This Is Not The Year For Ambitious Goal-Setting

Dena Ogden
4 min readDec 29, 2020

What’s a planner to do, when it’s impossible to plan?

Let’s pretend that all planning is this peaceful and luxurious. Photo by Ava Sol on Unsplash

Every December for the last five or so years, I’ve done some sort of goal-setting process, designed to bring closure to the current year and prepare for the upcoming one. Depending on circumstances and mood, there may be lots of lists involved or maybe I follow along with an online course, or print a workbook. If I’m feeling…

Dena Ogden

writer | part 80s/part 90s | very PNW | words also on The Atlantic, R29, Bustle, Romper, et al | she/her