Friday, December 17, 2010

Asking Too Much

Remember a few weeks ago when I made my 101 goals in 1001 days list? Yeah, so do I. Sort of. I wrote up a separate post that only I can see so I can keep making updates and such. So, I've realized something already in this endeavor. No, I'm not quitting. Far from it. I think there were some great goals there. However, I have noticed I may have made a few too many goals that are dependent on me completing them on a regular basis.

Here are all the goals I made that I was supposed to do regularly:
  1. Workout 3x per week  
  2. Drink at least 40 oz. of water a day 
  3. Call at least one family member at least once a week
  4.  Have dinner with Mom once a month
  5.  Play the piano at least once a week
  6.  Play my clarinet at least once a month
  7. Do at least one post per week on my personal blog
  8. Bake bread 1x per month
  9. Bring a treat for co-workers at least once a month
  10.  Bring my lunch to work 3x per week
  11. Vacuum & Dust once a week
  12. Clean the bathrooms once a week
  13. Clean out my work e-mail inbox weekly

So mainly the problem is, I can't remember all this stuff! I thought I was doing ok until I started going through trying to list the dates of all the times I did each of these things and realized I've pretty much already failed at all of them. Even the ones I thought I'd remembered to do.

Like I said, I think these are good goals. However, I think feeling like I HAVE to complete each one takes the fun out of it. When playing the piano or calling family becomes a burden, you know something's wrong.

So, I know when you're making goals it's best to narrow them down and be specific, but I think I'm going to do the opposite of that on these. I'm going to replace the "weekly" or "monthly" addendum with "more often." So instead of "play my clarinet once a month" it'll be "play my clarinet more often." And I think just having these items on my goal list at all will help me to think about them more. Doing stuff is hard.


Seth said...

"Doing stuff is hard." LOL... Indeed it is... ;-)

Rachel said...

I also really liked the "doing stuff is hard" line. :)

I have to admit, I was concerned for you when you were listing so many every day things. I think you are wise to shift from specific to vague. I have actually been making that shift myself in goal-making.