2013 Goal Update

October 2nd 2013


It's more than half-way through the year, and I've decided to abandon my 2013 goals.

My goals were not hard. Indeed, I could quite justifiably claim success and not give them another thought.

Except I haven't given them much of a thought. I decided what they were then promptly forgot about them. So yes, while I've done much of what I said I wanted to do, I do not feel good about it because I would have done it anyway. What's the point of a goal that doesn't actively push you?

So I decided to abandon finely crafted yearly goals and instead try out monthly goals. Each month, I'll set a goal for myself for the next month. It can be anything I want to accomplish, big or small, as long as it's not something I would do anyway.

I actually decided this in August. So, for September I decided that my goal would be fitness focused. I work at a bicycle company, so for every day in September, my goal was to ride my bike. It takes me about 5 minutes to do a mile, so it wasn't a huge time commitment. But still, with a kid at home and a job in Waterloo, it wasn't something I would do anyway.

A month later and I reached 97% of my goal. I feel good about that. It's not 100%, but it's still a massive amount more than I would have done otherwise.

So what's my goal for October? It's not a difficult one, but again, not one I would do otherwise. I'm going to read the first 11 chapters of Rob Collie's DAX Formulas For PowerPivot. That's 87 pages. Much of it could be reinforcement of knowledge I already have, but it doesn't hurt to make sure. This book has been sitting on my shelf for 12 months and it's about time I read it properly.

Then, November is NaNoWriMo, but no promises on that yet. smirk

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