The 2014 year in goals

Before I get to the present, let’s take a look at the past. The following were my one-year goals for 2013.

  • Compete in a Hearts tournament. Nope. Have you ever tried finding a Hearts tournament? Impossible.
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (✓). Participated, did neither finish nor fare particularly well.
  • Get organized, live simply (✓). Removed a lot of clutter. Gave a lot away. Still have a lot more to remove and give.
  • Manage the budget. Check transactions monthly. Nope.
  • Read Positive Discipline: Zero to Three Years (✓).
  • Have a game night/afternoon with friends at least once a month. Nope. Played more board games on the iPad though.
  • Write a book – any book (✓). Wrote an e-book that I can’t remember the name of right now.
  • Attend a Steelheads game. Nope.
  • See Scott and Hannah (✓).
  • See Nicholas (✓).
  • See Joshua and Lori. Nope.
  • See Casey and Alyssa. Nope.
  • Wish lanterns on the beach (✓ sorta). We did wish lanterns in the back yard, almost burned the neighborhood down.
  • Ask for at least one gift from KickStarter (✓). Bought myself a gift from Kickstarter: $3 for Coin Age, a map the size of a business card that someone turned into a game.

And here’s the to-stop-doing list of 2013:

  • Working. Still working on that (see what I did there?).
  • Watching movies / TV shows I don’t like (✓).

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Now, onto 2014…

Life list update, 2014

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
  • Visit Park City, Utah
  • Work from home, remotely, be my own boss, etc.
  • Manage the budget
  • 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
  • Move to Boise
  • Drink more green tea
  • Write daily
  • Exercise daily
  • Pray/Bible/meditate daily
  • Do five pull-ups a day, twice a week
  • Build a draft board with Evan for a Madden game
  • Ski more
  • Mountain bike more
  • Own an iPad
  • Go through dad activity books with Evan
  • Be a one-car household
  • Smoothie month
  • Meatless month
  • Unprocessed food month
  • Cook Pad Thai
  • Attend a Presbyterian church regularly
  • Play on an organized sports team / start a game night at church
  • Catch up on Adventure Time
  • Contribute to Edward Jones accounts
  • Clean up the piles in the bedroom

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

  • Compete in a Hearts tournament (∞)
  • Write and publish a book about my dad (2015)
  • Play a song by ear on the piano (2017)
  • Listen and understand a Spanish soccer telecast (∞)
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (2014)
  • See a U.S. soccer game live (2017)
  • Attend the World Cup (∞)
  • See a hockey game in Europe (∞)
  • Get access to Boise State football practices and skybox (∞)
  • Visit Park City, Utah (2017)
  • Work from home, remotely, be my own boss, etc. (2014)
  • Check the budget/transactions at least once a month (2014)
  • Give to charity: Pets, brain cancer, SPU (∞)
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter (∞)
  • Read the whole Bible in one year (2016)
  • Memorize the book of James (2014)
  • Play board games with friends or family at least once a month (2014)
  • Write a book – any book (2014)
  • Attend a Steelheads game (2014)
  • See Scott and Hannah (2014)
  • See Nicholas (2014)
  • See Joshua and Lori (2014)
  • See Casey and Alyssa (2014)
  • Visit Seattle (2014)
  • Kayak the San Juans (∞)
  • Coach special teams for high school football (∞)
  • Get a Master’s degree in something (∞)
  • Teach at a college (∞)
  • Move to Boise (2017)
  • Drink green tea at least once a week (2014)
  • Write 500 words daily (2014)
  • Exercise five times per week (2014)
  • Pray/Bible/meditate daily (2014)
  • Do five pull-ups a day, twice a week (2014)
  • Build a draft board with Evan for a Madden game (∞)
  • Get a skiing season pass (2017)
  • Go on biking trails five times or more (2017)
  • Own an iPad (∞)
  • Go through dad activity books with Evan (∞)
  • Be a one-car household (∞)
  • Substitute a smoothie for a meal every day during one month (2014)
  • Do not eat meat for one month (2014)
  • Do not eat processed food for one month (2014)
  • Cook Pad Thai (2014)
  • Attend a Presbyterian church regularly (∞)
  • Play on an organized sports team / start a sports night at church (∞)
  • Watch all available episodes of Adventure Time (2014)
  • Contribute to Edward Jones accounts (2014)
  • Sell and donate all items in the bedroom piles (2014)

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.

