As I reviewed this list, it became very obvious to me that I wrote it at a time when I was anticipating several, very busy months. I’ll be working five days per work in January and four days per week in February, and splitting my work weeks between two different college career centers. I realize this probably sounds absurd to people who typically work full-time, but over the past few years, we’ve built our family’s life and schedule around me working 2-3 days per week. This schedule has allowed me to be flexible about the large number of school holidays, delayed openings, half days, and vacations our daughter has, as well as her sick days and snow days. I’m also able to get most of our household errands done during the week, so we don’t have to tackle them as a family on the weekends. It has worked out well for us, and as a person who
despises dislikes change, deviating from it is fairly nerve-wracking.
As a result, this list includes many things that focus on organization, time management, and de-stressing, all with an eye toward efficiency. I only realized this after I had been putting together the list for a while, and it made me snicker at myself, a little bit.
My Goals for 2018
This is truly a random assortment of goals for my upcoming year, and they touch on a variety of different parts of my life, including cooking, organizing, mental health, and decluttering. Some are bigger and loftier than others, and some are just small and light. I tried to make my goals as specific and measurable as possible, but some didn’t quite hit that mark. My original plan was to come up with a list of “18 for 2018”, but it started to feel overwhelming. Instead I’m going with a list of 12, which felt more natural and allowed me to identify some things that I really want to accomplish this year.
Here are my goals for 2018:
- Write in a gratitude journal five nights per week. I’ve done well with this in the past, and really want to get back into it. It’s a small, daily task, but one that can have a substantial, positive impact.
- Meditate for at least five minutes, three days per week. This is something I’ve struggled with in the past. It’s very difficult for me to keep my mind focused on, well, nothing, for an extended period of time. I’m easily distracted, and my mind is naturally drawn to lists, tasks, and other thoughts. However, the evidence in favor of meditation is overwhelming, so I’m keeping at it this year.
- Cook a ham. My family never ate ham when I as growing up, but I now enjoy it in small doses. More importantly, I think of it as a meal centerpiece item that intimidates me, yet I don’t think it’s actually that difficult to make. This year, I intend to find out!
- Make cinnamon rolls from scratch. I really enjoy cinnamon rolls, but I’ve been adamant that I won’t bake anything requiring yeast, because it’s too long and drawn-out of a process. I still feel that way, but I think homemade cinnamon rolls – let’s be honest: the ones in the can don’t come anywhere close to the real thing – make a great, special-treat breakfast, and I want to at least attempt making them.
- Make a cheesecake from scratch. Good cheesecake is divine, but most store-bought versions leave a lot to be desired, in my opinion. I did attempt making cheesecake from scratch once before, but it was runny in the center, which ruined the whole thing. I know I can do better, and this year I’m going to do it!
- Get comfortable making pie crust from scratch. I took a pie and pastry-making class in NYC when we lived there, but for some reason it stressed me out more than it gave me confidence. I haven’t made a crust from scratch since then, but this year I will!
- Clean or declutter for 15 minutes per day, five day per week. I tend to get overwhelmed easily, and then big messes go untouched for, well, ever. Forcing myself to spend a very short amount of time tidying, cleaning, or decluttering every day should help me keep on top of the messes that can accumulate.
- Exercise for 30 minutes per day, five days per week. exercise more in the new year? I know – how cliché! But we just got a treadmill, so I really and truly have no excuse not to do so, especially during these cold and dark winter months. As with the last goal, small, regular doses should be more manageable.
- Create a weekly meal plan. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time or know me in-person, you know how I feel about cooking and meal-planning. The bottom line is that – despite dreading it every week – I know meal-planning saves me time, money, and my sanity. Thus, I plan to soldier on with this one. (I also got myself a great, new meal planner from Carrie Ellie, which should help.)
- Try one new recipe per week. I own quite a few cookbooks, and have stacks of recipes I’ve torn out of magazines, yet I tend to fall back on my tried-and-true recipes. Trying one new one per week should help get me out of this rut.
- Dispose of one box of stuff per month, especially children’s clothing and toys. Between my daughter’s outgrown clothes, her huge number of toys, and my own clutter, there’s plenty of stuff to unload in our house. I plan to utilize our local consignment store, the local Habitat for Humanity Restore, eBay, Craigslist, and swap.com to dispose of one box of stuff per month.
- Have a (brief) look-ahead session prior to start of each month. I have a fridge calendar, a planner, and an accordion filing folder for storing paperwork needed in the upcoming months. I know I should go through all of them before the start of every month to avoid surprises and forgotten appointments, but I rarely do. This year, I’m putting this into place!
What are your goals for 2018??
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