New Year new goals

I’ll get to the new goals in a minute, but first a look back at 2012. Here is how I did on my one-year goals from the past year.

  • Learn Spanish. Nope.
  • Start a brain cancer non-profit (✓). Did something super simple on the cheap just to say I could cross this one off.
  • Compete in a Hearts tournament. Not yet, but I’m on a mailing list for online Hearts tournaments. Listserv is half the battle.
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month. Nope.
  • Start a website for our son (✓). Done.
  • Get good at photography (✓ sorta). I take lots of pictures. Some of them are good. A monkey at a keyboard will write Shakespeare if he types long enough.

Now for my to-stop-doing list of 2012:

  • Yard work. We paid for someone to fertilize, but the rest is up to me/us.
  • Shaving. I still shave, but less frequently.
  • Haircuts. I still get haircuts, but less frequently.
  • Talking on the phone (✓). Proud to say I can go almost a week without a phone conversation.
  • Junk mail (✓). Proud to say I throw most of our mail in the trash.
  • Home Depot projects. Few and far between.

Now, onto 2013 …

Life list update, 2013

Life list / bucket list: Spend an afternoon, or even just half an hour, listing out a range of activities and experiences you’d like to have sometime. The typical life list contains a wide variety of goals, ranging from the trivial (“try 100 fruits”) to the difficult (“camp on Antarctica”).

  • Compete in a Hearts tournament
  • Write a book about my dad
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn Spanish
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month
  • See a U.S. soccer game live
  • Attend the World Cup
  • See a hockey game in Europe
  • Get access to Boise State practices and skybox
  • Get organized, live simply
  • Visit Park City, Utah
  • Start a business – selfpreneur
  • Manage the budget
  • Read Positive Discipline: Zero to Three Years
  • Give to charity: Pets, brain cancer, SPU
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter
  • Read the whole Bible in one year
  • Memorize the book of James
  • Play more board games
  • Write a book – any book
  • Attend a Steelheads game
  • See Scott and Hannah
  • See Nicholas
  • See Joshua and Lori
  • See Casey and Alyssa
  • Visit Seattle
  • Kayak the San Juans
  • Be involved in football
  • Wish lanterns on the beach
  • Get a Master’s degree in something
  • Teach at a college
  • Ask for at least one gift from KickStarter

Take the overall list and break it down into measurable goals with an approximate deadline.

  • Compete in a Hearts tournament (2013)
  • Write a book about my dad (~ 2015)
  • Learn to play the piano, i.e. Play a song by ear (2017)
  • Learn Spanish, i.e. Understand a conversation in Spanish (2017)
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (2013)
  • See a U.S. soccer game live (2014)
  • Attend the World Cup (∞)
  • See a hockey game in Europe (∞)
  • Get access to Boise State practices and skybox (∞)
  • Get organized, live simply, i.e. Remove clutter by giving things away (2013)
  • Visit Park City, Utah (2014)
  • Start a business – selfpreneur, i.e. Make enough income elsewhere that I can quit my job (2014)
  • Manage the budget, i.e. Check transactions, expenses, and income at least monthly (2013)
  • Read Positive Discipline: Zero to Three Years (2013)
  • Give to charity: Pets, brain cancer, SPU, i.e. Give $100 to each cause (2017)
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter, i.e. Walk shelter dogs once a month (2017)
  • Read the whole Bible in one year (2015)
  • Memorize the book of James (2017)
  • Play more board games, i.e. Have a game night/afternoon with friends at least once a month (2013)
  • Write a book – any book, i.e. Publish something on Amazon (2013)
  • Attend a Steelheads game (2013)
  • See Scott and Hannah (2013)
  • See Nicholas (2013)
  • See Joshua and Lori (2013)
  • See Casey and Alyssa (2013)
  • Visit Seattle (2014)
  • Kayak the San Juans (2017)
  • Be involved in football, i.e. Serve as coach/scout for a team (∞)
  • Wish lanterns on the beach (2013)
  • Get a Master’s degree in something (∞)
  • Teach at a college (∞)
  • Ask for at least one gift from KickStarter (2013)

Radical goal-setting, 2013

One-year goals: This list gets reviewed a few times a year, and I create next year’s goals each December. I break this list down into further specific categories. Some of mine are Writing, Health, Business, Friends, Family, Service, Travel, Income, and Giving.

