goals: 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

I'm not a big fan of New Year's resolutions. I work out year round and eat fairly healthy most of the time, and I'm already obnoxiously organized so why force the label maker to work overtime. I like my job and the amount of time I commit to my friends and self, and when I really want to do something, I just figure out how to do it - no timeline needed.

So for 2017, I'm taking a bite size approach to the resolution game by committing to a goal every week and fulfilling a bigger goal of writing more often by posting my progress here. And in the process of making more small goals, I hope to establish lasting habits (an approach my friend KBD takes with her simple resolutions). 

I'm a little late to the game so I'll catch up now in the hopes that I can inspire you as well.

I know, it's kind of silly to give yourself a goal that you're going to take on anyway, but it's not easy going back to work after a nice break and that Christmas tree still staring at you. Plus, it's rewarding to purge unused holiday decorations, give away lights that were barely working (someone said they would fix them, power to you brother!), and getting your furniture back into place. I just wish the neighbor with the lights still framing his house would take on a similar goal.

Networking is important all of the time, but we often don't think about it until we really need it - we lose a job, we're interviewing for a new one or someone asks at the wrong time! Leaving a LinkedIn recommendation for a colleague is the modern day "dropping a nice note" that ultimately brings good results. I committed to write at least one recommendation every day this week and hope to continue this little habit all year!

Reading is my favorite pastime while commuting in and out of the city. I have recently been so distracted and my current book was not initially peaking my interest! So this was the week that I buckled down and read through The Fortune Hunter: A Novel by Daisy Goodwin (it turned out to be a great ending!). And while watching the New England Patriots win the AFC championship, I finally finished and am ready to start Love Warrior (Oprah's Book Club): A Memoir by Glennon Doyle Melton.

What are your 2017 goals?

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