  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (2014)
  • Work from home, remotely, be my own boss, etc. (2014)
  • Check the budget/transactions at least once a month (2014)
  • Memorize the book of James (2014)
  • Play board games with friends or family at least once a month (2014)
  • Write a book – any book (2014)
  • Attend a Steelheads game (2014)
  • See Scott and Hannah (2014)
  • See Nicholas (2014)
  • See Joshua and Lori (2014)
  • See Casey and Alyssa (2014)
  • Visit Seattle (2014)
  • Drink green tea at least once a week (2014)
  • Write 500 words daily (2014)
  • Exercise five times per week (2014)
  • Pray/Bible/meditate daily (2014)
  • Do five pull-ups a day, twice a week (2014)
  • Substitute a smoothie for a meal every day during one month (2014)
  • Do not eat meat for one month (2014)
  • Do not eat processed food for one month (2014)
  • Cook Pad Thai (2014)
  • Watch all available episodes of Adventure Time (2014)
  • Contribute to Edward Jones accounts (2014)
  • Sell and donate all items in the bedroom piles (2014)

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 and publish a book about my dad (2015)
  • Play a song by ear on the piano (2017)
  • Listen and understand a Spanish soccer telecast (∞)
  • Participate in National Novel Writing Month (2014)
  • See a U.S. soccer game live (2017)
  • Move to Boise (2017)
  • Visit Park City, Utah (2017)
  • Read the whole Bible in one year (2016)
  • Get a skiing season pass (2017)
  • Go on biking trails five times or more (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.

  • Compete in a Hearts tournament (∞)
  • Listen and understand a Spanish soccer telecast (∞)
  • Attend the World Cup (∞)
  • See a hockey game in Europe (∞)
  • Get access to Boise State football practices and skybox (∞)
  • Give to charity: Pets, brain cancer, SPU (∞)
  • Volunteer at the local animal shelter (∞)
  • Kayak the San Juans (∞)
  • Coach special teams for high school football (∞)
  • Get a Master’s degree in something (∞)
  • Teach at a college (∞)
  • Build a draft board with Evan for a Madden game (∞)
  • Own an iPad (∞)
  • Go through dad activity books with Evan (∞)
  • Be a one-car household (∞)
  • Attend a Presbyterian church regularly (∞)
  • Play on an organized sports team / start a sports night at church (∞)

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 in the office
  • Eating refined sugar and bleached flour

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Lindsay’s lists, 2013

First, a review of last year …

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

+Bonus: Five-year goals: sprinkler system for garden (✓), Evan aquarium (✓),

To-stop-doing list: clothes shopping in stores  (✓)

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
  • Pergola
  • Make at least one gift for everyone
  • Paint/redo Evan’s play room
  • Go paddleboarding
  • Grow a raspberry patch
  • Cut her hair very short
  • Move to Boise
  • See more plays
  • See a Broadway show
  • Visit England
  • Visit the Caribbean
  • Own an SUV
  • Go snowshoeing
  • Do a snowshoeing/yurt getaway
  • Learn to swim

One-year goals: Get a master’s degree, make at least one gift for everyone, paint/redo Evan’s play room, visit the Caribbean

Five-year goals: Travel to the East Coast, go paddleboarding, grow a raspberry patch, move to Boise, see more plays, see a Broadway show, own an SUV, Go snowshoeing

Lifetime goals: Own a dog, pergola, haircut, move, visit England, learn to swim

Lindsay’s updated to-stop-doing list:

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