The goals, the goals
At the start of the year, I set myself a number of goals. I’ve found that I need goals to keep doing stuff, I am inherently lazy, so the guilt of having to achieve a regular commitment is necessary to get me off my arse. In the past few years I’ve done the photo a day, and 1000 miles running a year. This year I have set the following targets:
- Photo a day (in Blip) – I may as well carry on with this, I’ve done 3 years of it (with some breaks)
- 1000 miles running – I toyed with upping this target, but decided other goals would have to be sacrificed to do that
- Cinema trip once a week – I overthink going to the cinema, and end up not going. If I have to go once a week, it’ll make me less indecisive about seeing a film, and I may see some I wouldn’t do normally.
- Read a book a week – this is going to be a tough ask, short books only.
- Blog once a week – my blog has fallen away somewhat, and rather like the cinema goal, I want to re-establish a habit.
Yes, I may have a problem with excessive goal setting.
It’s all completely unrelated to edtech, but my plan is to blog the monthly update on these. If nothing else it helps me realise the blog goal. I will allow myself to play catch-up on these, eg. if I miss a cinema trip one week, I can do two the following. So how have I done for January?
- Photo a day – yes, all done. Rubbish, but done.
- Running – awful, I caught a cold and missed a couple of weeks. I need to get back into the rhythm of this one
- Cinema – done: Hobbit pt 3; Imitation Game; Nightcrawler; ExMachina.
- Books – done: James Fenton – An Introduction to English Poetry; John Williams – Stoner; Michael Connolly – The Black Echo; Helen Macdonald –
H is for Hawk
- Blog – I missed a week at the start, so I owe a blog post.
Later posts in this theme may feature half-arsed film reviews, so there’s something to look forward to. My advice from this month would be don’t go and see the Hobbit, it was Peter Jackson’s Star Wars ep 1 George Lucas moment.
Stoner is brilliant. What did you think of H is for Hawk?
Yes liked Stoner (although maybe a little _too_ close to home for comfort). I thought Hawk was beautifully written, but – and I hesitate to say this – it went on rather. I felt ‘are we still training that hawk’? I think it would have been an excellent short novel. I wanted the book to just get on with it. But I really liked the way she wove the different elements together, and I’m a sucker for these extended life metaphors and seeing meaning in other pursuits.