I like setting goals at the beginning of each year. My lists tend to be lengthy, not because I plan to get everything done that’s there, but to record my ideas and thoughts. I review my goals each month to prioritize my time. Things will come up that are more important or satisfying; sometimes opportunities arise that suddenly make a goal something that can and should be accomplished now.
Here’s a post where I discuss goal setting in more detail.
I also like to celebrate my accomplishments. It’s so easy to look at a list and obsess over what didn’t get done, without appreciating everything that DID get done.
Here’s one that I shared – decluttering my office – that while not a spectacular goal, nonetheless gave me a lot of satisfaction.
Set your goals – work at them – and enjoy what you’ve gotten done. It’s your life to live and your life to enjoy.
You must accept that you might fail;
then, if you do your best and still don’t win,
at least you can be satisfied that you’ve tried.
If you don’t accept failure as a possibility,
you don’t set high goals, you don’t branch out,
you don’t try – you don’t take the risk.
~ Rosalynn Carter