  • Compete in a Hearts tournament (2013)
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (2013)
  • Get organized, live simply, i.e. Remove clutter by giving things away (2013)
  • Manage the budget, i.e. Check transactions, expenses, and income at least monthly (2013)
  • Read Positive Discipline: Zero to Three Years (2013)
  • Play more board games, i.e. Have a game night/afternoon with friends at least once a month (2013)
  • Write a book – any book, i.e. Publish something on Amazon (2013)
  • Attend a Steelheads game (2013)
  • See Scott and Hannah (2013)
  • See Nicholas (2013)
  • See Joshua and Lori (2013)
  • See Casey and Alyssa (2013)
  • Wish lanterns on the beach (2013)
  • Ask for at least one gift from KickStarter (2013)

Five-year goals: This list gets reviewed once a year and contains some of the “big things” you hope to do in the near future. Note that as some of the goals on the one-year list are completed, other goals from the five-year list shift down.

  • Write a book about my dad (~ 2015)
  • Learn to play the piano, i.e. Play a song by ear (2017)
  • Learn Spanish, i.e. Understand a conversation in Spanish (2017)
  • See a U.S. soccer game live (2014)
  • Visit Park City, Utah (2014)
  • Read the whole Bible in one year (2015)
  • Start a business – selfpreneur, i.e. Make enough income elsewhere that I can quit my job (2014)
  • Give to charity: Pets, brain cancer, SPU, i.e. Give $100 to each cause (2017)
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter, i.e. Walk shelter dogs once a month (2017)
  • Memorize the book of James (2017)
  • Visit Seattle (2014)
  • Kayak the San Juans (2017)

Lifetime goals: This list gets reviewed once a year and includes everything that you want to do, but either don’t have a timeline for or will take a long time to accomplish.

  • Attend the World Cup (∞)
  • See a hockey game in Europe (∞)
  • Get access to Boise State practices and skybox (∞)
  • Be involved in football, i.e. Serve as coach/scout for a team (∞)
  • Get a Master’s degree in something (∞)
  • Teach at a college (∞)

To-stop-doing list, 2013

The best way to stop spending time on unnecessary distractions is to make a “to-stop-doing list.” This is better than a to-do list, because it helps you see what’s bringing you down. Your to-stop-doing list is exactly what it sounds like: a list of things you simply don’t want to do anymore.

  • Working
  • Watching movies / TV shows I don’t like

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Lindsay’s lists, 2013

First, a review of last year …

One-year goals: Start a family (✓), wish lanterns on the beach, own an iPad (✓), watch a meteor shower, spend more time outside (✓), plant new vegetables in the garden (✓), visit family in Montana (✓)

To-stop-doing list: couponing, going to Valley Shepherd services (✓), cleaning the bathrooms, sitting in traffic / driving (✓)

Lindsay’s updated life list, 2013

  • Get a master’s degree in counseling
  • Own a dog
  • Travel to the East Coast
  • Watch a meteor shower
  • Spend more time outside
  • Plant new vegetables in the garden
  • Pergola
  • Make at least one gift for everyone
  • Join a mom group
  • Attend the kid’s book reading at the library
  • Do P90X for 30 days
  • Take clothing items to consignment
  • Paint/redo Evan’s play room
  • Go paddleboarding
  • Install a sprinkler system for the garden
  • Grow a raspberry patch
  • Cut her hair very short
  • Buy new glasses
  • Move
  • See more plays
  • See a Broadway show
  • Take Evan to an aquarium
  • Visit England
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Get a passport
  • Own an SUV
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Do a snowshoeing/yurt getaway

One-year goals: meteor shower, spend time outside, plant new vegetables in the garden, make gifts, join a mom group, attend library kids’ reading, P90X, consignment, raspberry patch, glasses, get a passport

Five-year goals: Master’s degree, pergola, Evan’s play room, paddleboarding, sprinkler system for garden, see more plays, Evan aquarium,

Lifetime goals: Own a dog, travel to the East Coast, haircut, move, see a Broadway show, visit England, visit the Caribbean, SUV, snowshoeing

Lindsay’s updated to-stop-doing list

  • Clothes shopping in stores

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