Why is this the hardest thing?
Main goal: Improve habits so that overall health is improved in a sustainable way.
- Lose 30 pounds and build muscle, build flexibility, and develop good posture habits
- Eat better and make that a habit
- Set easily obtainable exercise and stretch goals
- Obtain medical records
- If I’ve reached health goals, find a doctor and schedule appointment
- Schedule dental visit and build that habit
- Schedule eye doctor visit and build habit and buy glasses for driving and for blue light
- Personal goal
- Build sleep habit and follow sleep books, particularly Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success by Shawn Stevenson
- Regular haircut habit (I don’t remember my last haircut, it’s been at least a year)
- Regular skincare habits and investments (especially SUNSCREEN)
My work history isn’t pretty. I’ve been mainly temping and will probably continue to do so for awhile, but is really not enough on it’s own. I’m trying to work on being more proactive and less dependent. I don’t know how to explain this all; I’m very tired of being given stale advice that is really opinion, and I know I haven’t tried hard enough or worked enough, but I do want something that I feel decent about, so I need to find a balance of my.own.thing and still be a responsible adult. Here are my (edited for privacy) goals in the area of finance and career.
- Pay off short term debt
- Try to earn a certain amount this year before taxes
- Fill an emergency fund to at least a certain amount and then continually build with regularly small additions
- Live off last month’s income!
- Keep and gift/experiences/travel fund (or perhaps a fund for each category)
- Private goal
- Start investing (regular and retirement)
- Generally follow a basic budget (quarterly with monthly adjustments)
- Have no debt and bills paid by end of year
- Buy a decent used car and have it paid off
- Have a stable source of income or a clear path to one by 2020
- Work on tech degree as hard as possible with a plan; I must be in a bachelor’s program by Spring 2020 semester
- Get a couple of certifications for other job options
- Work on soft-skills & genuine networking
- Work more and earn more (be proactive about looking for assignments and side gigs that suit me)
One of my resolutions this years is to add processes and products into my life to make things easier. Much of these ideas for routines and organization came from MuchelleB’s channel.
Since I got my new phone, I finally jumped on the bandwagon to using Evernote. I’m so glad I need. I put my checklists for my daily routines, weekly reset list, etc. on there.
I’m still in the middle of working my plans and such into habits, and I never have the same schedule for long, so we will see how it works, but I’m pretty happy write now. I have my daily routine sheets (I’m still need to print the one that has everything on one page), my habit chart page, and my weekly spread and those things hold all I need to do. I’m still trying to wean myself off of stickies, but I think I’m far better or maybe fine as I’m just using them for notes rather than to-do’s.
- Make Life Overall Easier
- Implement Life Admin Days (one per quarter), Weekly Reset Days, Morning Routine, NIghttme Routine. I got these ideas from MuchelleB’s channel, and I loved them.
- Make Habits Easier
- Build into routine (morning/evening), schedule appointments at appointments. I’m easing into my goals and processes. I found the way that AmandaRachLee does her habits in multiple mini calenders makes it much more appealing for me to track them. I have split my day into Morning, Lunch, and Evening and tried to work all my habits from my habits chart into this.
- Make Health Easier
- Clear floor for exercise, pick out outfits, make simple schedule
- Plan and prep meals, keep decent snacks, invest in helpful appliances (lunch warmer, crockpot, Instantpot), keep good grocery lists
- Get huge water jug (set reminder if I must)
- Make Daily Life Easier
- Set routines
- Laundry: (4 basket bin, clean/ironing basket, steamer, schedule)
- Cleaning: get proper tools and keep together
- Renovate bedroom, get more bathroom organization
- Stuff control (tips: one in one out; “where will it go?” “do I own similar?” “do I really need this?”; play minimalist game/get rid of 500 items, once per quarter?), buy safe/locked fire safe filing cabinet
- Have a place for everything & group everything by category (my sticky points: library books, current reads, office supplies/notes, quote notebook, reading notebooks, borrowed books, school, journal)
- Make School Easier
- Set up space with everything needed
- Knock out work at the earliest possible
- Make Sewing and Crafts Easier
- Set up a space
- Get better organization
- Make Fashion Easier
- Streamline underthings and basics
- Avoid items with special needs/extras (e.g. something that needs an accessory in a color I don’t currently own, something that needs extra underlayers, etc.)
