The 2012 Twelve

Sometimes having a big goal can feel unattainable and it's difficult to make those first steps. Or the target date can seem so far away that you feel you have all the time in the world and don't need to be doing anything towards it now. I've found that one way of resolving this is to have large or distant targets broken down into smaller bite-size targets with a deadline for each stage.

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.

  1. Floating in a floatation tank (I'm hoping to do this in London during the February half term)
  2. 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!)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. Leading at least 4 of my own walks (good practice for my walking group leader's qualification)
  6. Buying another house (need to get my finances in order first)
  7. Learning to use at least 3 new pieces of technology or computer programmes (not counting my new camera)
  8. Doing a writing course (depends on the length of the course whether I'd complete it in the year or not)
  9. 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)
  10. 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)
  11. Buying a car/van that I can sleep in (and doing any necessary conversions/adaptations)
  12. Getting into cycling (even if it's just short cycles along decent paths)