Goals? Why? This year is trash!
Yes, 2020 has been trash, but I cannot in good conscience throw my whole year away. While Q2 was a total wash, I’ve decided to reinvigorate my Q3 goals. This year is not yet lost!
This post is for anyone, who like me, is not convinced that we need a 2020 do over. I have to believe that there is some good going to come from all of the madness. It’s the only thing keeping me going, LOL. Can I just say the fact that we’re calling this year trash and we’re only halfway through it, says a lot? I feel like I’ve been in perpetual side eye mode.
Hopefully, you have already set Q3 goals for the rest of the year. If you haven’t, I hope you’ll be inspired to create some. If you have already set your Q3 goals, we can compare notes and keep each other accountable along the way.
I know 2020 has beat a lot of us down thus far, and we have had a lot to contend with in the last six months. However, we can’t allow that to keep us down. (I was feeling real cheerleader-ish when I wrote that and I hope you felt it!)
I have a history of starting and stopping SO much stuff (this website included). If things aren’t exactly the way I think they should be, I stop. In case you aren’t aware, this method doesn’t help you accomplish goals…at all. (That’s total sarcasm folks.) What it makes you do, is not finish a lot of things. I used to tell myself that I just got bored, but deep down, I know that wasn’t the case. If I finish stuff, along comes the expectation from myself that it be great, or that I have to elevate and do the next thing. I know you’re thinking that this sounds productive, and it is. It can also be overwhelming, and my case triggers my fear/perfection issues. You see where I’m going with this? It is a vicious cycle.
The Goal Game Changer
At the end of 2019, I read Atomic Habits by James Clear. It was a game changer! It helped me see that by solely focusing on my goals, I was triggering my own failure. As you can probably guess by the title, the book encourages the shift to focusing on your habits. Do I keep the goals? Sure, but I look at the habits I need to start, stop, keep, or modify for results.
About Those Q3 Goals
Here’s how my goals and habits are shaping up for this quarter:
Goal: Read and review 15 books
Habit: Keep – Read for at least 45 minutes as part of my weekday morning routine (1 hr weekends). Start – scheduling time to write reviews.
Notes: I typically read much more than this, but it is baseline that keeps me on task. The writing the review part is going to be a challenge. As you can see here, I read and rarely review.
Goal: Re-launch Dash & Stir, gain 300 new blog subscribers.
Habit: Start – Write and post at least twice a week to blog. Start – weekly newsletter.
Notes: There are A LOT more habits for this. 🙂 If you’re reading this, subscribe and help a sista out!
Goal: Get into my Siatta jeans comfortably.
Habit: Modify – 30 minutes of physical activity 5 days/week. Start – tracking caloric intake.
Notes: I can get into these jeans, but they are TIGHT, like I’m scared to bend over or sit down tight. I currently exercise, but it is not 5 days/week. When I track calories, I am much more conscious of what I am eating.
Goal: Declutter the main floor (which is part of a bigger declutter the house goal)
Habit: Start – Scheduling a specific weekly declutter time.
Note: The main floor consists of the living room, dining room, kitchen/pantry, and office. Gotta love an open floor plan. :-/
Goal: Create a second stream of income.
Habit: Stop – giving my talent away. Start – charging for your knowledge. Keep – sharing my gifts
Note: I’m the queen of “have you thought about…” and the next thing you know, I’m in full consulting mode. I recently provided some content strategy suggestions to my friend. Her follow-up was “when can we schedule a full consult, and what is your rate?” Me: I’ll get back to you!
Let’s Get It
This gives you a bit of insight into what I’ll be up to for the next few months as I try to salvage what’s left of 2020. Do you follow the method of setting small habits to achieve your goals as mentioned in Atomic Habits? Try it out. Drop a comment to share one of your goals for this quarter. We can be goal friends and will turn this trashy year into a treasure!
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