Recently I posted my 23 Before 23 Review, and I did promise you that I would share how I have set my goals for 2015. This year I chose a different method for coming up with my goals for the year. For the last two years I have used my birthday in December to mark the start and end of my yearly challenge, with my 22 before 22 and 23 before 23. I do love this way of setting goals, and having a birthday in December helps since it pretty much runs on a calendar year anyway! However, last year was so chaotic that I found my 23 before 23 challenge was neglected, and it didn’t really work for me when I had so much else going on.
Being someone who lives their life by lists (goals, to do lists, shopping lists…) when 2015 was approaching I once again turned my thoughts how I was going to measure my annual aims and achievements. While I do love the ‘x before x’ idea, having a set number of goals in a very specific time frame (i.e. from one birthday to the next) ended up feeling like a competition against myself to get them finished, and in the final few months/weeks before the deadline I seemed to try and race through as many as possible just to get them crossed off the list, rather than doing them for fun, which is obviously the idea in the first place! 2015 is definitely going to be far less chaotic for me, so it would probably have proved a successful year had I done a 24 before 24 challenge, but I have decided to do something a bit different instead.
The main thing I wanted to achieve in 2015 was to have fun. This is the first year in my life since I was 4 that I won’t be studying, therefore the first year I will have free time outside of work! Which is still a pretty strange feeling! Plus, it is the first time that me and James have had enough money to be able to afford to do things like holidays and days out, which we couldn’t afford as students (although we are still working very hard to save money for a house…I promise!) So when I came to setting goals for 2015 I made James sit down with me and we drew up our lists together. The aim of the lists wasn’t to choose things that we knew or thought were achievable, but to pick things we would like to do if there were no time and money restrictions. The goal throughout the year isn’t to race through the list crossing off as many as we can, but to give us inspiration for the next film to watch, book to read or place to visit. At the end of the year we won’t be tallying up how many we have succeeded in crossing off, but reflecting on how many wonderful things we have experienced in the year. Hopefully this method will take out the ‘must do’ element, and simply be something we refer to when we are looking for something to fill an evening or a weekend!
When choosing the topics for the lists, we chose some of the lists together, and some of them separately. Originally we chose 11 lists, and then added a ’15 movies to watch – part 2′ as we were racing through the first part. We still have space for 3 lists, but we aren’t in any rush to add any more until we know exactly what we want to add. So far we are making good progress with most of our lists, some of them are easier to complete than others, but for now we are just having fun crossing the odd thing off now and then.
Here are the lists we have come up with so far:
1. 15 Movies to watch
2. 15 Books to read
3. 15 Places we want to go
4. 15 Things we want to achieve
5. 15 Skills you want to learn
6. Hannah’s Wishlist
7. James’s Wishlist
8. 15 Pinterest projects to complete
9. 15 Craft projects to complete
10. 15 Sweet recipes to try
11. 15 Savory recipes to try
12. 15 Movies to watch (part 2)
So far I think we have been able to cross at least one thing off each list except the recipe ones…we need to get baking/cooking! But we aren’t keeping count of what we have crossed off at the moment.
Do you have any ideas for our last three lists? What lists would you have for 2015?