Ah Saturday, here we go again. Unlike the conventional consensus, I actually find the weekend a bit more stressful than the weekdays, my anxieties tend to be heightened due to the lesser structure and routine. As someone who thrives in a routine, I still manage to keep somewhat of an order to my Saturday and Sunday but I still find it a little nerve wracking. Sometimes its a funny sensation, to look forward to Monday, reaching Sunday evening with a sense of relief…
Weekends like this though, where I have a lot planned and much to do are slightly easier on the mind. Nothing feels worse than not using time to its full potential.
On this morning’s 9-mile run I decided I would write a post with 10 goals I would like to have achieved by this time next year. Goals are something I set on a daily basis, even if they’re slightly silly. I find they help me get on with tasks and just generally motivate me to be more productive. Writing them out just helps my mind decipher what it is I want to get out of the day and also it often helps me work out how I should go about achieving them.
10 GOALS TO HAVE ACHIEVED ONE YEAR FROM NOW:
By putting these on the internet, I feel more accountable for actually going about achieving them. Is this why people do blogs?
1. To have put more art/songs/creative work online.
Like I have said in a previous post, I make a lot more than I put out there. This is something I’ve been meaning to change for a long time. In Austin Kleon’s book it says about putting everything online because what is art if nobody can see it? It’s so true but as a creative it can sometimes feel hard when you put so much time and effort into something just for it to get small recognition, if any at all. But, as the saying goes, if a tree falls and nobody is there to hear it, did the tree ever fall at all? Expect more songs to be uploaded by me in the near future.
2. To run a sub-3 hour marathon.
In my lifetime I have run 2 full marathons, both of which weren’t particularly great running times when compared to my times in the half marathon and 10k but I’m still proud of completing both, especially as the distance is so gruelling. Marathon training is no walk in the park (dad joke) when you’re aiming for that speed but as someone who is as passionate as I am about running, I think its achievable and given my half marathon PB, it should be something that I can do with the right training.
3. To have a bigger social media presence.
Okay, so this goal is sort of contradictory for someone who is against spending any unnecessary time on social media and also as someone who likes to keep his private life, somewhat, private. I would like a bigger presence online, a bigger captive audience. The band have a reasonable online presence, but even with that, I’m forever wanting it to be bigger. A big online audience would only be more incentive to release more music, artwork, share ideas, collaborate with people, go to more places, etc. A ready captive audience is the ultimate goal for most creatives – how to get one? Revert to goal number one, put more of myself online, it’s mostly why I thought this blog would be a good challenge.
4. To have moved out.
This is a somewhat hilarious one (given that privacy comment). At the age of 18 I moved out of my parents house for a life in the big city. For 8 years I lived as an independent “adult”, perhaps a little too independently, and then at the age of 26 I decided I wanted to move to a life back in the countryside and I’m honestly so glad I made the move! However, as nostalgic as sleeping in my childhood room is, I’m so ready to move out to place thats mine.
5. To have a successful online business.
When I was younger, I always wanted to start a clothing line. Unfortunately, as trends go, it seemed that so did a lot of other people and now the internet is riddled with small independent clothing brands. This said, this year I have to take an enterprise class at work, in which students have to start a functioning business. I pitched the learners the idea of a clothing line and they seem keen, so perhaps that will manifest into me achieving this one.
6. To have travelled to a new country.
I’m lucky that I get to travel a lot and that I have travelled a lot. Through playing in Ghouls, I’ve seen an incredible amount of the world in a really unique way. This doesn’t stop the craving to explore more. We’ve pitched the idea of touring a few places that are high on my list so hopefully one will materialise. As a group, we’re pretty good at making those kinds of things happen.
7. To have returned to Africa.
In 2015, my brother and me went to see family out in South Africa. It was so different to anywhere I’ve ever been. Recently, someone came into my life that has a particular obsession with elephants, I’d like to take that person on a safari in the Kruger National Park and see some wild elephants. If there ever was a time that I felt like I’d completely lost all common sense, then the Kruger would be where I’d go – it has an atmosphere unlike anywhere I’ve been before or since.
8. To have made an attempt at learning something new.
As part of the Steal Like An Artist logbook, you have to list 10 things you’d like to learn. Learning is a key foundation to keeping life interesting. I’m constantly trying to learn new things. In my “down time”, all I really like to do is read and/or watch videos that teach me how to do things – mostly Vice cooking shows and Binging With Babish. On my list is to learn how to fly a plane and also to learn french. Maybe I should book a flying lesson or a trip to France? If you are reading this and you can get me a cheap flying lesson, I will do it and I will blog it.
9. To do something for charity.
I’m no stranger to accomplishing goals for selfish reasons so I think to use my passion for completing challenges to raise money for charity is something I should do more of. This is also something that could go hand in hand with some of the other goals on this list. Perhaps releasing a set of charity songs or completing some kind of major athletic endeavour? (did someone say Ironman…?)
10. To run 100 miles in one week.
I know there’s already a running goal on here but this is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’ve been pounding milage into my legs ever since I started casually jogging around the park in 2012 but I have never once peaked at 100 miles over the course of 7 days. My highest milage week since I’ve been properly tracking my training is 85 miles. This is something I want to do very soon since my legs are feeling strong at the moment.
There you go. 10 goals, one year. I have set a reminder for the 15th September 2019 to check this list. It was actually harder to write than I thought it would be. So now I challenge you, oh so loyal readers, to come up with your own 10 goals. Let me know if there’s any we could collaborate on and let me know if you have any advice and/or help to aid me in completing mine – the world works better when we work together.
Here’s a picture from this morning’s run:
Peace & love.