Photo credit: Katie Treadway
Photo credit: Katie Treadway
14. Accountability – Let’s get accountable: share your goals for this week!
Since it is a new year, there are a number of tasks I try to complete before the end of each January. I’ll try to knock two of them out this week:
A third of these routine new year tasks I completed by January 1: creating new 2018 folders on my laptop. There are a few items in the 2017 folders I need to move into the 2018 versions. I’ll do that as the needs arise.
Another remains: update Quicken to be ready for tax preparation time. Since we never receive all the 1099 reports until the end of January, I set this goal for January 31.
Mentors – Do you have any past (or present) mentors? Tell us a little bit about them!
While I have always sought to learn from the examples of others, I have never had a discussion with anyone where the word mentor or mentoring was used, except in the world of Toastmasters.
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Coaches – Who are some of the people who have coached you to success along the way?
Answering this question could take some time. And will be long. There are so many, though I’m sure not all the people I’ve learned from would consider themselves my coaches or even know they passed on lessons.
The last three bullets look like a draft for an acknowledgements page for my work-in-progress. An appropriate point to wrap this one up, I think.
Digital or Analog? – Are you more into digital or analog systems for keeping up with everything in your life? Why?
This is a no brainer. Digital all the way.
That’s why I tried the Fitbit. I had hoped it would capture the information on my activity so that I wouldn’t have to keep up transferring information to my spreadsheets manually. But it wasn’t successful. Maybe I wasn’t patient enough.
That’s why I use Goodreads to help me track not only my reading activity but my reading goals (though I won’t join in their challenge this year because that sidetracked me last year).
That’s why I decided to increase my use of Google calendar instead of buying a notebook to use for journaling and goal keeping. If I have to pick up a physical thing or two–notebook and pen–in order to track my thoughts, I’ll have to keep them with me all the time. I’m already keeping my phone with me all the time. I don’t want to have to lug more stuff than that.
So, I’m digital. All the time. Enough said.
Tools – What kinds of tools do you use to help with your self-improvement goals?
I’ve tried a lot of tools. Everything works for awhile. But none do the work for me.
Note, however, that since 2012 I haven’t continued using this system. You can also see the year-long gap in 2009 when I didn’t keep it up. But if I decide the graphic reminders will help me, I’m ready.
The Goals feature allows me to specify how much time and how often I want to spend on an activity. The Google calendar figures out when to schedule the activity, based on other events I already have on my calendar each day. It reminds me of the goal ahead of time. And it prompts me to record either that I completed it or that I need to reset it for later when the scheduled time has passed. It also shows me how many times out of my goal number I completed the activity for the current week and at least the week before.
I’ve even begun adding Reminders for the expiration date of those $4.00 off coupons from CVS so I don’t just miss using it by a day or two. I don’t expect it will save me a fortune, but sometimes pennies count.
Motivation – Where do you find your motivation on days when it’s hard to keep pressing on?
I look at my husband, whether he’s awake and reading a book, or asleep in the bed or on the couch napping. I look at him and that always brings me a smile.
I look at our son and his wife. When I do, I can’t believe how lucky I am to have them in my life.
I look at our grandchildren. They tire me out, but always with a smile. I know I have to figure out a way to spend time with them that is quieter, less frantic, in order to introduce them to the power of patience and waiting to see what will come.
I look for the people in my community–my church community, my writing community, my civic community. They challenge me to do something good for others and that always ends up bringing more good into my life.
Those are the things that motivate me, by reminding me of how blessed my life is. With their support, I know I can do something great.
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