Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Goals for 2012

I don't usually make resolutions at the beginning of every new year. Sometimes I think about things I want to change and I kind of like to use the word "goals" to describe those things. This year, I'm going to write down some of my goals. Just so I can look back and see what I hoped to do this year. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Go to bed earlier. I really need to work on this one. Before kids I got about 9-10 hours of sleep a night (no kidding). And it was awesome. I just went to bed whenever I was tired at night (usually around 9-10pm). And because of that, I hardly ever felt tired during the day. I realize that 9-10 hours a night is probably not possible for me at this time in my life no matter how great that would feel. But, I know I can do better than 6 hours. Basically, I'd like to be in bed and turning out the light by 11pm every night.

2. Read at least 2 books a month. This one is an ongoing goal from previous years. Usually this happens without me even trying. Or I'll have an off-year like 2011, where I was 3 books short of this goal. 

3. Make and Print Albums. This is the year. I know it. I really, really want to make a real effort to finish and print the boys' baby books. If that happens, then I want to move on to printing a few family albums. I haven't decided yet if I'll allow a blog book to double as a family album or if I want to do something separate. But no matter what, I want some albums printed.

4. Workout 3 times a week. This falls into the cliche new year's goal category. But, it's still a goal of mine. Ideally, I'd love to learn to workout more than 3 times a week, but I need an attainable goal. Especially for something like this. I've had periods of great success with working out consistently in my past. And then I had kids. Which is actually not a great excuse. We make time for the things that are important to us. And truthfully, working out (because I don't particularly enjoy it) is not something that is important to me. But staying healthy is...and I'm not 20 anymore!

I'm trying to keep things simple and realistic, so 4 goals is enough for this year. We will see how it goes. I will celebrate small victories along the way and I will not beat myself up if I don't end up doing things exactly as I would like. Also, (and maybe this should be a goal itself) I will do my best not to compare myself with others when it comes to these goals (or anything else, really).


Emily Cade said...

Making and printing out albums is on my list as well!!! I love doing it but it is such a daunting task that it gets put off...

Mary said...

I understand the exercise and books goal. Oh do I. Sometimes it is hard to just start!

Unknown said...

wanna run a 5k with me this fall? might help you stick with the exercise...just sayin'

Kristen said...

We have VERY similar goals for 2012...albums and gym 3x a week and I NEED to go to bed for 12:30 every night too!
love reading your blog~

Rabelers said...

totally with you on the 'going to be earlier' goal - that needs to happen in 2012!