2021’s not-resolutions

Last year I decided not to make any resolutions. Considering how the year turned out, 2020 hindsight (do you like how I did that πŸ˜‰ ) says I made the right decision. It wasn’t a year that was easy to be resolute in. I did make some goals last year, though, and I didn’t do too badly in meeting them.

Heading into 2021 it’s pretty obvious this is going to be another year of uncertainty, so I’m keeping that in mind when I set my goals. And yes, like any good goal, I set SMART goals:

I won’t bore you with all the SMART details, but here’s a bit of an overview of my goals. Life notwithstanding, in 2021 I aim to:

  • Continue querying until I have an offer or 100 rejections (hopefully the former, but if not, 100 is my line in sand for parking in the drawer), while I finish writing my new manuscript
  • Improve my fitness
  • Clean out “stuff” (old/unused/junk) in the house and get rid of it (sell, donate, recycle…)
  • Finish landscaping the side garden
  • Step-down from my official volunteer positions and achieve better work/life balance

I think that’s a realistic set of goals and I hope I can achieve all this and more, but I need to allow for those sneaky curve-balls we’ve learnt to expect from 2020 which I am sure are going to follow us into 2021.

What are your goals for the year (or do you set resolutions)?

12 comments on “2021’s not-resolutions

  1. Giggling Fattie

    January 7, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Awesome goals!

    My goals are to improve my fitness and to focus this year on really paying down my debts. Debts I have smart goals (of course I do, I’m a teacher haha) in place but fitness not so much. Fitness its basically “drink more water, stop being a slug” which is hard during a pandemic in the winter LOL but I’m trying.

    • Ugh, I struggle in winter to exercise as well. I am such wuss when it comes to the cold. I think I would do better at eating wonderfully well in summer then hibernating all winter and burning off the summer excess through my sleep πŸ˜‰

  2. My goal for the year is to be more disciplined and stop letting myself get away with stuff. Hopefully the result will be increased productivity. And a quicker pace. Fingers crossed!

    • Increased productivity is something I am always striving for. If I wasn’t trying to do 6 things at once I’d probably do better!

  3. Funnily enough, we actually were doing SMART goals in the class I covered today. Their assignment was a vision board for the year. (I don’t have any goals for the year. I don’t do them.)

    • That’s funny that you were doing them in class. I’ve always been goal oriented, so even when I wasn’t actively planning goals, I still had them, they just weren’t formalised.

  4. Those are good resolutions, Anita. I’ve done the first three–and happy I did. Good luck with these.

    • Thanks, Jacqui. I hope I get them done – the hardest will be #3 because the Hub and Barbarians make getting rid of things more difficult!

  5. This is the tenth year in a row that I am trying to control what looks like an insipid beer gut. It’s not, I am a whiskey drinker, but there isn’t a whiskey gut.

  6. Wishing you the best in your not-resolutions! It’s been a very long time since I made any, myself, but my hope each year is to submit as much as I can and finish som3 of what I’m writing.

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