Friday, December 31, 2010

Resources For Goal-Setters and a Preview

New Years Eve for me is kind of how it must be on Christmas Eve for Santa... I am in a rush to figure out what big things I'm going to do for the following year and I want to make sure I'm all prepared by midnight (especially if I'm going to do one of those "every day" kind of things (as in a picture-every-day-of-the-year.) If I don't figure it out and do whatever-it-is on January 1, I have to wait all the way until the following year! This is the reason, I have given up on the "every day" types of resolutions... Although I like the idea, I'm better at the "every week" or better yet, the "every month" type... Or the "one big project for the year" is good, too. (Then, of course, I break that down into monthly/weekly/daily goals.. Can you tell I have a project management background?)

If you're another one who takes your New Years Resolutions seriously check out 6 Year-Long Projects to Start in 2011 by MakeUseOf.com. (By the way, if you're also an internet-junkie like I am, you might think about subscribing to MakeUseOf.com. I find a lot of cool sites thanks to their newsletter.)

So, MY big project (I know this will shock you) is going to be The 2011 Love Project!

Yes, starting tomorrow, I am going to officially start "The Love Project." I even bought www.LoveProject2011.com today and the blogger-guy I met on OkCupid is going to help me get set up on a new WordPress site on Sunday.

I'm copying Gretchen Rubin's Happiness Project idea. I'll blog and learn about love and write a book about it. I don't feel like I'm entirely stealing Gretchen's idea, because after all, my first book was a study in love as well. It's just that The Laptop Dancer Diaries is a humor story and I had to throw in a bunch of embarrassing stuff (all fiction, of course!) about my love life. This one will be completely non-fiction and will not reveal the mysterious details of my own love life. (I'm sure any 2011 dates will be grateful for this.)

I chatted with Gretchen briefly and got her thumbs up for me to go ahead with my project and I have some fun stuff in mind... Prompts for bloggers (similar to reverb10), a "website of the week" segment, themes, videos. Stay tuned for more information!

In the mean time, if you are busy planning your own 2011 resolutions, here's another site, courtesy of reverb10, that has all kinds of resources and tools for the ambitious goal-setter!

Have fun and Happy New Year!

3 comments:

shirlsd said...

congrats on your launching your love project!

S. Smith said...

I just found your blog from the makeuseof article you mentioned, and I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed the preview of your book on Amazon. You've got a perky style, and your writing gives off an honest feel. It makes me genuinely curious to find out how the book goes. At this point, I've read through to your first January date. Hearing about 53 year olds in expensive skin tight athletic wear is kind of funny - I never really thought that athletic wear could come across as impressive.

Anyhow, I just wanted to let you know that I'm impressed with what you've done, and I enjoyed reading about it. I might actually buy your book sometime soon, and I'll probably check out your blog sometimes. I generally think love talk is tacky and cheesy, but I appreciate that you don't talk in clichés (of course), and I like that your frankness makes your feelings easy for me to relate to, even though I don't know you. Thanks!

Yvette said...

Hi S.Smith,
Thank you so much for your comment and feedback! I often wonder how people feel about the book and it's so nice when someone takes the time to let me know. Even if there's something that needs improving, it's helpful for me!

I would be happy to send you the whole .pdf file if you want. If you like it, I hope you'll consider buying it for someone else you think might like it.

(Same offer goes for anyone else who sends me feedback!)

Thank you, again!