Yeah, so it might be a little late to write about my goals for 2012 but what the heck? I’ll write about them anyway, not so much for anyone else but for myself to make sure I stay honest about them. As I wrote in my last post about New Year’s Resolutions/Goals, I felt overall I did a really good job hitting the majority of my goals for the previous year, however, I still didn’t hit them all and others I completely missed / forgot about. So, it’s time to re-evaluate and create a list of short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals.
Short-term goals are goals I feel that should be completed within three months. These would be goals such as: start eating healthier, begin to jog twice a week, or something of that nature. A goal to break a bad habit or get started doing something new. These, can then morph into mid-term and long-term goals such as continue eating healthy, etc. A mid-term goal is a goal that will take six months to a year to complete. I envision these goals to take the form of: pay off X% of a loan, save $Y, take part in a marathon. Each month though, I might be able to move a mid-term goal to a short-term goal. Finally, a long-term goal is something that is going to be just that. Something that I can’t finish within the year (or even years). These will be things like: Pay off my house payment X years early, finish paying off my car in Y years, or continue on an exercise routine and a healthy lifestyle. And much like the mid-term goals, these could be moved as they get closer to completion.
The main goals I’ll talk about here are non-finance related ones, since I’m sure other sites explain how to handle them better and besides they’re always the same: get out of debt, save more money, etc. And without further ado, here are my goals…
- Participate in Tough Mudder / get in better shape (long-term)
- Continue learning to play the guitar (long-term)
- Propose my PhD topic (short-term)
- Learn another programming language and brush up on some old ones (short-term / mid-term)
- Finish painting the rooms in my house (mid-term)
- Remove the children’s playset from my backyard (long-term)
- Brew my own beer and make it good (short-term — get one made, long-term — do it often)
If you’ve kept up with my blog, you’ll see that I’ve already started on a few of these goals such as #1 and #7, but I figure a gut check at the end of this month will really help me decide where exactly I am in each of these goals.