Come on New Year!

 

Going, going, gone!!  Well it’s almost gone.  I can’t believe how quick 2009 flew.  It seems like only yesterday I was going over my New Year’s resolution list of goals and promises.  Funny, I don’t even know where the heck that silly list is at this point and time. LOL

 So why do we make those crazy lists?  I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure I’ve ever really stuck to a single list I’ve ever made.  Now I’ve gotten things done and moved forward in my writing career because I actually set some goals, but not in the time frame I’d given myself.  Maybe putting down the goals where I could see them helped me keep track of the direction I wanted to go.  Let’s face it, the older I get the harder this little task is becoming.  I have good intentions of sticking to the plan, but something always weasels its way in and changes everything.  It’s that not so little thing called life, a husband, three kids and all that goes with it.  I think.  And if I have to be honest, a little bit of procrastination on my part as well.

 I’m not complaining about where my life has taken me so far.  I love my family and would be lost without them.  It would be way too easy having all the time in the world to write without distraction.  And oh so boring I might add.  I look at it as an added challenge.   I love a good challenge and boy do they step up to the plate on this one with homework, after school activities, dinner and a monster we like to call laundry.

 Will my failure to complete or even find last year’s list stop me from making a list this New Year.  Not a chance. 🙂  I’ve learned over the years being flexible is an awesome part of goal making.  Being too hard on myself only causes me to come to a complete stop.  So as long as I’m moving forward and keeping the stress to a minimum, I feel like I’m on the right track.  I’m looking forward to sitting down to write my new goals.  There are so many things I hope to accomplish next year.  I can’t wait to get started! 

My top three: 

  • 1. Get organized. 
  • 2.  Stop wasting time. 
  • 3.  Finish what I start.

What about you?  Do you make lists?  And if you do, how do they work for you?

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14 Responses

  1. I love lists. I love the feeling of marking something off the list. But a New Year’s Resolution List is different. Doesn’t have the same affect. I wonder why.

    I will agree with …where in the heck did 2009 go? It’s hard for me to believe how quickly time flies. I remember when my mother said that time would move faster the older I get and man, does it!

    May 2010 bring you success.

  2. Thanks, Cyndi! You too! Funny how moms are always right. LOL

  3. I always feel like the New Year is a fresh start – that clean slate waiting for me to fill.

    I do make resolutions and since I’m on GIAM4, I make goals for the year. I started with this last year and it really kept me focused. I’ll do it again this year and hope I can maintain them for the year.

    Lists? meh. I make them but usually can’t find them when I need them 🙂

  4. So glad I’m not alone with making lists and then losing them, Liz! My husband just shakes his head. Maybe I’ll make me a special box to put them all in. Yeah, I’ll add that one to my list! LOL

    Wishing you all the Best with your goals for 2010! 🙂

  5. In theory I make goals, too — also being a somewhat more timeworn GIAMer. I’m going to have to go look them up.

    Puzzle. What’s the difference between goals and resolutions? Maybe that’s what I’ll blog about!

  6. Oh, Beppie! I like this puzzle. 🙂 My take on it: Goals = things you plan to accomplish. Resolutions = things you plan to quit doing. Like eating! LOL Can’t wait to read your post!

  7. I love making the list/goals at the beginning of the year. I try to make them things I can actual do, but once in a while I get a little crazy and add a few that really I have no control over. You know, like receive the call. 🙂

    The best part is at the end of the year when I think back over the past 12 months wondering if I really did anything. That’s when I look at the list and realize that while I might not have made them all, I didn’t do to bad.

    Happy New Years everyone. I’ve missed you guys more than you know. 😀

  8. I think I will try to make this year’s goals be for the things I can actually “do” rather than the things I think “might” happen. Rather than believing I might get another book published, I think I might set my goals for losing weight, finishing my book, getting it turned in to my editor and agent, and knowing that I will be okay regardless of what happens. Yes, I believe those will be my resolutions for the new year. It’s no use in having expectations. 🙂

  9. Great to hear from you, Vicki! Missed you too! 🙂

    It really is a great feeling to look back and see what you’ve accomplished. Every little move forward counts!

    Wishing you a Great New Year!

  10. Jamie, sounds like you’ve got some great resolutions lined up. Wishing you the best in all you do! 🙂 This is no easy path we’ve chosen is it. LOL Hang in there and don’t be too hard on yourself. That’s one of my biggest resolutions for next year.

  11. I don’t do resolutions, but I do make To DO Lists.

    I do like the sound of your resolutions though! Nice and flexible!

  12. I’m too lazy to make New Year’s Resolutions. Which means it should be simple, ‘cuz I could vow not to be so dang lazy in 2010. But that would be work.

  13. Keri, isn’t it great that we get to do what works best for us. 🙂 Individuality makes the world go around in my opinion. Wishing you all the best for a great productive year!!

  14. LOL, KariLynn! I know exactly what you mean! 😉

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