07 Jan Goals and schedules…
That’s what I’m thinking about today – goals for 2013, 2014 and schedules. Every year I draft a list of quilt business related goals for the year. For 2013, I had 17 goals. I know that meeting them all is a bit unrealistic, but I record them anyway as a way to remind myself of what I really want to do. I met 9 of my 17 goals fully and 2 partially. Not the greatest percentage, but, since I am a recovering perfectionist, I try not to beat myself up about these things. I do also believe in taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves. I never would have imagined, at this time last year, that I’d have the chance to be on Quilting Arts TV! The time invested in taking advantage of that opportunity may have contributed to my not meeting a goal, but I am completely sure that it was the right choice. That was a real “out of my comfort zone” thing for me to do and I am so glad I did it.
For 2014, I have identified 13 goals. I must admit, the only thing really challenging about most of these goals is the time required to get them done. Which brings me to the schedules part of my thoughts.
I am trying to set up a schedule for both my personal life and my quilting life that will enable me to get everything done. That’s a tall order I know. I’m trying to be sure to include things like working on my financial records on a consistent basis throughout the year instead of doing most of it at the end of the year 🙂 I’m also trying to add exercise into my life (again). All I have to do is convince myself that going to the gym at 6:30 am is really what I want to do 🙂 Now that my younger daughter finally has her driver’s license, at least I won’t have to be picking her up from work at 12:30 am, so that should help!
One goal that I will be disappointed if I don’t meet is to submit a book proposal to a publisher. I have wanted to write a book for a long time – since before I began writing patterns even. I have several ideas running around in my head and I need to set the time aside (see schedule above) to think things through and sort them out into a viable proposal and then, write it! Even the thought makes me a bit nervous, but I CAN do it.
So, how about you? Have you set any goals for the year? Are any of them real stretches for you? I know 2014 is going to be a fantastic year!