- Have one wedding and one funeral outfit with shoes, accessories, under things, and outerwear
- Have multiple business professional, business casual, dressy casual, outdoors (including hiking), and dress outfits with shoes, accessories, under things, and outerwear
- Make Tech/Web Control Easier (i.e. make it easier to not be on them all the time)
- Audiobooks, audiodramas, podcasts
- I need all these to be things that I like, so for some, such as the audio ones, I might need to come up with lists since I do NOT gravitate towards them at ALL.
- Make Travel and Exploring Easier
- Travel fund
- Travel tools
- Pinpoint fears
- Go with family
- Folk school and similar planned/controlled excursions
- Map out plans, costs, and answers to fears
- Make Life Overall Easier
I’ve spent a lot of time planning, several drafts of resolutions, goals, etc. I watched tons of YouTube, mostly MuchelleB for ideas and inspiration (last year Lavendaire was the go-to YouTuber) plus lots of AmandaRachLee and others (see my Pinterest board section for more of them) for the practical, physical planner pages.
I’d decided on a lot about my physical planner system that I wanted: letter-sized (I prefer larger, and letter is more practical for print-outs here in the U.S.), dot-grid paper, bullet journal layouts, and removable pages. However, I did make some changes, I changed from Filofax to Staples Arc (I got this one), because of color mainly, but also the price (since the Staples notebook was on sale). I still have yet to get the punch for my notebook.
I then tried to research a good paper thickness. I ended up with 28lbs paper, but I definitely go thicker next/when I get the chance). I found this free bullet journal dot paper print-out (I’m going to have to work with my printer settings in order to try to get it to be perfectly symmetrical, also not sure my printer likes the thick paper).
I’m keeping my yearly, quarterly, monthly goal breakdown, but I’m trying to aim for more practical and achievable (for me personally) goals. Again, I’m not holding myself to these strictly, but if I aim and get many things partially completed and constantly readjust, I will be doing quite well. This time I also set some basic resolutions that my goals will fall under. These are:
- Achieve a basic level of financial and career security
- Make a significant improvement in overall health
- Implement systems and organizations to make life easier
- Make more serious and systematic strides in skills
My word of the year is: Security
My focus of the year is: Aiming for independence with comfort
My goals are quite long (and are the details of the resolutions) and have been broken down into categories (I’ve posted the reading ones already, I think I might make each category a separate post, at least for the less personal ones).
I’ll probably post pictures, but maybe after I get the planner looking a little prettier.
I always love seasonal “bucket” lists, and enjoy reading Hamlette’s to-dos. I’m an inveterate list making . . . and list-ignorer. I’ll probably put up a final quarter to-do list once I’ve formulated it. It will be MUCH simpler than the ones I previously made myself.
Fall Fun/Hobby To-Do List
- An autumn festival (already scheduled, just need to ask off) with my grandparents
- Join in on our family Ladies Shopping Day; I have only been able to join on show-and-tell the last few times. We’ve tried to have 1-2 shopping days with the ladies in Mom’s extended family where we shop at antique stores and consignment shops with a break for lunch and an end of day after snack and show-and-tell showcasing our finds at the end. So much fun.
