Setting Goals for 2009

Does anyone set themselves New Years Resolutions? It’s always about this time of the new year where the New Years Resolutions get set, or maybe, the plans you’d set have been broken already.

I’ve never been a big fan of setting New Years Resolutions and hadn’t set myself any for 2009. However last night while at Karate, Kyoshi Mahler (Master Instructor) mentioned how she had set her 2009 goals during the day – and how the goals need to balance in your life, and how you can use them to achieve what you want in the various aspects of your life.

Categorising your goals, as Kyoshi Mahler did, seems a good way of breaking them up and hopefully making them achievable. Setting goals for the year, as opposed to a New Years Resolution, made more sense to me so I sat down last night and worked on mine.

I broke my goals into the following categories:

  • Physical
  • Financial
  • Emotional / Family
  • Career
  • Personal / Astronomy / Photography

What goals have you set yourself for 2009? After writing mine, I realised that there’s just not enough hours in the day or days in the week to achieve all of mine unless I become really focused and set myself a very tight time schedule during the week.

Becoming more focused would be a great start for me I guess.. instead of “oh i’ll just check my email one more time”, or “i’ll just see what’s been happening on the forum” – ie: procrastinating! If I can focus myself and my time to start working towards these goals during those times i’m finding myself procrastinating, then it will certainly help.

I should be an Advanced Brown belt in Karate by the end of 2009, so for my Physical goals, most of them are geared towards the level of fitness I need to achieve that belt. So more jogging, more pushups, situps, squat kicks, more slow kicking, and definitely more work on my flexibility (which I continually avoid practicing).

My Personal goals include entering more Karate tournaments (and hopefully placing well), writing more articles for IceInSpace, writing more articles for this site, getting involved in IYA2009 events and promotion, getting back into planetary photography and photography in general, and hopefully being featured in an APOD.

My Financial goals are more about staying within budget and spending less on non-essentials. My Emotional goals are to do with my family and my relationships, and my Career goals are about my work attitude, achieving KPI’s, etc.

Now I just need to document them somewhere where I can see them daily – and make sure i’m always working towards them. I’ll probably use Remember the Milk, it’s a free online task system that I have been using over the last 6 months to keep track of work, IceInSpace and Personal related tasks and to-do lists (both short and long-term).

Thanks to Kyoshi Mahler for inspiring me to set my 2009 goals. I hope my post here inspires someone else to set theirs. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading.

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