Rather than making new year's resolutions this year, I've decided to set monthly goals for myself, both personally and professionally. Yesterday afternoon was Goal-Setting Day. It was actually kind of fun: going back through my old notes and my sabbatical plan, figuring out how to prioritize my different projects, etc. But I did run into a very interesting sort of roadblock:
It has been so long since I've had the luxury of "just" concentrating on my research that I have no clue how much work I am capable of finishing in a month. Which makes setting goals (and more specifically, tasks related to reaching those goals) sort of tricky.
I know how many productive hours of work I have in me per day, and based on that I have a very rough idea of how much I can get done in a week. But extending beyond that is pretty much just guesswork for me right now. I could just set weekly goals, but I sense that to keep myself on track, the monthly timeframe will work best for me.
So I'll just chalk this one up to "one of the many things I will learn about myself as part of my sabbatical." If any of you have any tricks or tips that work for you in terms of setting achievable long-term goals, I'd be very interested in hearing about them in the comments.