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It’s that time of year to sit down and do some serious goal-setting for 2011. Some of the goals for 2010 were not accomplished or little was done, so I will make those as ongoing goals. By having ongoing goals and aims I feel I have achieved something, even if it was a small change or improvement. It also helps me understand the changes I needed to make in my life and what’s important to me.

My main focus  is on:

Finances: I desperately need to get my finances in order.  This is strongly linked to my Work (no work no money coming in!). By this I mean I need to get a regularly income which will allow me to save , pay off my debts and not have to worry were my next job is coming from month to month.

Relationships: dating (maybe find someone to spend my time with – after lasting year’s dating experience, this is easier said than done). Spend more time with friends and contact old friends with whom I have been out of touch.

Fitness: I’m fairly fit, but I would like to increase my fitness level. Attempt to learn a new sport or get involved in an activity that I have wanted to do but never found the time.

By getting one aspect of my life in order and meeting some goals, the others will follow or become much easier to do. For example I would like to learn rock climbing, but I can’t afford to go for lessons, once I have a regular income I can save and afford to go for lessons.

I’ve been actively trying to sort out these aspects of my life since last year and some the year before. The difference now is  to come up with some solid and bigger plan that I will stick to. The trick is to clearly define goals that I commit to, so that they are reachable. How do I know that they are reachable? I suppose a way to test is, if somebody else with the same goals has done it, then it can be done.

Cartoonist Liza Donnelly talks about her work and how she began drawing cartoons. I can really relate to what she says and probably even more because one of my desires is to be able to draw good cartoons. That’s a book gone on my wish list.

Part of Apple’s “Think Different” branding campaign, one of Apple’s most successful campaigns.

Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University.  This has made the rounds online, but I think it’s really inspirational and worth listening to it again.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will connect somewhere in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. …

… Your time is limited. Don’t waste it living someone elses life. Don’t be trapped by dogma which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinion drown out your own inner voice. And most important have the courage to follow you heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. …”

This year as part of my concentration on improving my work, I started Project-a-month: I commit to start and create one new project every month.  These projects will be personal projects and can be in any medium. Ideally they should be completed within that month, but I have to accept it might not always be technically possible. This doesn’t mean that at the end of the month if I have not completed the project I will leave it. I will continue working on it as long as it’s a workable idea. Who knows maybe come July I will be working on six projects! I hope not. All these projects will only be fun if I am enjoying working on them and not putting too much pressure on myself to finish them.

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Last year I decided to go paperless and aim for a minimalist space. I wasn’t very successful at it, so this year I thought I would give it an other go.  Before I do anything I need to look at why it failed before. Well, I had no plan and had no particular goal.

My improved plan would be to aim for a clean, clutter-​​free and minimal space. I will start small, one room or one storage unit at a time.  Have three boxes: recycle, give and bin, and make myself get rid of five things every week. These five things can be anything and go in either of the three boxes.

I’m sure I will  resist getting rid of some things, but it’s a start, it won’t take up too much of my time. It will be a gradual step to get the minimal, clean, clutter free space I want in my house and home office.

Links for further reading and inspiration:

10 uncluttering things to do every day

The Complete Guide to Going Paperless

Articles on Going Paperless

5 Ways GTD Helps You Achieve Your Goals

A number of other blogs have posted something on this topic,  it’s good to see that am not alone on this.

  • Last Wednesday a neighbour knocked on my door asking for some help on a project she’s been working on since August, her deadline was Friday. Her reason for  not doing it sooner,  I’m ‘busy’.
  • A package was left with me for my next door neighbour, I had it for three days. His reason, I’m really busy at work. He passes my front door to go to his car to go to work every day, on one particular day he went past three times!

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By trying to organise my work and personal life I regularly browse the Internet for new motivational tools and ideas.

TeuxDeux is a simple, designy, free, browser-based to-do application. A simple to do list (as they should be), you see everything you need to do at once. Probably the one thing that I find annoying is having to login and remember passwords… yeah there are apps for that!