- Spend lots of time with my niece and take lots of good photos
- Maybe a autumn hiking trip
- Buy all my planning stuff for next year
- Read tons more: Participate in Classics Club dare and read 5 more from list
- Work on blog development a bit (Genesis, IP, spam, disclosure)
- Make serious dent in my sewing stash
- Finish second smocked baby dress ASAP
- Two more business skirts
- Fall dresses and skirts
- Baby dresses for summer (as Christmas gifts)
- Tons of baby bows and such
- Make a serious den in my knitting stash
- Knit at least one sweater and sweater dress for me
- Baby sweaters, rompers, sweater dresses
- Socks for me
- Baby socks
- Dress up as Audrey Hepburn from How to Steal a Million for Halloween
- Start working on regency outfit
My goal lists are not concrete, and I’m trying to focus on the positive, so for now at least I’m going to focus on what I did accomplish even if not many of the exact goals were reached
- Had a decent job/career month
- Made great strides in the financial category
- Sold shoes on Poshmark (I should have made one of my goals for this year to finish all reselling)
- Finished baby boy cousin’s blanket
- Started baby girl cousin #1’s baby blanket
- Bought buttons and finished red scarf
- Read 6 new-to-me books
- Re-read 5 books
- Got a 6 month full Ancestry.com account
- Made a beautiful and delicious Easter cake
- Purchase TEFL training and work on other goals
- Obtain TEFL certification and work on other goals
- Work on diet, Habits Chart, and other goals
- Get to 75% on Duolingo and work on a plan for further study
- Work on soft skills training
- Study accounting and math
- Make a dent in my Craftsy and Creative Bug classes
- Explore my state
- Take some outings with my grandparents
- Plan some longer trips
- Learn more about/try if possible travel hacking
- Spend quality time with family, especially without Internet
- Finish gifts, give gifts on time, and plan for Christmas
- Work on organizing and streamlining paperwork and files
- Stash bust craft supplies/use up some toiletry items/participate in minimalist challenges to organize
- Work on room design and wardrobe
- Make a dent in related Craftsy and Creative Bug classes
- Work on knitting and sewing to use up all my stashes and to finish projects
- Work on sewing pattern organization
- Read 25-30 new-to-me books
- Finish all the books I have borrowed as of 3/26 and read 4 of my own unread books
Well, I think I will just focus here on what I did accomplish especially since I’m not in a position and don’t the personality to make everything concrete.
~I finished sweater dresses for the little girls of a family friend and mailed them off (I’ll get pictures up soon).
~I was good with my money/spending, and I’ve got some good plans in place which I will probably discuss more next month (after I implement them).
~One big school accomplishment (not public yet).
~I got a temporary job for a few weeks (the nicest job I’ve ever had and the only one that I don’t dread going to, in fact I would almost say I look forward to going to).
~I read 7 books (5 new to me, 2 re-reads, and one of those was a borrowed book).
~I am (as of 3/4/2018) at 43% on Duolingo (I think I got up to 46% this month which is 4% from my target . . . and then I let it slip down).
~I already did some puzzles and game days when I made my Winter Fun List, but I didn’t do much after, and I think the only thing I really did was watch the Olympics.
Some more digitizing and decluttering articles for your New Year.
I think I got a little too ambitious for February, but we’ll see.
~Buy TEFL course and work on some other goals
~Start TEFL, work on other skills
~Work on habits chart and lose 5 pounds (try to aim for 50% completion rate on habits chart, at least for most important goals)
~Tech breaks: no tech on Sunday, 5 weekday tech-free days, 5 hour limit for at home days, 2 hour limit for work days, off by 7pm (probably should add tech control to habit chart)
~Reach 50% on Duolingo and equivalent on Tinycards
~Work on math, accounting, EQ, and interpersonal communication library books
~Listen to online library music
Travel and Explore
~Plan, ice skate
~Finish gifts, plan baby blankets
Homemaking and Holidays
~Digital file conversion and back-up (work through this challenge I mentioned before)
Sewing and Making
~Finish 1-2 Craftsy and Creativebug classes
~Finish gifts, sewing with little girls, unfinished projects, and shadowbox
~Read 8+ new to me books, 2+ borrowed books, and 2+ unread of my own books
~Read a classic from another country (other than Russia and UK)
~Read from my category list
~Read 1+ Hemingway novel
~Complete most of Brothers of Karamazov
~Read 1+ book toward my U.S. history course
~Read some essays
Here are my 1st quarter goals, edited a bit for privacy.
