Goals for 24

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So, this is it, the final year of my life before I reach a quarter century! Let’s talk about my goals for my 24th year of life.

24 is going to be a pretty big year for me. I am moving out of my parents’ house and going back to school…Hey, wait a minute…this sounds a lot like being 17 again! Well, maybe this is 17 revamped, because this time I am not just moving out, but moving to a new state entirely, and school has been upgraded from Bachelors to Masters.

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Feeling pumped for this next step of my life, I started typing up this list of goals:

GOALS FOR 24

  • Hike once a week
  • Fly home to visit my parents every two months
  • Read a book each month
  • Maintain a part-time job
  • Write a post for Career Contessa a month
  • See my boyfriend every two weeks
  • Travel to three new places during the year
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Work out four times a week
  • Call my grandparents once a week
  • Continue Wednesday Night Cocktail Challenge 
  • Write two blog posts a week
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA quarterly
  • Challenge myself to do something or go somewhere new once a month

But as I looked at this list, I began to feel anxiety about how I could possibly achieve these goals continuously. Honestly, moving to a new city and going back to school after three-years outside of academia is hard enough…why am I putting all of this extra pressure on myself?

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Well, simply put, because everything on the above list is important to me. Each goal is an aspect of me and cutting down even one or two would be denying who I am and, more importantly, who I want to be. I love to read, so I can find the time to read. I love to travel, so I will find the money to travel. I love my family, so I’ll call, Facetime, visit and text as much as possible. I don’t want to lose myself in the busyness.

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Maybe the way to ease my anxiety about achieving these goals is quick and easy? Maybe, it is just the way I am viewing my list. Maybe, it is just my framing.

I have talked before about flexible to-do lists (read here), so maybe now is a good time for me to invent something similar: a flexible goal list.

I am going to keep it simple. In fact, I am going to keep it so simple that I will only have one goal for 24:

MAKE TIME FOR THE THINGS I LOVE

Each day, I will make time for the things that are important to me. One day that might mean reading before bed. Another might mean calling my brother. The next might entail trying a new restaurant for Cocktail Challenge. The point is, by the end of that week, I will still have accomplished much of my original list, but without the anxiety to achieve all of it.

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They say, “Where there is a will, there is a way” and I believe love, passion, interest, and enjoyment are the best descriptors of will. So, as I enter my 24th year of life, I will make time for the things I love.

-TM

How do you make time for the things you love? Let us know below.

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