Focusing on Goals
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
I set goals every month - some big, some small. I also set bigger goals for a year - some big, some small.
And then I get wild hairs and want to do other things. Right now, I want to learn how to fly a small plane. I have no idea what to do. There will be flight school, expenses, etc. I'm not worried about figuring it out. I'm worried about it distracting from other goals I have set for myself like reading 26 books per year, learning to ride my road bike, getting my PHR certification, etc. I also have this awesome theremin at home I need to figure out how to play.
How do I decide which ones mean the most? How do I know when to delay a goal? With a full-time job and a kid, working on the big goals means some of the smaller goals, like regular exercise or finishing 6 puzzles a year, start to fall through the cracks.
Maybe I take my big goals (flying a plane, getting my PHR certification, learning to play the theremin, ride the road bike, and self publish a book) and say they are things I will do before I'm 40. That gives me 2 years, 2 months and 4 days.
My real problem is that I get interested in other things along the way, but never lose interest in the things I already have on my list.
I break down my big goals into small, achievable goals and that works well. But then I end up with a pile of small goals every month that is starting to feel overwhelming.