I can’t believe it’s 2018! Where did the time go? Why don’t I have a flying car yet?
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Have you made any resolutions or plans? One of the best pieces of advice I’ve read about setting goals is to break it down into all the little things that need doing. If you need to go to the dentist, ask yourself why you haven’t done it yet, then break it into smaller chunks. First, you have to find the number for the dentist. Second, you need to call the dentist during business hours. Third, you need to not cancel within 48 hours of the appointment. Fourth…and so on. The idea being that every goal is actually a series of smaller goals that you have accomplish as well, and you need to figure out where you’re finding roadblocks.
Every year, I resolve to be tidier and more organized, and every year I never get close. After reading Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, I realized part of my problem is I attach way too much meaning to things I own. I remember who gave said thing to me and for what holiday. My mom and dad bought me a stereo for my 17th birthday, and I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away when I was 27. I didn’t own any records, neither of the tape decks worked, I couldn’t get a single station on the radio, and my mom was begging me to throw it out, and I couldn’t do it because I thought I would be seen as ungrateful or something.
I’m not a hoarder and this isn’t a cry for help, but it is a way for me to think about the psychological barriers that keep me from doing the things I say I’m going to do.
One of my big goals this year is to be okay with asking to be paid for what I do. Most of what I’ll be doing in 2018 will be over here on this new blog for Patreon subscribers, and I worry people will think I’m being mean for not sharing it for free. But if it were easy to set and maintain boundaries, we wouldn’t be talking about it, right?
Yeah, you can see the family counsellor in me coming through here, eh?
What are your goals for the year? What do you want to change? What do you see as a barrier? How can we all help?