Take heart, former procrastinators – it’s February! Has your grip on 2020 goals already slipped a bit? Hey, that’s good! January is a great time to seek what the Lord wants us to pursue this year and get started. That makes January a great time to discover the pitfalls in our plans. Now in February, we can course correct so we carry on faithfully the rest of the year.
Whether it’s developing a new habit or working a project, I often have to start the job before I find the best way to handle it. I begin – then problems surface. Sometimes the problems are opportunities to persevere. Sometimes they’re notifications that I need to revamp my plan.
Pitfalls in my process reveal there are more elements to deal with than I naively anticipated. Or my plan is too complicated. Rather than drop the job, I can be glad to discover the difficulties and come up with a more realistic and effective way to handle things.
I’ve learned it’s not realistic to sort our entire collection of photos by the end of March. I‘ve learned I have to label all picture piles because I don’t remember what each one is. I’ve learned to use plastic bags to hold categories of pictures in divided sorting bins. I’ve learned that in our family albums, I can’t do justice to my husband’s photography or the countries we lived in. So I’m selecting a few representative pics for family albums and setting aside all other landscape and native people photos for separate albums he can do.
These realizations provide direction I didn’t have in the beginning. I revamp my plan. My goal remains the same, but I’m refining my approach to help me stay on course.
What January realizations will help you refine your goals for 2020?