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#resound11: 12 for 12

To-Do List. Rory Finneren/FlickrThe world’s been whirling around me in recent months meaning I haven’t been able to really think about any goals for the coming year. I’ve never really been good with resolutions or goals in the traditional sense. The idea of having guidelines seem to suit me better.

The most useful thing I’ve ever stumbled across (despite the sheer enormity or insanity of it all) is the 101 in 1001. I blame fellow #resound11 participant Jason Toney for getting me hooked (even long after he stopped participating himself).

September 30 marked the third time I ever started attempting to tackle this project (getting varying results from my first and second tries). The crazy thing about this time is I didn’t exactly create the new list before I started.

At least I didn’t until today.

The first two times I decided it would be nice to actually complete the list. This go around the goal is to look at it as I do my resolutions – as guidelines. The pressure of completing the tasks off my mind, I find myself finishing more of the items on the list without even thinking about them. That’s how the last few months of Version 2.0 went.

Even as I think about taking that kind of an approach moving forward, it is nice to think about  setting a few firm goals for the next twelve months – hence tackling today’s #resound11 prompt:

Take today to talk about 12 things you would like to accomplish in 2012.

They do relate back to the new 101 in 1001 list, but are more likely to serve as a guaranteed way to enjoy 2012 (or at the very least push  forward through it).

Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Run the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run.
  2. Eat pizza once a week.
  3. Enter one (1) writing contest a month.
  4. Submit at least five (5) queries for long-form articles a month.
  5. Visit my mother.
  6. Have coffee with someone once a week.
  7. Go to at least one (1) MLB baseball game.
  8. Give myself the potential to fail at least once a day.
  9. Watch one TED video a day.
  10. Take a vacation. A real vacation.
  11. Read books for the fun of it.
  12. Complete my first novel & screenplay.

They may seem random and perfunctory, but completing everything on this list would make me pretty happy. A few of the goals also imply some other things need to happen – things that would be fun to be a part of in 2012.

What do you want to accomplish in 2012? The comments section is open if you feel like sharing what your plans are…


Photo: To-Do List. Rory Finneren/Flickr

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