Goal Setting is one of the elements of putting Positive Psychology to work. (Blog link here) While I’ve not been that intentional on life goals (yet), I have set and tracked yearly goals in some of my activity areas.
BLOG POSTS – My personal goal is 1 blog/week, which I tend to post on Sunday evening (habit). So with a 52/year goal, in 2020, I had 42 posts published (this post is #43). But, as I was checking on that, I also saw that I had over 7000 visitors to my blog in 2020! That number is a WOW to me! Thank you so much for being here!!
So while not hitting the goal, I am still pretty happy that after 5 years blogging, I’m still here and my readers are as well. In case you were curious what they were reading, my posts with highest views this past year were:
- WOTY 2020 – Release (link)
- What I’m Not Doing – Am I a Quarantine Failure? (link)
- Gratitude (link)
- Summer in Isolation (link)
NEW THINGS – My goal in 2020 was 101 New Things. Obviously the pandemic hit this goal space hard. I only managed to get to 80 for the year. Given the year we’ve had, I guess that’s pretty good. Back in August I caught up on my New Things list (link here),which still captures the year as the new things did not progress much further.
Now if I had counted all the new recipes I tried, that might have hit over 101! Of course, few of those new recipes were good enough to be added into our normal rotation. I am still in search of a good recipe for Thai Spicy Brown Sauce for stir-fry! My goal continues to be at least one new recipe a week. Maybe next year, I’ll keep better track of what I’ve tried and how it worked out (or didn’t work out).
BOOKS READ – This goal area was a new category for me this year. I’ve always been an avid reader but never kept track of books read, not even with one of the on-line systems. I set a goal of 52 – one per week. As you might imagine, with the pandemic, that was goal blown away. I hit 98 by the end of November and expect it could be over 100 by end of the year, but we also just started binge watching a new-to-us TV series, so evening reading is not happening!
So overall, my goal achievement was so-so. But I am OK with that as I believe that by tracking areas, I tend to do more of each of them than I might have by not tracking.
As I move into 2021, can you help me understand what activity goals do you set and track that are linked to your life goals?
Picture Credit: me. a return to our Florida morning view – 1st December sunrise on return.