Personal Goals for 2009

In my last couple posts I’ve been writing about my goals for 2009 and today I’d like to write about my personal goals for this year. For me, my personal goals fall into two categories my goals related to my family and friends and my individual personal goals. The two categories overlap at times and are definitely interconnected for me.

Family Related Goals

When it comes to my goals surrounding family and friends I have to admit that its hard to put quantifiable goals together. I personally have issues with being that cut and dry when it comes to these types of items. I can’t say that my goal is to see my family 1-2 times a month because there will be times when this number is and should be higher and there are times when its just not realistic. Also being there for my wife and baby can’t have numbers attached to them these are things that simply have to happen. So out of all of my goals for the year these are rather ambiguous but it amounts to I want to be present, watch my baby grow, support my wife wherever and whenever possible. I also want to see my family and close friends a bit more often than I have this past year. Unfortunately none of these goals are very specific or time bound. Essentially what it comes down to is in 2009 I want to make more of an effort when it comes to seeing and being there for my friends and more importantly family

Individual Personal Goals

With my personal goals I can be a bit more detailed and there are a few specific things that I want to work on. First off if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know that I’m still a smoker, my goal for 2009 is to end this ridiculously stupid habit/addiction. I never intended to become a smoker but somehow I did. I am hoping I can prep myself to stop sooner rather than later but the end of the year is my drop dead date (hopefully not literally).

The second personal goal I’ve set for myself is to read more. I used to read a lot and I really enjoyed it but somewhere between 2007 and 2008 I stopped reading as much. This always disappointed me because this is what got me reading PF books and started this blog. So my goal is to read no less than 20 pages per day. I know some days I’ll read more and some less but the goal is to average 20 per day. Now this isn’t a large number but it adds up fast and 20 pages per day is 7300 per year, which is a few books. I’ve already seen the benefits of setting this up as a nightly ritual, it gets my mind off the events of the day and I get caught up on my reading.

Now there are a few things that I would like to add to my personal goals for the year but I don’t want to have too many goals that I’m working on and not enough time or energy to accomplish them. If I start accomplishing more of my other goals I might try adding some more of my individual goals to the list.

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