At the end of 2016 (that was just a month ago, right?!) I reviewed the goals I had set at the beginning of the year, and planned to start making more short-term goals in 2017. I’ve always made goals for the year, but in retrospect, I realize how important it is to set short term goals first. Yes, I have some bigger goals for 2017, but I need to prioritize the smaller ones first so the bigger ones are easier to achieve.
Everyone sets their short term goals in different time frames, and it’s essential to pick the right time frame for you. I guess you could say I’m setting quarterly goals, but instead I’m categorizing them by season. I don’t want to be hindered by worrying about the actual months. What can I say? I’m a free spirit! So when it feels cold, I’ll be working on my Winter Goals. When it starts to get rainy and crocus plants pop out of the ground, I’ll begin my Spring Goals.
The holiday season still has me feeling muddled when it comes to riding. Our weather has been fickle and there hasn’t been one full week of school due to the weather since Christmas. I’ve also shouldered the burden of most boarders being gone for winter break. So, setting some goals for this particular season was difficult. I normally just plan and post about my personal horses and their progress, but I’m including goals for my barn as well.
Rocking E has grown enormously in the past eight years, and I’m devoting more and more time to my business. The other day I complained to my husband about how worn out I was in the evening and I just couldn’t figure out why. He looked at me like I was crazy and said, “it’s because you’re working full time and raising two kids!” Pshhhh!! I don’t work full time! Rocking E is a part time job! Or so I thought. After he said that, I added up the hours I had been working, and sure enough, apparently I work full time and had no idea. Then I counted how many stalls I had been cleaning over Christmas break. Can you believe it never occurred to me to count out how many I had done each day? 19 stalls twice a day. And I had no idea!
So, now that most of my boarders are back and I’m down to just 13 full care horses (ha!), I need to focus on the bigger picture. I’m going to start hacking away at the little things that never seem to get accomplished. Like that hot water tank… I’m sure that my spring and summer goal lists will include more riding and time with my boys (HOPEFULLY), but I need to get down to business right now. The sixth goal is a big one. I need to really think it through so I can fit as many major projects in the year as possible. 2017, here I come!