success!

**ok, maybe not all of them

In Summary:
I’ve got three months to do 1 (one) pullup.  I welcome any pointers you may have, and possibly steroids.

5 Thoughts on “Resolution 2012 and 3 month goals

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