13 seasonal goals is built to help you not only achieve some short-term goals, but also to take note of the season and enjoy the world around you. With 13 weeks in each season it seems rather natural to have 13 goals. That doesn't mean you have to finish one goal every week; though there certainly isn't a problem with that. Some might be simple and only take a few days. Some goals may take several weeks or the entire 13 weeks. it all depends on what kind of goals you choose. And that is a part of the joy of this challenge. You pick the goals.
There are some guidelines to help keep the list a little diverse, but if you know exactly what you want to do you can just ignore it. It does give a little bit of a challenge to check off all the guidelines while making your list though.
So what are these guidelines?
1 of the items should be personally challenging
This can mean different things for different people. What is easy for one person could be nearly impossible for another. I highly advise against having a list of 13 highly difficult tasks. Seriously, I am super guilty of setting goals that aren't reasonable for myself. I am getting better though.
1 of the items should be a financial goal
This could be a variety of different types of challenges. It can be specifically about money. ( ie: saving up to buy something, putting more money in your savings account, donating to a beloved organization, paying off of friend) Or it could have to do with money without actually requiring money. does that sound a little funny? Here are a couple examples. you could learn about finances. you can learn to balance a checkbook or how to budget. There are a variety of classes you can take to learn about working with money or how money and finances work.
1 item should benefit someone else
Whether for you this means donating your time at a shelter, giving money to a good cause, or just helping out a friend. There are lots of things we can do that will benefit another person or even in some cases maybe an animal. One of the great things about this is it gives you a great feeling and reminds you how big the world is and how much just a little bit can really help.
1 item should be something you are doing for the first time
This is something I'm all about. I encourage everyone to try new things. When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Why wait? Give a hobby, music genre, or game a try.
2 or more items should involve a group or being social
Even introverts need to spend time with other people. And trying something new with a handful of friends can be a lot less scary. It also gives you an excuse to get together with your friends.
3 or more items should be based on the season
Hence the namesake of the challenge. I highly encourage you to do as many of the items on your list in a theme related to whichever season it happens to be in your hemisphere. This is also great for engaging in challenges that our time based. Every autumn I do NaNoWriMo. Which counts as being rather difficult.
3 or more items should be creative
Creativity is not just for people who consider themselves artists. Creativity can be a part of our daily lives. It can be a great outlet for stress and emotions. What kind of things would you like to try that will exercise your creative self.
3 or more items should make you smile
This one I consider really important. There too many goals and challenges out there that we’re trying to do for other people. For society's expectations. So people will like us. So our boss will be happy. But what about us? What about you? what do you want to do? What do you want to finish? What will put a smile on your face? Do you know what it is? Then go do it.
That may look like a lot, so I'll list the guidelines one more time all by themselves.
- 1 of the items should be personally challenging
- 1 of the items should be a financial goal
- 1 item should benefit someone else (volunteer time, donate, or maybe tutor someone)
- 1 item should be something you are doing for the first time
- 2 or more items should involve a group or being social
- 3 or more items should be based on the season
- 3 or more items should be creative
- 3 or more items should make you smile
Remember that each task you put on your list can fulfill several of these guidelines. For example I like to do NaNoWriMo. NaNoWriMo is creative, personally challenging, & a seasonal challenge. Some of my friends have even had goals that check off one of each of the guidelines.
Are you interested in trying this fun challenge? What will you do?