At the beginning of 2015 I set myself some goals for the year and sketchnoted them to cement them in my mind and commit to them.
I put it all down in a blog post and then proceeded on with my year, seldom taking another look at it, but with it always at the back of my mind. My goals for 2015 were:
- Focus on health
- Spend time with people I love
- Draw every day
- Read more books
- Wear more coloured lipstick
- Do work that makes me happy
So how did I do? Some of them were more challenging than others. But when I look down the list I am pleased to say I did pretty well with 4.5 out of the 7 goals I sketched at the beginning of 2015. There are a couple of things that occur to me as I reflect on this:
- A sense of achievement, I did some cool stuff (i.e. #todaysdoodle)
- Simple goals were way easier (kind of obvious I guess)
- Last year I took on a lot of work and some goals suffered for that
I’ve already started sketching out my goals for this year. I usually like to do this a little earlier, but I watched a short video by Dr Jason Fox that suggested a “fuzzy contextual beacon” rather than specific goals. So I have been playing and iterating with that idea since January 1.
Screw goals & new year resolutions. Choose one word, and have it serve as a fuzzy, contextual beacon. https://t.co/XfYTHUz6Rs
— Dr Fox, Wizard (🌳,🌳)┻┳ (@drjasonfox) January 1, 2016
Taking that advice and having reflected on the results from last year’s goal setting the lessons I take forward are:
- They need to be simple and more focused
- I am going to try themes, instead of specific activities
- One theme will drive the year
I’ll blog the results soon.
Have you set goals or themes for the year? Share your thoughts in the comments.