Reflecting on 2018

At the beginning of 2018, I set some goals for myself. I’ve sort of condensed them below, so I can quickly reflect on what I got done and what I didn’t.

  1. Finish two quilts and two quilt tops
  2. Finish three cross-stitches
  3. Complete the second draft of my MG SciFi and submit to Critique Group at least six times
  4. Sort the basement storage room
  5. Deal with paper in the study and set up my desk in the study
  6. Weight train twice a week
  7. Cardio twice a week
  8. Flexibility two to three times a week
  9. Eat dinner as a family at least twice a week
  10. Facetime with SIL’s family once a month
  11. Boardgames with S and C at least 10 times

Numbers 1, 3, 7, 8, and 10 were a complete bust. I didn’t do any of them more than 2-3 times or for 2 months. In part, I’m sure that is because I set far too many goals last year. How can one person focus on all of those things for a whole year? I’m sure I went into it thinking I would knock several things out early and then pick up with the next things, but that just didn’t happen.

I accomplished 5 and 11. As for the rest: I finished two of the three cross stitches I set out to do (2). We made real progress in the basement storage area, but there is still some work to do (4). I have been weight training twice a week since Sept 1st (6) and feel confident I will continue to do so for this year. The eating dinner as a family (9) is something I have made a priority off and on through the year.

I wish I had accomplished more of the things I set out to do last year, but I also feel I learned a lot from failing. Next year I need to simplify my goals. I need to focus on just a few things. If my list is too long, it will overwhelm me, not encourage me to pick a few things off so I can work on the rest.

How did 2018 go for you? Did you get any big things off your goals list?

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