Carolyn L. Braun (

Thinking about goals …

A few random thoughts about setting goals for this year …

  • This year, I am creating a project list to go with my goals list – in essence, making each goal a set of projects. I’m also creating a list of action steps to work toward completing each project and partially completing a goal. (For example, one of my goals is to write more. One of the projects for that goal is to finish the fiction book I have started. An action that would work toward finishing that project – the book – would be to write a chapter each week.) I often find that a project takes several steps – before I can actually get started.
  • For years, I have always had goals lists. Sometimes I successfully completed them; sometimes not. Sometimes they were not realistic. (At my age and with medications, a weight loss goal is a non-starter. There is no point in having unrealistic goals.) But I’ve found that having goals is not enough – I need to have clearly defined action steps to complete those goals.
  • In the past, I’ve had a list of ten or more goals. This year I’ve decided it will be three broader goals. I am in the process of paring that list down to the final three.
  • Each morning I have a plan for the day – things I want to get done. Often those things relate to my goal list. Sometimes, however, my health does not cooperate so I am not able to get as much done as I would like. For quite some time, that has bothered me. Now, however, I have decided – since I am creating deadlines – that I can comfortably shift them. If I have something that must be done, I plan for 2-3 days to get it done – thus giving myself some leeway.

Do you have a goals list? How did you create it?

  • By the way, make sure you put your goals list in a place where you see it every day. If you like, make it a vision board – with photos that represent your goals. Don’t let that goal list get lost … on your desk (which might happen on my desk). Then get to work!

Thanks for reading. I hope you return.

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