Quantifying the Qualitative

It’s that time of year again. January. In celebration of the New Year, we get really drunk, eat too much and the next day we vow to change our habits. We create resolutions.

You know you’ve done it. We all do it.

This January when everyone was saying, “I’m going to lose weight,” and “I’m going to travel more,” and “I’m going to expand my education,” I set about thinking about why I have never succeeded in the past.

Every year, I make these pie in the sky goals and by mid-March, I’ve all but given up. There have been very few examples where this hasn’t been true.

So being the analytical person that I am, I look at why those specific goals succeeded. The only two, in the 10 or so years of my resolution making life, was starting my diet last year and keeping my personal email inboxes relatively clean.

As I was thinking about this fact, I was talking to my best friend and co-worker Julie. She had mentioned this “journaling” and monthly bucket list she was doing and it clicked. The goals I was making were not quantifiable. I needed to put measurable metrics into my goals and I needed to be realistic.

My weight loss goals were easier because I set a long-term goal but I also set short-term goals. My email inbox goal was easy to maintain because it was a small task every single day. So this year I tried to break down my goals into quantifiable goals and/or daily tasks.


  1. Update this blog twice a month.
  2. Write my monthly blog post for Geek Girl Pen Pals.


  1. Lose an additional 50 lbs. by the time I go to GenCon.
  2. Go to the gym for at least half of the days that I don’t have to work at Starbucks.
  3. Master the BossBody week 1 work out by the end of February.
  4. Track my food in my WeightWatchers account every day.
  5. Weight-in once every week. No More, No Less.


  1. Go to one new place in the U.S. every year. This year is already planned and in August I will be visiting Indiana for GenCon!


  1. Go camping at the following locations:
    1. Mt. Greylock
    2. Acadia National Park
    3. NH – twice
  2. Go Letterboxing/Hiking with Julie twice by July.
  3. Visit 5 National Park sites


  1. Read 5 comic books a day.
  2. Read at least 30 books this year.

Those are some of my goals. My plan is to use my blog to keep myself accountable for my progress this year. I might not complete everything. I might forget to blog and this will become yet another one of those lonely forgotten pieces of realty on the internet. But I’m going to try.

That’s it for now.



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