I'm not even very good at goals.
Let's be honest - I don't like to do things I don't like to do.
But, I do try to start each new year with at least a little direction. Some, shall we say, plans. Hopes maybe. Hopes and plans. That sounds good.
I plan this year to spend one hour per day working on my book. I know that's lame and nothing at all compared to what I should be doing. But it would be approximately 265 more hours than I have spent this year. Or something like that.
My hope is that when I have written an hour, I will be on a roll and the words will keep coming. I am hoping that just setting aside a time slot will work wonders.
I hope it will entice me to write more because I plan to have my book finished by September so I can present it to some agents.
I plan to take the dog for a walk once per week. Ok, I know it should be daily. But I don't do it at all right now. If I were setting goals, I would make it a goal to walk her every day and then I would end up walking her once per week. That's how I do goals. But since this is a plan, I can just be honest about it. I may end up enjoying our walks enough to do it more often. I hope.
I plan to be more consistent with the laundry. I plan to at least put up each load as I finish it. I hope this becomes so routine and easy that the entire process loses it's intimidating hold on me.
I plan to spend more time with friends. I hope they have the time to accommodate me.
I plan to be better at sticking to the way that I know I need to eat. I hope it will become second nature to me and I will no longer feel the pangs of deprivation.
I plan to be more faithful in my Bible reading. I don't hope, but I know that this will make everything about my year better. Because all of my hope for life is contained in God's Word. I need to drink it in.
What about you? As you face 2009, what are your plans?