I used to write full lists of goals for every year, forget about them and then review them at the end of the year.
Though over the last few years, I’ve put much less effort into writing goals, and much more effort into achieving.
So much so, that I never got around to writing goals for 2019 – but I did have a few in my head.
1. Get a significant pay rise or a new job
I failed to get any form of pay-rise – only a “we’ll look at it at the end of the year”, and yes, Brexit was partly to blame. So I started to look for a new job and ended up in the perfect job at M&S. At my level, I probably couldn’t have got a better job – in every way so far it has been perfect to me.
Can I give myself 200%?
2. Go to 4 new countries
Close. I went to Spain and Portugal, but I’d already been to those.
New countries were Serbia, Albania and Greece – yeah I’d never been to Greece. It was only the second (and third) time that I’d left the EU.
3. Replace all my socks
I replaced a few – but I still have old socks with holes in, or that are just very tired-looking. This wasn’t helped by Happy Socks putting their prices up to £11.99 a pair.
4. Three month Detox
Smashed it – though I did have a 0.5% alcohol beer near the end. And promptly went back onto apple juice for the rest of the evening – yuck.
5. Lose weight
I put on 1kg over the year. Which is the best I have done for years – though clearly still a failure. Yes, I will be having the same target in 2020.
I’m hoping to write more specific goals for 2020 – there was a reason why I wrote them in the first place, and I have actually achieved some of the more important ones.
I have proven the benefit of setting goals, and hopefully I will do so this next year.