one more goal and some more thoughts on goal-setting

my bffI forgot to tell you one of my goals, because it wasn’t really a part of my goal-setting process, it was more of a “Oh! Look at what my friend is doing, I should do that too!”

One day last week, my friend Shanna from Food Loves Writing posted on Instagram that she was going to write one sentence in her journal every day this year. I’ve been thinking for months about how much I want and need to get back into journaling, because I’ve honestly been pretty bad at it ever since I graduated from college (class was valuable journaling time for me). But for some reason I’ve had trouble keeping up with it. Between the blog, other writing gigs, and life, I just can’t seem to find the time.

So when I saw Shanna’s goal, a simple, easy goal that would take up all of twenty seconds of my day, I thought, why not? Of course it’s not as much as I would like to write, but it’s a start!

So for the past week or so, I’ve been writing in my journal every night before I start to read my book in bed. Whereas I used to look at my journal on the bedside table and say to myself, “If I weren’t so tired…” or “If only it were earlier…”, now I pick it up, knowing all I have to do is write one single sentence.

And you know what? I have yet to write an entry that was only one sentence. They have been fairly short entries, nothing compared to my twenty-pagers I used to knock out, but it has been consistent, and it has felt good.

Is there something you would like to do or get back into, but it seems like too much work so you put it off? Maybe try breaking it down into a simple goal, like writing one sentence a day in your journal. It may seem like the tiniest of baby steps, but it’s better than standing still.

-me

2 thoughts on “one more goal and some more thoughts on goal-setting

  1. Oh, I love small goals like these. My daily entries have yet to be exactly a line either, more like little baby paragraphs or half-page chunks, but knowing that all I’m meaning to do is *at least a line* makes the project so much more attainable and fun. I also like that it slows me down a little at the end of the day, looking back at what’s happened, processing it, picking out some key detail(s) to remember.

    PS – I think you’d like Nicole’s newsletter (where the idea came from) at Eat This Poem. Always filled with inspiration: it’s in the sidebar at eatthispoem.com.

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