By writing my blog I've found I've become much more focussed on my challenges and I'm constantly on the look out for ways of stepping closer to achieving my goals. I also find I notice things that may help in the long-run; things that I would have paid no attention to whatsoever in the past.
With this in mind I thought I should begin breaking some of my challenges down into 'micro-challenges' or 'steps to achieving my challenges' mini-tasks as a way of helping me feel that I'm achieving something. I've started this by putting together a list of goals for 2012. I decided on twelve as it sounds like a good number for 2012 and it's the equivalent of one a month. I may decide to break this down even further at a later date. But in the meantime, here's my list for 2012.
- Floating in a floatation tank (I'm hoping to do this in London during the February half term)
- Reading at least 10 books from the BBC Big Read list (if I read 10 a year, I'll have the whole 200 knocked off in the next 12-13 years!)
- Taking at least one photo every day of the year (this will improve my photography skills, be a photo-diary of 'year in my life', and help me to learn to use my new camera)
- Coming up with a fitness plan and sticking to it (the start of my training for Kilimanjaro, though I may not actually climb it for several years yet)
- Leading at least 4 of my own walks (good practice for my walking group leader's qualification)
- Buying another house (need to get my finances in order first)
- Learning to use at least 3 new pieces of technology or computer programmes (not counting my new camera)
- Doing a writing course (depends on the length of the course whether I'd complete it in the year or not)
- Getting at least one piece of writing published (paid or unpaid, as long as someone else makes the decision to publish it and it's not self-published)
- Making a start on sorting out my photos (putting the prints that are currently still stuffed in packets into albums and getting all my photos scanned into the computer - no way will this be completed in a year, but I'll feel good even if I get started on it)
- Buying a car/van that I can sleep in (and doing any necessary conversions/adaptations)
- Getting into cycling (even if it's just short cycles along decent paths)