My “20 for 20” list looks . . . unlikely at this point. Particularly the travel. However, goals in general are not a lost cause, even now. On yesterday’s Happier podcast (they are finally caught up to current times!), Gretchen Rubin mentioned creating an alternative list: 19 for COVID19. That sounds like a lot of goals (particularly for parents without any childcare). BUT, it still got me thinking.
On one hand, it feels kind of selfish to be thinking about little personal achievements — some of them superficial — when many are in crisis. On the other, having goals (which can be a productive coping mechanism) doesn’t necessarily add to the pain of others who are suffering.
SO. What would I like to do, particularly if the rest of 2020 is basically a wash when it comes to travel and other activities?
Read a bunch of books. I indulged and bought several physical books online (I miss the library!), figuring I can always give them away when this is all over. I”d love to get through this whole stack before officially kicking off “summer reading” in June.
Paint (and perform amateur-mani/pedi on) my nails. SO BASIC, but I want/need to.
Cut C’s hair. Or at least trim it. His longer hair is cute but the sideburns are starting to look comical.
Complete 80 Day Obsession (because if not now, when?)
Start working on wardrobe overhaul (through online ordering and maybe even an online stylist consult). I am saving my allowance (or trying to), hoping to do a significant upgrade perhaps at end of summer.
Do a podcast experiment. I kind of want to start a planning/planner-focused podcast (I KNOW) . . . And since I am technically being forced to take a day off weekly (kind of a mini-furlough of sorts) I SHOULD have time to do this. Theoretically. (This would in no way replace BOBW – just be a little adjunct experiment!)
Clean up our investment portfolio including finishing up estate planning we started like . . . 2 years ago. Oops! (IF NOT NOW . . . WHEN!?). We have funds earmarked for 529s, backdoor Roth, etc, but have not moved it yet. (Turns out that may have been a good thing given the last couple of months, but it’s probably time to just bite the bullet & do it.)
Organize/declutter our home! Totally ready to do this. More on this in a future post!
GOALS ON LIST I CAN STILL MEET:
- Save at least 20% gross income
- Host a BOBW meetup (um . . . maybe on Zoom or Instagram live?)
- Cook Sunday Dinner at least 12 Sundays (I’ve done at least 4 that I tracked already, so that’s only 8 left!)
- One Mommy day each with A&C — no reason I can’t still do this in some form, just with at-home activities, a walk together, etc
- Get a perfect pair of new jeans — sales are good right now, too so might be a good time to order a few to try (you guys had some good suggestions!)
- Spend 48 hours screen free — I COULD STILL DO THIS (though I am quite attached to this little blogging streak)
- Develop meditation habit – working on it anyway!
- Get work bag that zips and fits laptop – still doable, though I have not had much reason to bring my laptop to work these days, so probably will table for now
- Read 40 books – YES I still want to meet this goal!
- Try Orange Theory can be converted to 80 Day Obsession (or an online home version of OT if they come out with one)
Anyone else working on a CV19-goals list? I don’t think I have 19 but . . . the above looks like more than enough. I should probably come up with some work goals too but the day to day work (patient care, keeping our program running, answering faculty/resident questions, keeping everyone informed) honestly feels like enough right now.
PSA: Antibody testing is all the rage right now, but I can’t help but think of Theranos. From what I have read, many of the tests are not well-regulated and may not be specific. Laboratory testing that is inaccurate or misleading is truly dangerous. Furthermore, even if tests were reliable and specific (doubtful), we don’t have a clear understanding of what a positive immunity test even means. Is it a GUARANTEE that one cannot become ill (or pass on the disease) again? No one knows (the was corroborated by one of our allergy/immunology attendings and my friend’s husband who is an infectious disease doctor). I had one of my patients email me a local commercial testing site and my UH OH meter went off.