March 10th, 2009 Jamie
I love making lists. They keep me organized, on task, and in the moment. I also love making goals. In fact, I love it so much that I make a point of setting a big fat list of goals twice a year–once at New Years and once at my birthday.
The thing is, life is short. College goes by fast. And if you don’t know what you want to do, there’s no way you can get it done. So combining two of my favorite things into a list of goals is the natural next step to make sure time doesn’t get away from me. Plus, it’s fun.
The “25 Things” List
One of the best things I ever did for myself was the creation of a list I wrote my freshman year of college called “Things to To Do Before I Turn 25″ (as 25 nears, though, I admit that I’ve let the number slip up to 30!). I knew there were some things I wanted to get done in my life, but for one reason or another, I hadn’t done them–so I decided to write them down and cross them off as I finished them.
Write Your List!
When you think of the things you most want to do, what comes to mind? Write these things down, and give yourself a deadline to achieve them. They can be big or small, easy or hard. For example, here are a few items from my list (which ended up having more than 25 things on it!):
2. Stand in falling snow
5. Do a self portrait
13. Speak French to someone who learned it in France
15. See New York
26. Drive a really expensive car
32. Crochet a scarf
35. Get married
37. Write a book
So basically, your list can be anything you want to do; from riding a horse to building a house, write down your real goals!
If you’re having trouble getting started, try borrowing other people’s goals. One of my friends wrote a blog entry about how she wanted to read the same number of books as she was years old every year, and I loved that idea so much that I added it to one of my yearly goal sets.
Make it Happen
Once you’ve written down your list, post it somewhere you’ll see it often. The whole “out of sight, out of mind” works both ways–if you see your list often, it will stay on your mind.
The next step, of course, is to stop putting things off. When you get the opportunity to do one of the things on your list, take it! I can’t tell you how good it feels to cross something off–and so I’ve actually managed to finish 22 of my 38 things!
photo by kakiw40
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