‘New Year, New me’
‘I have SO many goals for this year, what are yours?’
‘Do you have any New Years resolutions?’
Lol, nope. I don’t really set goals.
It’s January, so of course it’s the main ‘think about what I’m going to do for the next year‘ month, but it’s just not my thing. Which I know is a bit weird.
I understand why people set them, I mean, it’s like you have something to work towards and then when you hit them it’s quite a cool achievement. But whatever happened to living in the present and taking each day as it comes?
I suppose you could say I have one goal, and that’s to get through every day as efficiently and as happily as possible. I don’t think about what I could be doing in 4 months time, or how long a certain piece of work will take me, because what’s the point? If I’m working as effectively and maybe ‘quickly’ as possible, then I’m not going to work any faster by setting a goal for something to be done by. I find myself in a dangerous zone of ok I haven’t done this so I’m a failure when I set goals and don’t hit them, instead of thinking ‘well actually, I’ve worked really hard at this work, I can’t possibly do it any faster so it’s fine for me to continue on what I’m doing until it’s done’.
I prefer to call it ‘effective planning’.
No time restrictions, just ideas of what could happen. Using the word ‘might’ instead of ‘will’. And most importantly, less of a repercussion of failure.
I’m kinda rambling a little. I think part of me thinks that goal setting is fine if you’re in control of it, but a lot of things in life change so quickly, don’t they? And of course they’re going to affect your goals? Let’s take Instagram for example – I gained more Instagram followers in 2015 than I did in 2016. Is it because my Instagram sucks? No. Is it because I promoted it less or posted less? Nope. It was because of an Instagram algorithm change (the little sh*t). So, did I do anything wrong? Not at all. Did the universe do something wrong? Yes – and if I had a goal set for it, I’d’ve instantly thought it was because I’m crap.
A lot of goals people set are yearly, and the only thing that comes to mind when I say that is ‘bloody hell, 365 days is a lot of days’. How could you possibly know what you’re doing in a month, let alone a year? Within a year I could be going abroad, moving house, learning to drive, buying a car, and God knows what else – how will I know what a good indicator of how many Instagram followers I’ll get by 2018? When I could just go with the flow, work as hard on it as possible and end up with what I end up with?
So what’s the purpose of the post? Well, it’s just for me to say that having a one-day-at-a-time attitude is really quite rewarding, and it carries a lot less baggage.
I’d love to know what you all think on the subject. A lot of people are very pro-goal-setting, but I’d be interested to know if anyone doesn’t set goals, and why they don’t! Comment down below as always!