Daily Life

How I Did on My Winter/1st Quarter 2021 Goals

I’m trying to go by seasons and pick a theme. The theme from now until March 20th is Foundations.


  • Clean rest on Sunday (I heard this term for guilt free rest on The Perfectionism Project podcast, I don’t listen to it much, I find it hard to listen to, but I’ve received a few really great one point things that really strike me). Enjoy things I liked as a child and teen or similar things: reading, crafts, Legos, models, puzzles. NO screens.
  • Speaking of screen time, I’m going to try and lock down my computer and phone with Cold Turkey for Sunday through F, meaning no social media, blogs, Youtube, news. I also will do any self-improvement stuff in the morning. And shut down the computer and put away the phone when I come home from work (overlapping goal with Self-Improvement). I’ve done better the last few weeks because I’ve been more interested in reading Georgette Heyer novels on my Kindle, but I’m still pretty bad on weekends.
  • End each season with a week off or 3 day weekend in a screen free cabin.
  • Start exercise and stretch habits, including some fun sport like ice skating.
  • Work on my diet. I have eaten a frightening amount of candy at work lately. I might have to detour and walking around the sugar bowl which is right near my desk. I’m starting off with a sugar fast. I’m on day 6th as of Jan 9th, I’ve not had candy but I think I do need to be more careful about any added sugar.
  • Find a therapist.
  • Try Parsley health, see if there is someone in my state.


  • Private plan #1.
  • Private plan #2.
  • Private plan #3.
  • Set up and start on my tech learning plan. I’ve got to get into better habits, but yes, I’ve started this.


  • Break the lateness habit (I need to look up tips).
  • Institute a no gossip, whining, dumping (and calling in ranting), and petty politics rule and when someone else brings it up, either don’t take the bait or state my resolution not to talk in this manner.
  • Figure out how to ask questions to get people to think, rather than stating my own opinion (usually defensively).
  • Work on Spanish.
  • Work on habits and morning and evening routines.
  • Work on my screen time (overlapping goal with Health).
  • Work on blogging and Instagramming more consistently and better.


  • Maybe get a weekend temp job to finance some large apartment expenses and pay off some debts. I’m working on the job situation right now, fingers crossed it turns out in my favor.
  • Save for a big vacation.
  • Keep saving in down and emergency. I did, but then I made an expensive purchase.
  • Start a non retirement investment account.
  • Have a 2nd source of income from my private career plans.
  • Brainstorm a 3rd source of income, preferable passive?

Learn to Live

  • Take set of exercise classes such as ice skating lessons (overlapping goal with Health)
  • Join an online book group, I’d like to join The Enchanted Book Club deluxe, maybe in March, depends on what they are reading (overlapping goal with Reading). I didn’t join this one yet, but I am participating in two readalongs.
  • Take one craft class.
  • Attend one event.
  • Do some wintery fun things.
  • Work on a certain series of blog posts, maybe.


  • Start getting facials if possible
  • Start getting laser (in my dreams)


  • Make paper, crochet, and maybe tatted snowflakes. I did quill two snowflakes from which are super pretty.
  • Finish Mom’s gift by end of January (frame and all).
  • Make valentine decorations.
  • Finish Harper’s Frog, Toad, and Frances by end of February.
  • Finish two more baby blankets by end of March.

Study Subjects. I think that I may have to shelve this one for now, I have too many things going, and perhaps one or two subjects at a time would be better and right now those are/ought to be tech and Spanish.

  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday: Logic
  • Tuesday: History
  • Wednesday: Geography
  • Thursday: Christian Apologetics (even though I’m not a Christian, I still find this important)
  • Friday: World Religion
  • Saturday: Genealogy and Civics


  • Elizabeth

    I really admire your goal lists whether you end up doing everything or not. I need to step up my productivity I usually quit after doing a couple things.

    • Rachel Olivia

      I usually quit too, but I think its helpful to keep resetting and keep refocusing. When I started learning about rethinking new years goals and why they don’t work for most people, lots of people point to breaking things down and also resetting instead of expecting it to be perfect and quitting.

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