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Deployment Goals

And the deployment monster strikes again. Yup, just like that, the fastest four months in history are over and we’re starting the next deployment. This one hit especially hard, perhaps because it came up so fast, but I’m not going to let that derail me for the next few months. I want to be productive while A is gone and have come up with some deployment goals to help keep me motivated.

I’ve written before about the importance of deployment goals and how to write good ones and this go around is no exception. I’m very checklist-oriented and being able to cross things off my list makes it feel like time goes by faster.

Run 100 miles.

This is probably my most ambitious goal only because it’s really hot here and will be for most of the deployment. But I miss running and want to get it back in my routine.  It works out to just be a few miles a week, which is a good starting point after taking way too long off.

Finish decorating the entryway.

I painted the entryway the last time A was gone, but progress has completely stalled during the time he was home. All that’s missing is a new light fixture and the art for the walls. I need to finish it while he’s gone!

Catch up on scrapbooking.

Oh gosh, I am so far behind on this that it’s not even funny. You see, I started the tradition of creating a scrapbook for each year of my relationship with A and, despite enjoying it immensely, I have fallen off significantly. By the time he gets home, I’d like to be caught up.

Try 4 new recipes.

Raise your hand if you feel like you get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner. Yeah, me too. I’m going to use this deployment to find a few new recipes to add to my dinner schedule. If you have any that you love, definitely leave them in the comments for me!

Do something out of my comfort zone.

This is probably the biggest deployment goal for me and it applies to my personal life as well as my professional life. I want to try new things while A is gone: add video into my business plan, travel by myself, maybe treat myself to something I wouldn’t ordinarily allow. I want to try it all!

If you’re going through a deployment (or any other separation), have you set your goals yet? If so, tell me one in the comments so we can keep each other motivated.

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