Goal Setting

It’s been 4 weeks since we moved into my parents house in the mountains of NC.  Four weeks since I’ve not had to get up to go to work, get up to work on the house, or get up to pack all our personal belongings.  Four weeks to rest, relax, and do whatever I feel like doing that day. It has been a wonderful four weeks that have passed much too quickly.

smoky mountains

I have spent time with family, enjoyed the scenery, slept more than I thought possible, cooked more than I have in years, and taken up painting with acrylics.

moonlit barn

Moonlit Barn – my first painting

I’ve also made a new friend, saw the Independence Day fireworks, sampled some Shepherd’s Pie at the local Taste of Scotland festival, digitized some new embroidery files, supported two benefit breakfast fundraisers, investigated two businesses for sale, attended my mother’s choir concert, and attended the very first meeting of the Smoky Mountain Modern Quilt Guild.

But I feel like I’ve not been very productive.  In one way, I feel like that should be O.K..  I’ve spent 10 years working 60-hours per week on average.  I spent most days racing from one thing to another, fitting in whatever I could between working hours.  And many things just never got done.  After 10 years, I needed to destress and relax some, for both my physical and my mental health.  And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 4 weeks.

But you know that list of things you keep in your head that you want to do should you have time one day?  That list of things you always dreamed about doing whenever you’re stuck at the office 14-hours and don’t have time to do anything other than work that day?  Well, that one day is here and I don’t know what to do.  Shouldn’t I be doing and marking things off that list?  I think I should be.  But, what were those things/items/goals on my list again?

goal setting

Goals are very important in both your personal and professional life.  Without goals, it’s too easy to wander around with no clear direction.  So, before another month gets past me, I think I should set some goals just for the remainder of July.  I’ll be sure to include plenty of rest and relaxation, but other things I would like to accomplish during the month of July are:

  • Hike to a waterfall
  • Visit the Scottish Tartan museum
  • Finish my current painting in progress (PHD – project half done)
  • Finish truck quilt (top done)
  • Plant Zucchini
  • Attend Pickin’ on the Square downtown
  • Practice 3 new FMQ patterns
  • Design a new quilt (any size)
  • Finish one crochet blanket (PHD)
  • Finish baby bibs (PHD) (coming soon)

And quilting goals for 3rd quarter (past July)…

  • Finish Lone Star quilt for my son (top almost done) (70×90)
  • Start and finish quilt for TMQG Spoonflower Challenge (6 Fat-8ths to work with)
  • Finish small lone star wall hanging
  • Finish quilt for Quilts of Valor (very old UFO)

I’m sure there is more I would like to accomplish in the next few weeks/months, but I need to be realistic in the goals I set as well.  So, this will do me for now.

Do you have goals that you set each day/week/month/year?  Do you write them down, or does the list reside only in your brain?  I know I need to get better at writing things down so that when I do have extra time here and there,  I’m not sitting around wandering what to do.  Historically, I tend to be much more productive if I have a game plan instead of trying to wing-it on a daily basis.  Does it work that way for you too?

Linking up with Adrianne at One The Windy Side for 2015 Finish Along Q3.

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