It’s nearing the end of the first week of January and I’ve been thinking a bit about my goals for the coming year. I imagine a lot of us do the same – thinking about what we don’t like about ourselves and making resolutions to change (and then getting depressed when we don’t meet the goals of those resolutions).
I’ve read a lot of articles and blogs that make it clear that setting small goals is better than big ones. I already know this, of course. I’m a project manager by trade, so I know a thing or two about setting goals, identifying tasks, and then implementing a plan. But, that’s at the office. Our home lives can often be much different. “The cobbler’s son has no shoes,” and all of that kind of stuff.
So, for the new year, here are a few goals I’ve set for myself. They’re largely health and creative goals. But here’s the trick, they’re daily or weekly. They exist to establish habits, so that by the end of the year, they aren’t goals so much as just things that I do.
- Drink 120 ounces of water each day
- Walk 3-5 miles per day
- Write every day instead of only a few days per week (I’m not stating a word count goal here because I’ll end up feeling like a shit if I don’t hit that count)
- Kettlebell workout for 20 minutes each day
To be clear, these are goals that I’ve set before, but have had limited success in achieving. But this year brings changes that make them a little more important. Being over fifty and facing a threat of potential diabetes and cholesterol medications if I don’t change diet and exercise habits has helped change my perspective. My wife and I will also be celebrating twenty-five years of marriage this year, and I’d like to do what I can to make sure that we get another twenty-five without health issues. I’m not trying to become one of those over-fifty-with-washboard-abs guys (although my wife would probably be for that). I mostly just want to be an over-fifty-with-the-ability-to-walk-up-stairs-without-getting-out-of-breath guy.
The good thing is that I have friends and family who are well aware of these goals, and I know that I can count on them to keep me honest and on track. I’ll probably document some of my progress here, but I’m not making this a health blog where I talk about macro nutrients and shit. Nope, that’s not me. But I will update this blog with milestone events (lost x pounds, submitted/published this or that thing, etc.).