Sunday, January 26, 2014

Altered Goals

I thought I would be posting a lot this month with an in-depth discussion about my goals for 2014.  As I've struggled to get almost anything done this moth I've realized that I need to make my goals very, very limited.

Things that are important to me include a lot of things, but I just can't do everything.  In fact, I can't really do very much since I am pretty slow in developing skills / learning and reading.  I also do not have very much time to myself.

I'm interested in (in no particular order):
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Sports (watching)
    • Hockey
    • Rugby
    • Football
  • Sports (participating)
    • Swimming
    • In-line skating
    • Rugby
    • Hockey (wish I could)
    • Joining some sort of team
    • Sailing
  • Short fiction writing
    • Horror
    • Fantasy
    • Mystery
    • Sci-Fi
    • Comedy
    • Audio Drama
  • Novel writing (same genres as my short fiction)
  • Bike commuting
  • Podcasting
  • Old Time Radio
  • Pets
    • Getting another Bearded Dragon
    • Getting a dog
    • Pond fish
  • Gardening
  • Camping
  • Boy Scouts, specifically Commissioning
  • Girl Scouting
  • Deism
  • Forestry
  • Staying healthy and doing things that will help me prolong my life
  • Romance
  • Family
  • Music
    • Ukulele
    • Bass (wish I could play)
    • Sax
    • Wish I could join a band
  • History
    • Military in general
    • WWII era
    • Chicago
    • Greece
  • Astronomy and star gazing
  • Greek and Greece
  • Family vacation
  • Reading
So you can see that there are a lot of things.  A lot of these things have additional expansions below them.  A lot either need a huge investment of time, money or both.  Some of these things are very personal, some are charitable and some are involved with others in a mutual nature.

Even when I start to narrow down the list or prioritize it so that I can develop goals I end up adding more and more.

Previously I listed five areas for goals:
  1. Greek
  2. Archaeology
  3. Writing
  4. New Job
  5. Commissioning
I left off a health oriented goal, but two weeks ago I weighed myself and clearly I need to exercise on a regular basis.  You can see that the goals keep getting scope creep. If I want to change these six to areas of importance rather than goals it might help, but I'm not completely convinced.

I think I need to tighten this very much, man up and focus.

My will make just two goals:
  1. Learn Greek
  2. Get published
However I will measure everything I do against 7 priority levels:
  1. Staying healthy
  2. Learning Greek
  3. Staying employed
  4. Family support (things my family needs me to do)
  5. Commissioning
  6. Getting published
  7. Archaeology
I'm going to talk about my priorities more on Flowers of Mundelein.  I'll track my Greek goal on Flowers and my publishing goals here.


Terrier6 said...


Inner Prop said...

That is an INTEREST, not a goal, just remember.

(That did make me laugh though)

"Terrier6" huh?