We all know the drill by now, since it’s something that’s so “general” and.. world-wide known: setting yearly goals whenever the start of a new year is approaching. Those goals can include anything at all, but.. for us specifically? There’s always some kind of reading goal involved. Reading goals that remain goals for a while, but eventually turn into a challenge because.. we always, always need to catch up on them.
Then, after a while, the pressure comes into the mix because we really want to succeed and be able to say “I did it!” at the end of the year. But is it really all that realistic to put up a yearly goal without knowing what’s going to happen throughout the year?
My life is going to change an awful lot in 2019. So much so that I can’t possibly predict how much time I’ll have left to read – or blog for that matter. I’m definitely lucky to know this up front since I can keep it in mind while planning next year’s goals, but.. in a way this is making it even harder for me to decide on my goals?
I know I’m a fairly competitive person. Not specifically towards others, but to challenges and goals I set myself in general. I love challenging, pushing and encouraging myself to read more and more diverse than I have in the past. This means I’m automatically tempted to take on a whole load of reading challenges and see how many of them I can tick off throughout the year.
But it simply isn’t realistic to sign up for all of them. Juggling a household, newborn baby, work and social life already sounds exhausting as it is without thinking of all the hobbies I want to include in my life as well. Long story short: I have no idea how much time I’ll have left to read and I don’t want to pressure myself by setting goals I’m not sure I’ll be able to reach.
Which leads me to the ultimate question I’ve been trying to figure out for a while now: How do I decide what goals are manageable without them feeling as “too easy” or “too hard”? I still want to challenge myself but lowering my 2018-goal of reading 150 books to, say, half.. feels weird and a bit like “the easy way out”?
I’ll probably think differently once the little one’s born and have realized how much my life will change throughout the year, but right now it still feels so far off and a bit vague. I honestly don’t know how to go about this.
Do I simply commit to the challenges I feel like doing, even though the combination of those might be impossible? Do I lower my goals in a – sort of – ridiculous way and up them as the year goes by? Do I only start a new challenge once I ticked one off?
At this point, I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure what I’ll end up deciding either, but wanted to talk about this struggle with all of you anyway. I cannot be the only one wondering about this, so maybe we can help each other out!
How do you set your yearly goals? Do you even set any?
Do you keep in mind how your life might change throughout the year?
What are some goals you are definitely setting in 2019? [Doesn’t have to be book-related!]