I’ve been thinking about what I want my 2016 Resolutions/Goals to be for weeks. I know, I know. It’s February. I’ve had some that I knew immediately I was going to go after, but others I knew I sort of wanted but realized they weren’t SMART goals….
And then I came up with a word.
And then I thought about coming up with a color like the girls at Around the Table…. But I don’t really like bright colors and it seemed silly to pick something like gray as my Color of the Year. (Btw, Pantone has declared Rose Quartz and Serenity to be color of the year. I’m not sure how I feel about those ones yet. Also… they think they can just pick two?…)
I’ve already declared one of my goals on Goodreads, and it’s a little nuts. Seventy-five books in one year! That’s more than one a week. But here’s the thing. In 2015, I read 54 books and I didn’t even try that hard. This is a goal that will be challenging for me. I’ll have to set aside some of my favorite time-wasters and really lean into it. My apologies to Meredith, Lorelei, the Doctor, Chuck Bartowski, and many, many others.
Part of me wants to be really ambitious and devote about three hours each day to developing skills in super awesome things. But then I saw Anne’s post on Modern Mrs. Darcy about the 100 Hour Rule and a lightbulb was lit. What if I leaned into my word of the year, the quiet, but also leaned into the hobbies that I’ve been wanting to improve in for years too? Is that even possible? What if I could set myself flexible goals that are still measurable and achievable?
The premise of the 100 Hour Rule is that one needs to spend 100 hours of focused, deliberate practice at something in order to achieve basic competence. It by no means will make you an expert, but how many things do you really need to achieve expert status at anyways? Devoting 100 hours over the course of the year to a few things would keep me motivated and committed, but fit my current lifestyle too.
So here are my Resolutions this year.
- Read 75 Books
- 100 hours spent, throughout the year, on the following:
- WordPress and html.
- Prayer. (Not really a skill, but TOTALLY worth devoting 100 hours to).
Tracking the 100 hours will also be an important thing for me. I live for grown-up versions of sticker charts. After reading 168 Hours (affiliate link), I started using the Hours app to track my time, so I might keep using that one. But I just noticed this new app, so I might try this one out too. Of course, there’s always good, old fashioned pen and paper too. 🙂