WOW! It's a new year and we're already 21 days into it. Time does fly. Many people make resolutions for each new year and those resolutions have probably fallen by the way side by now or are getting ready to. I have never seen the need or reason to make resolutions but as I have grown older I have started to set goals for myself each year. I try to come up with at least four goals in three different categories for the year and share them with my family and coworkers, that way they keep me accountable. I try to make goals for my family, my personal growth (This include me and my freelancing) and my job (the place I work for "real").
If I complete them or not doesn't always matter because working on them can be a growing experience and I can learn from what I do and possibly complete them the next year. I know it sounds like a cop-out but sometimes you don't always realize the turns life will take or how difficult some things really are. But if you put forth the effort you are rewarded with the satisfaction of trying and possibly setting up the next year to be great.
So, now you are probably wondering what my goals are.
- Vacation up north with family
- Vacation at the beach (I know 2 vacations but one is with extended family and one is with my girls and wife. Each is a great time to get to know my family members, build relationships and make memories.)
- Do some local day trips (Each year we try to do these. Some years we succeed.
- Go camping (My girls are 7 and have never been "real" camping out in the woods or somewhere. So this spring we're going.)
- Grow my freelance business
- Read some of the books I was supposed to read in college
- Sketch and draw more
- Create and send out promotional pieces for my business
- Learn some new software (Not sure what yet.)
- Bring more jobs in-house (We use an agency at work to do some of our jobs because I get swamped with internal projects.)
- Create a work flow process (again this may be a challenge as we have many small one offs.)
- Take time to meet my co-workers (This is important because many times we work with so many people but never really know them. We know their name but not really who they are.)