Dating fellow designer, Jim Ward has introduced a lot of good habits into my life. Things like making lists, dancing more often, and harnessing my natural neurosis and making it work to my advantage.
It’s about mapping out your year in terms of monthly goals, as opposed to just one (i.e- lose weight). Why make a New Year’s Resolution that hangs over your head for an entire year? Better to break it up into bite-sized chunks to achieve monthly goal-reaching. So I decided to do this too! Just as an experiment to see how much I can accomplish in one year.
JANUARY – No steak or chicken
I’m already not a big meat eater, but I do like my fish. And I LOVE Chipotle. If I were a prisoner on death row, my last meal would be a Chipotle Steak Burrito (yes, these are things I actually think about). But I think one month without these two barnyard animals might do some good! Time to start eating healthier.
FEBRUARY – No meat
Okay, now fish/shrimp/scallops are out of the picture. Going to have to do a good job of eating protein and not blacking out and eating an entire block of cheese.
MARCH – Finish writing Cakewalk
Cakewalk is a book I started writing FIVE YEARS AGO. No more excuses. In honor of my birthday month, my present to myself will be laying this never-ending project to rest. I can’t wait to see it out of my head and on paper, where it belongs!
APRIL – AIGA focused
With the AIGA National Leadership Retreat in May, April will be a good time to really buckle down and give AIGA everything I’ve got. It’s certainly done the same for me, and I want to be the best possible Programming Director I can be.
MAY – Friends focused
I am a hermit by nature. Not because I don’t like people. I love people. But sometimes I get overly-romanced by personal projects and me-time. Time to come into the light and be social like the rest of the developed world.
JUNE – Reading focused
I have a terrible habit of getting 75% through a book and stopping. Even if I love it. This month I want to finish reading the books I’ve started, and try to plough through some new ones.
JULY – Try something new
I don’t even know what this entails yet. Maybe I’ll try fire-eating or sky-diving or go snorkeling with sharks. Or less life-threatening things like taking a dance class, yoga, or joining a new club. This bridge will be crossed when I reach it!
AUGUST – Finish writing Zero
Zero is another book that has been sitting at the halfway mark for far too long. I started it a year ago, and now it’s time to put another one in the can!
SEPTEMBER – Work out every day
I’m kind of a cheater. I actually really enjoy working out. I think this month I will try to focus on strength training though. I’ve never seen myself with definable muscles. TIME TO GET BUFF AND BENCH PRESS MY BOYFRIEND!
NOVEMBER – Save money
With Christmas coming up, November is a good time to be cheap. No shopping. No eating out. Make moonshine in the laundry room. This is doable.
DECEMBER – Balls out
In celebration of all of these achievements, I’d like to close out the year with absolutely no restrictions (i.e- balls out). Holiday parties and cake and alcohol and shopping and meat and friends and Chipotle. Happy New Year! Let a new list begin!