~Pay off student loan (probably too ambitious at this point)
~Purchase TEFL training
~Plan for school
~Complete TEFL training (I’m not sure I will be able to complete it because it is so far in)
~Focus on diet, hydrations, supplements, and meal plan
~Lose 10 pounds (I’ve gained 5 instead, but I don’t think I’ll be losing 15 in two months)
~Focus on stretching with walking, swimming, and abs & gluts work-outs
~Get a facial
~Reach 65% on Spanish in Duolingo (and keep pace in Tinycards) and work on geography with Seterra
~Complete two library math books
~Work through a few interpersonal communication, logic, EQ, logic, and critical thinking books
~Work through 1 Craftsy course, 20+ YouTube videos, and one library book on art
~Buy piano D.V.D.’s and listen to 6 new C.D.’s from library (I’ll modify this because I had forgotten our library has digital offerings)
Travel and Explore
~Take an exploration day (maybe in March, I wasn’t thinking of the seasonal aspect)
~Plan some day and longer trips (NYC and Anastasia . . . in my dreams)
~Family time with no tech
~Finish gifts, start 1-2 baby blankets
Homemaking and Holidays
~Clear out digital files; get Lightroom & start editing
~Use up extra beauty products
~Plan Summer and Spring wardrobe (including proper outdoor and activities clothes and shoes)
Sewing and Making
~Working on stash busting sewing and knitting
~Work on finishing random projects and finish 3 Craftsy courses
~Read 25 new to me books
~Read 6 borrowed (from other people/the basement, lol) and 3 unread books of mine
I have nine categories of goals. I’ve already changed some, and I’m sure others will be amended. Some items are hard to set in stone or I have/will learned of better options. Also, I will selectively edit what I choose to show, some of my goals are too personal or to uncertain for me to put here.
~Pay of debts and dues and stay out of debt
~Begin investing a significant portion of my income (this is new)
~Purchase a TEFL certification course
~Save and pay for CLEPs and tuition (including Spring 2019)
~Put certain amounts in a ROTH IRA, in an emergency fund, and in a savings account
~Work with Lumerit on my schooling (this is new; we are trying to find the best option for me)
~Achieve TEFL certification and try to find an online job
~Complete other career training and add good job experience to resume
~Achieve healthy/weight muscle balance
~Increase my flexibility considerably and improve my posture
~GO OUTSIDE! Make it a habit
~Get various beauty and health treatments
~Healthy sleep habits
~Take regular screen vacations and find a better usage system
~Build up better eating and hydration habits, and a decent recipe and meal plan selection
~Work on EQ, interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and logic
~Learn Spanish and start a second language
~Work on geography
~Work on developing my artistic skills (complete all my Craftsy and Creativebug art courses and this YouTube course and work through some of our books and some library books)
~Work on my music deficiency and relearn piano
~Possibly take some lessons (dancing, ice-skating, horse-back riding, tennis)
Travel and Explore
~Explore my area (with my grandparents for some of this)
~Explore my state
~Visit 2-3 new states/explore states I’ve been to more
~Visit 1-2 new countries
~Finish overdue gifts, finish 4 baby blankets, be timely with gifts
~Spend more mindful time with family, particularly my grandparents
~Give blood a couple times
Homemaking and Holidays
~Redesign my room
~Reorganize and purge (finish all scrapbooks, photo editing, and photobooks; organize and streamline recipe and other folders/binders; organize, streamline, and back up my computer and documents; find a better place for Christmas, gift, office, craft, etc. supplies)
~Work on my cleaning systems
~Work on holiday/Christmas planning to minimize stress and maximize my enjoyment!
Sewing and Making
~Learn tatting, improve jewelry making and embroidery
~Develop my sewing and knitting skills along with my wardrobe (including hard items like lingerie, sweater dresses, cardigans, silks); complete wardrobe!
~Work on art/travel journals
~Keep improving in depth and intensity (see my 2018 reading tab for more details)