In todays society it feels like more than ever that goals have to be set. This culture has the tendency to go into overdrive and can make people feel inadequate if they haven’t achieved something big in a while, and that if they’re not overachieving – they’re not doing enough. However, not all goals we set for ourselves have to be life changing.
I read a great post on The Simple Dollar – 101 goals in 1001 days – and it inspired Ollie and I to create a similar list of our own, but no pressure to reach 101 (I think our joint list has just 28!). I like that it’s over 1001 days as a longer time frame takes the pressure off, unlike a New Years Resolution. Setting smaller goals alongside the usual big goals over a period of time helped us slow down and live in the moment instead of pressuring ourselves to be constantly working towards something big. It also reminds us to celebrate the small achievements, too. Here are a few of ours:
- Move out of our parents houses
- Exercise together once a week for one month (surprisingly harder than it sounds – we’re terribly lazy!)
- Make a photo album/scrapbook of our time together
- Volunteer for our community or for charity
- Write a book (Zoe)
- Learn a new skill (Ollie)
- Travel to a new place outside of Europe
We started our list in July 2017, with a deadline of February 29th 2020 (See? Plenty of time!). We’ve already made good progress with our list and ticked off a few:
- Finish counselling (Zoe)
- Get Angus in shape (Pugs never stop eating!)
- Play guitar in front of other people (Ollie)
- Travel to a new place in Europe
There are already so many posts out there about this where people share their lists, so you can find tons of inspiration. If you gave yourself 1001 days, what goals would you set for yourself?