Months ago, I started a list in my writer's notebook with all the activities that I wanted to complete during my year off. I know I will never manage them all. You've already seen my totally unrealistic travel list.
I know very little about goals except that they should be SMART. That is to say:
R?eally, really cool?
OK, now it's completely obviously how little I know about goals. It's a good thing that I don't need to know any knowledge to continue this post. I have goals, way too many goals. What I really need to do is to figure out how to pare them down, rank them, or organize them somehow.
A friend of mine who also has the summer off has organized her summer goals in this way:
Things to Do Daily
Things to Do regularly
Long Term Tasks
And I tried that, but it ended up looking more like a to-do list than an overarching set of goals to plan my year by.
So, I'm thinking of some different categories. Here they are, with an example of each:
Once in a lifetime activities that I've wanted to do for a long time
(learning to surf)
Fun pastimes I want to do several times during the year
(run a marathon, or walk a marathon, well, complete a marathon somehow)
Deeds that will improve my health
(exercise every day)
Stuff I already do that I want to keep doing because it makes me happy or improves my life
(write every day)
(find my digital voice recorder)
Then after I sort all my goals into those groups, I can rank them in order of importance.
Finally, the only thing left is to achieve as many as I possibly can.