Goals

Jan. 2nd, 2016 12:28 pm
thenerdygirl: (Pirate)
Wow, it takes a lot of time to catch up if you've been off LJ for a week lol. I try to do a bit of catching up and commenting this morning but if I missed anyone or anything major, sorry!

Last night I started a new list on day zero project although I decided against the usual "101 things in 1001 days" lists that the site was pretty much created for. Instead I decided to do my own "50 things in 501 days", since I usually manage to get most of the 101 list I figured 50 should be fairly easy to finish. I've still got to add another few goals so the list isn't finished yet but I may post it here once I have the full list though no promises.

Lately I've been wondering if it's better to share goals or to keep them to yourself as I've read arguments for both ways. Some say sharing goals makes you more inclined to reach them, others say keeping it to yourself makes you more likely to reach them. I generally find it depends on the goals and who I tell. With LJ I usually find it helps as I've posted past 101 lists here and gotten most of them finished but I find telling people I know offline is usually less helpful...though I'm not entirely sure why that is.

What do you guys think? Do you find you do better when you talk about goals or better when you keep them to yourself? Or a mix of both?
thenerdygirl: (Autumn)
My problem, in gif form:


...Although, it does seem like the opposite of a problem. I went to the public library on my morning break and I restrained myself to four books this time, one for crocthing, one for watercolouring painting, one for psychology, and one that's kinda psychology but also about being organized. Sidebar, it's so awesome the public library is right next to the university library I work; all my book needs in one place! Or course, it makes it super tempting to take out too many books at one time.

There's always so much I want to do but it can be such a challenge to focus. It's like once I start planning my mind goes in a million directions at once, it's hard to sit down and say "This is what I'm going to do and this is how I'm going to do it". The only times I've ever seen to have much luck is when I did the 101 things in 1001 days challenge twice. The first time I managed to get 56 out of 101, the second time it was about 70+ out of 101, so who knows? Maybe if I did it again I'd get the full 101 things completed. I've been toying around with the idea of doing another list.

One thing I would add would be learning how to paint with watercolours. I did learn a little back in university but it was briefly touched on in a drawing class. Funny enough, in the two years of painting classes I did for my degree we never once had a class on watercolours. The focus was almost solely on oil with brief classes in encaustic painting and using gouache. Using acrylic wasn't encouraged which I always felt was pretty stupid and outdated of our professors....and I'm starting to delve into an art school rant apparently. Better stop before this gets two extra paragraphs. Suffice to say, I wished we had done more with other paint types.

All the hustle and bustle on campus has gotten me thinking about my days as a student. On days like today I think "Oh I envy the students. So much energy, so much to look forward to". Then there are other days when I look at my student loan payments, remember exams & assignments, and think "Yeah, I'm so glad I'm finished".

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