Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Knowledge Goals

While everyone should make yearly knowledge goals, it's particularly imperative for those of us with chronic illnesses that affect our memory and brain function.  Autoimmune problems are notoriously responsible for "brain fog," or the feeling of trying to think through pea soup.  It's awful!  There are times where I'm talking to my husband and can't think of the word I'm trying to say, so I "umm" and "err" for 10 minutes trying to find it.  Eventually, I give up; the story is lost.  These are the smaller, moderately annoying side effects of my disease, but add up a full year of stalls in thought and you start to see why it's so important to flex that brain muscle!

Surprisingly in 2015, I felt like I flexed my brain and made improvements.  While I'm struggling to remember medication, which really only got off course when we started the whole moving thing so it was likely a blip in scheduling rather than a brain issue, my conversational skills have improved and I can stay focused much better than I felt I could last year.

Here's the chart:

Perhaps it was my health stabilizing for 2015 or the extra work or both, but I have just two goals I need this year to feel like I'm improving.

Obviously, we're seeing a repeat of of last year's goals on the chart already under the "Health" section.  To that, I'd like to add a second repeat goal to complete the set!

Daily Mental Exercises

Typically, I leave this as working with the free version of Lumosity everyday, but doing the same thing doesn't really flex the muscle as much as changing it up.  On top of Lumosity, I could try learning a new word a day, or look for new Android apps that test your brain.  I could try using my left hand instead of my right to draw and write with a few times a week or switch out Lumosity for Sudoku.   There are also some health-conscious things I can do to help, such as drinking more water, getting the appropriate amount of sleep, taking my Omega 3 supplements, drinking green tea or even using brain-boosting seasoning.  I'm going to try all of these to see what helps me the most and what makes me feel more... "clear" during the day.

Read 12 Books

This has been one of my goals every year since I started yearly goal planning.  It's one of the reasons I really wanted to repeat it again.  This year, however, I'm not going to limit myself to a narrow selection of books.  I do have some books I need to read for other areas.  I figure those books could also double as one of my 12 books to keep things simple.  As long as I read 12 books this year, I'm happy.

Simple, simple!  We're flying through these last few sections, aren't we?

Here's the tracking:

Knowledge Goals - 0% Complete for the month.
(Pictures and some notes on this month's progress)

Daily mental exercises. – 0% complete
Read one book. – 0% complete.

Coming up:
2016 Relationship Goals

To my audience:
What are your knowledge goals for 2016?


  1. I have many of the same fog problems, lost speech, that kind of thing. I hadn't really thought of adding knowledge goals, so this is a great idea.

    It's worth noting the Lumosity just admitted that there's no brain boosting effects from their program, so you might not want to spend money on it. Crossword puzzles and word searches might be a better option.

    1. Thank you for the information! I've always used the free version of Lumosity (money's tight, as usual) so that's not a concern. But it does sound like a waste of time if it's not really doing anything!