Best Self Thursday: Aiming for 4000 words!


The Holidays are upon us! While I am, like all of you, still a goal-oriented person, this is your last post here until next Tuesday arrives; I love blogging but even I need a break while doing a whirlwind Christmas visit to both the in-laws and my family.

That being said, I chose that this last day, a day off work but still a day before I head out to see family, as a big day: on a variety of projects, my goal is to complete 4000 words of writing! I know that technically I don’t have to do that much, but if I do accomplish that goal, I will feel incredibly fine with taking 4 full days off of writing so much and devote all that time to family.

Why can I take four full days off and not feel like I’m lagging on my goals? Easy. One of the goals in my Best Self Journal is to nurture relationships with my friends and family. That isn’t something that is easy to quantify (I cannot make a goal of “speak 4000 words to my family today” like I can about writing). What I’ve chosen to do instead with the next 4 pages in my notebook is to just… journal.

That’s the truth; it’s still a journal. So instead of spending hours each day trying to meet my writing quotas, I’m going to try to take 10 or 15 minutes at the end of each family-filled day to write what I’m grateful for and to process any interactions I had but didn’t think about thoroughly. As we all age, each person in my family needs different things, and sometimes I’m too busy to notice what those things are. I hope that spending just a little bit of time journaling will help me notice how to be the best daughter, sister, friend, and in-law I can be, for the specific people in my life.

I hope that your holidays are full of rest, if that’s what you need, or activity, if that’s what you need. I hope that all of us are able to tell the difference between joyful productivity and drudgery, and choose productivity at the times when it thrills us. See you all next week!

2 Comments, RSS

  1. yarnmesser December 21, 2017 @ 1:11 pm

    STOP with the goals for a while! Just relax and have a lovely time doing what YOU want to do. It’s okay to enjoy yourself! Have a wonderful Christmas. 🙂

  2. Cindy Anderson December 26, 2017 @ 2:27 pm

    Way to go for adjusting your expectations! 🙂

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