2014 To Do List: Resolutions vs. Goals

Hand-dyed indigo yarn in Flagstaff, AZI pretty much ascribe to the school of thought that resolutions are generally whack. The things I want to do more of (or less of) each year tend to be pretty much the same. More creating, experimenting, traveling, friend hangs, etc. Our Unravelling the Year Ahead experience is pretty great for mapping out your year in broad strokes, and I tend to stay pretty vague even when there’s space to get specific.

So in addition to the broad sweeping adjectives I chose for 2014, I decided to make a to-do list as well. The list had two rules: Each item has to be realistically attainable and actually measurable. No vague words. No “do more yoga” or “read more books.” Each item is a quantifiable task. I hope that sharing them here is a good way to apply some healthy pressure to for me to make a plan to complete each of them.

2014 To-Do List:

  • speak at an event
  • record an EP with Chad
  • get published (in a periodical, online, in print, self-published, and/or ebook all count)
  • learn JavaScript & feel comfortable and confident using both it and jQuery
  • build another Rails app
  • find a house or apartment that feels like a more permanent living situation
  • read at least a book a month

Some of these are pretty lofty, but with some planning they should be reasonably attainable over the next twelve months. Do you make resolutions or goals? What are your plans for the year?

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2013 – What’s the Word?

After a low key NYE, I spent New Year’s Day on the couch further trying to recover from whatever nasty thing I contracted right after Christmas. 
Chad and I took the opportunity to work through Susannah Conway’s Unravelling the Year Ahead year planning tool. The workbook claims it will take an hour, but it took us much longer. It guides you through reflecting on the year that has passed — and man, we have had a crazy one — and leads you through planning and prioritizing for the year ahead. You begin the planning by choosing a word for the coming year. This word can help remind you of priorities when the big picture gets fuzzy, as it is wont to do. 
Mine is “craft.” It implies thoughtfulness, mindfulness, intention, and preparation. It connotes a process and a product. It also reflects what I profess to believe about the world: that I — and all of us — have been crafted in a particular way to make a particular impact in the world. 
We’ve never done anything so intentional as planning our year before, but I’m excited to see what grows out of it. Have you done any type of life planning? How did it go?