setting goals

After reflecting on last year’s list of resolutions, I’ve been thinking a bit about what I want to focus on in 2012.  (Yep, I’m fully aware that it’s already March.)  I struggled a bit in creating a list of actual resolutions; given the upcoming life move to California, there are a lot of things on my to-do list (buy a car, plan a cross country road trip, sell most of my furniture) that I started to include.  After jotting these initial thoughts down, though, I realized those aren’t really goals or resolutions – they simply have to get done between now and August.  So, after careful consideration, here’s where I’m focusing my energy for the remainder of 2012:

You focus on these goals. I'll focus on sitting in this comfortable chair.

  • Stick to a monthly budget.
  • Continue to put at least 20% of my income into savings.
  • Run faster – in training for my first marathon, I found that I became a slower runner.  Then I wound up with a shin-splint like injury in mid-December which equated to about 5 weeks of rest time.  Now that I’m back in a regular running routine, I’d like to incorporate at least one speed work out a week.
  • Set a PR in the 10K, 1/2 Marathon, and Marathon race distances.
  • Run smarter – for a variety of reasons, my training schedule for the NYC Marathon last year was only about 13 weeks.  This year I want to commit to a full 18-week training plan.  Related to this goal, I’d like to stick to a one drink maximum on any night before long runs.  (I have a feeling this will be easier said than done.)
  • Get out of town/take a mini-vacation once a month.  Saving up for the move to California will make it tricky to travel internationally this year, so I’m hoping local travel will satisfy my wanderlust.
  • Read at least 2 books a month.
  • Learn to knit.
  • Get back into playing the guitar.
  • Take the GRE in the late fall/early winter.
  • Incorporate more discipline and training into Cop’s daily routine and take him running once a week.  I think these are good, proactive ways to get Cop ready for a new home with a much bigger pack, including two other pups and a feline.
  • Be better at keeping in touch.  I’ve had the chance to catch up with a few former RAs in the past couple of weeks and that, coupled with the impending move, has made me realize that I have a really bad tendency to lost track of people once they’re out of a 20 or 30 block radius from me.  I’m making it a goal to have at least two quality catch up sessions a month with people I don’t see on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Check off at least 75% of my NYC Bucket List.

It’s a shorter list, and there’s definitely some repeats from last year (both accomplished and unfinished) but all in all, I’m looking forward to making all of these resolutions a reality.

Now it’s your turn to share – tell me one thing you’re focusing on this year. =)

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