While George McFly's sage advice will always ring true, sometimes it's helpful to visualize goals within the context of a list. Prioritize is a good word for it. Effective time management, if you want to get all technical and stuffed-shirt about it.
I thought I would actually try something different this year and join millions (billions?) of others in making New Years Resolutions for 2012. I have a solid list of both vague and specific goals to meet at some point during the year, and what better way to hold myself accountable than invite you all to read them?
#1 - Drink less
This is more of a general goal as far as bad habits, but it will serve best first as a reminder to save money and calories. I'm fairly frugal and selective in my drinking as it is, however, I do drink often (not always a lot, but often). More of a health goal than anything else, to be honest.
#2 - Lose 10 pounds
Like a rude houseguest that won't leave, I have been carrying a little extra around with me for too long now. There are multiple reasons for this (see #1 and #3), but it's high time I made it a priority to get that little bit healthier. I can be thankful that it's only 10, and not the 55 that I needed to lose (and lost) in 2004. Definitely a vanity goal.
#3 - Exercise at least 2 times a week
Oh, exercise, you elusive beast. Frankly, it's boring, and even more boring to do alone. Working out is usually the first thing to fall off my priority list even when I don't have anything "important" to do instead. I figure a goal of 2x per week isn't exactly going to put me out, and who knows after a few months of easy I can bump it up. Might even "splurge" on a gym membership (that I'll actually use).
#4 - Publish Thomas Redpool Goes To Hell
This one is already in progress, I'm just making it more tangible by declaring it. If I don't finish anything else on this list, at least I will be able to say I did this one. It'll most likely spawn a few posts before game time, so stay tuned.
#5 - Query Scions of the Shade
Another in progress goal, and kind of a gimme for 2012. To be completely honest, I have submitted it to two separate publishers (Trapdoor included) but it deserves another round of edits before I really pour all of my effort behind it. The novel is great, and I want it to be greater. This is one I want to see on the shelves, and I'm willing to put in the time and effort to make that happen.
#6 - Finish writing Rise of the Carrion
More of a reminder than anything. If I don't finish the first draft of this prequel by the end of the year, it will be because something went horribly awry.
#7 - Vlog (start video blogging)
Now, this may not be the most noble of causes, or the most exciting of endeavors, but it's something I've been contemplating for a while now. Since I got the macbook, it has become a lot easier to do. It's something I think would be fun for me to do, fun for you to watch, and all around an exploratory venture (not to mention a tempering of my self-esteem). If you keep following this blog, you'll be informed when this takes place.
And that's it, my list of 7 things to start or finish in 2012. Do you have a list, or do you plan to make one? Post a link in the comments.
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