Well let’s just say that this year has not gone the way I thought it would go back in January when setting some personal goals. I can’t say anything negative or bad has happened, but I haven’t really pushed forward with many of my fun, non-work related goals.
This stagnant status seems to be a trend for me and it’s one I reflect on annually. However, the annual reflection without action is really starting to piss me off. I’m always offering advice to younger relatives and friends about how they need to plan out their goals and take the baby steps to get there, but here I am at the same place in a lot of areas of my life.
I’ve done well professionally and am so grateful to be part of an organization that cares for its employees and has a direct positive impact on the families it serves. Outside of wishing I had a better handle of my work-life balance, I really have no real complaints about my professional life. Are there areas of improvement there? Yes, of course – there always should be if you care about your work!
Where I feel like I’ve just stopped pushing is on items that affect my personal fun goals. So let’s use this Memorial Day to do a little reflection and status check.
When I look at the goal planning session I conducted earlier this year, there were four main areas that I decided to put a little more emphasis on for 2016 and my theme was to commit.
- Eat out Less – failing miserably
- Pay down 1% of my student loans – I reached about 30% of that goal
- Create a new revenue source by stocking my etsy shop – still empty!
- Have a 3 month emergency fund – not even 1 month yet but there are now savings that I haven’t touched in quite some time (major progress)
- Start a weekly savings plan – am officially on wk 4 of a 26-week $1000 savings plan
- Workout 3x/week – has not happened once!
- Increase my daily steps to 10K/day – barely hitting 5k/day
- Drink 8-12 cups of water/day – I have been habitually confusing diet coke and coffee for water
- Cook more at home – this one happens in spurts
- Declutter closets – I start but never finish
- Declutter shoes – donated 5 pairs of shoes (so much more should go)
- Declutter my craft room – I keep adding to it instead
- Donate or sell more than you accumulate – not even close
Mental Health (have more fun)
- Read 12 books – I am one book behind for my 1 book/month pace
- Regular blog posts – ha ha ha ha (I didn’t really need to answer that one)
- Do something creative every day – I am realizing that while I would love this, it just isn’t realistic
While I can’t say I’ve been completely ignoring everything on this list, it is frustrating to see that nothing has had good or consistent progress. I think I may have bitten off more than I could chew for 2016, so I am going to pick one goal in each area to focus on for the remainder of the year. If any of the other items get completed too – they will be an added bonus!
I’m trying to not be too hard on myself because I always strive to be better and at times think I should excel in everything that I do. However, it’s time to give myself a little breathing room and acknowledge the fact that I set way too many goals for myself. It’s fantastic to set goals to reach but if these are all challenge areas to begin with, what makes me thing I can accomplish it all just by writing it down?
There has to be room for baby steps and time for habit development.