This whole monthly goal thing has been so much more approachable (and successful!) for me than New Years' resolutions or anything else long term like that.
30 (ish) days is such a reasonable amount of time to stick to something and/or accomplish something worthwhile. In February, I had three goals:
1. Stick to running plan
2. Submit poems or manuscript to at least 6 magazines/presses
3. Read two books
I did beautifully with goals #1 and #2--I've been running every other day (increasing distance) and I sent poems off to four magazines and two presses. As for goal #3, I read The Help and am in the middle of The Hunger Games. I've read Hunger Games before, but I wanted to refresh my memory before starting the second book in the series. The Help was tremendous--I didn't want to put it down. Plus, it was inspired by someone I worked with at Tulane!
If only my reading wasn't being derailed by the New Super Mario Bros for Wii addiction we have going on in this household . . . .
The tricky part about monthly goals is that they kind of keep building on themselves; it's not like I don't want to keep up with running, reading, and submitting poems in March. And yet, I need a few more goals! So the months become a bit more difficult. But in the best possible way, I think. Here are my (new) March goals:
1. Read 10 short stories
2. Write a short story
3. Save $400
4. Try 3 new recipes
We'll see if goal #3 is feasible, but I sure would like to try. I think it will involve close contact with Mint.com and lots of budgeting (an area in which I know I need improvement). As far as writing a short story goes, it's something I've wanted to do for a long time, but it's so intimidating to me; writing fiction is an entirely different game than writing poetry.
Here are some free printables from Pinterest that I think will help in goal-setting for any of us trying to be more organized in our approaches:
If you're setting monthly goals, tell me about them and/or leave me your blog link!