It's the time of year when many bloggers are writing detailed reviews about their last year's personal and lifestyle goals, and either congratulating themselves or indulging in self-flagellation depending on their degree of success.
And then setting out even more ambitious plans for the year ahead. Some I've read mention up to 25 goals for the year - that averages out at two per month.
Cut yourself some slack, FFS !
Where's the benefit in, for example, aiming to read a particular number of new self-help books each month ? Or to commit to writing a minimum number of blog posts ? Or cycling an arbitrary number of miles each week ? What's wrong with simply doing as much as you feel like at the time - why is it desirable that every peripheral activity in your life should be forecasted and measured ? Can you really predict what your motivational levels will be on each of the next 360-odd days, and that's not counting the times when you might be feeling under the weather, or you simply end up doing other things.
For the record, my own 2016 Goals are as follows :-
- Generally drift along as I've done happily for many years
- Do a bit of paid work when it's available, hopefully with a few trips to interesting locations included
- Get up when I wake up, with only a rude awakening from an alarm clock when it's absolutely unavoidable
- Take a few holidays
- Grow some vegetables and flowers
- Maybe build something in the garden, or maybe not
- Maybe mess around with new projects or experiments
- Play a bit of golf when the weather's fine
- Take afternoon naps whenever I feel like it
- Save the money that's left after I've bought all the things I need / want
Let's hope I can achieve all these goals ...