Goals, July 2014

Wow, summer is flying. I feel like June came and went super fast. Anyone relate?

Despite time going at lightening speed, I’ve been loving every bit of this summer. It’s my first since I entered college {which, holy cow, was three almost FOUR years ago} that I haven’t had a full time internship + a few part time jobs. Usually, around this time I’m commuting like crazy from the suburbs into the city, from job to job. This summer has been much slower, but still fast enough to keep me curious.

Last month, I set three goals centered around structuring myself and being more intentional with my actions. Let’s recap June a bit…

June Recap

– Practice everyday intention. I’m calling this a job well done. I made small changes in the way to do everyday tasks which drastically changed how I felt while doing them and how long they took to complete.

– Focus. Again, job well done here. Buckling down and getting all of the checklist items I needed to cross of prior to E&M’s launch was, at times, exhaustive. And there were times I just didn’t feel like opening my laptop. But I focused when it mattered and had a pretty productive month.

– Save. This one could have been better. But, I’ve realized that I just need to be a bit more realistic and intentional in the way that I spend. I’ve been reading lots of posts on budgeting and being frugal while enjoying yourself, and I’m finally comprising a plan that fits me best. I’m optimistic about it.Continue Reading

Goals, June 2014

Hi, friends! Can you believe that we are already halfway through 2014? I feel like the year just started! But, I am glad that summer is here.

Last month, I set three simple goals to focus on during the month: step outside of my comfort zones, spend more time with friends, and find some work/life balance. I’m pleased to say that I achieved 3/3, yipee!

This month, I’m not focusing on many things, but the goals that I have set are definitely large impact creators.

June: A Focus on Routine & Intention

  • Practice everyday intention. For the past few weeks, keeping up with a consistent routine and encouraging positive habits has been a bit difficult. Part of me thinks it has to do with being in a temporary apartment -nothing seems permanent enough to sustain productivity. This month, I want to do all things with intention, remembering why I’m doing things in the first place.
  • Focus. Summertime is one of those brief seasons where things slow down a bit for me. I want to take advantage of the season to really focus on things that slip past me. Especially, finding the time to pick up a few books and let my imagination wander.
  • Save. While I’m slowed down and focusing, I really want to start saving up little bits at a time. Time is moving so quickly, and soon it will be time to invest in some of my larger dreams.

That’s it for me, what are your goals for the month? Did you set any goals last month that you are still working to achieve?

Why You Don’t Need Another Planner, Calendar or Productivity App.

My favorite time of year used to be back-to-school season – okay, it’s totally still my favorite time of year.

I would walk into the school supply aisle, and my parents would basically have to push a leash on me to stop me from going crazy. I would have one thought in mind: I need everything. And after a little begging, and the occasional crocodile tears, I would usually leave with way more than what I actually needed.

School would start, and the same thing would happen almost every time. I’d start off strong – a notebook and folder for every subject, a planner to write down important dates. But then, I would slowly start to introduce all of those other unnecessary purchases into my daily routines. And to make matters worse, I was known for buying extra supplies mid-year. Before I knew it, I had a binder that held some assignments and a notebook containing others, my notes were a mess and I couldn’t focus on the work because I was too distracted by trying to figure out how to work. It was a recipe for organizational disaster.

I had everything I needed to be organized, but I was so far from being truly organized. That’s because I was focusing on organization, but not organizing with intention.

Thankfully, I’ve found a system of organization that makes life easier, and doesn’t drag me to the point of no return. All it takes is a little simplification, intention and time to really nail down an organizational method that will work for you.

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Hello March / Kicking Off A New Month Right

Happy third day of March everyone! I can’t believe that we’re already into the third month of the year. I feel like I just watched the ball drop yesterday.

A fresh month sets the perfect mood for goal setting and fresh starts. March is absolutely my favorite month, and I’m so excited to see what the next few weeks bring for me.

There are a few things I always try to do when I’m ushering in a new month. Starting off strong is a great indication of an even stronger ending. Take the time to prepare and get your bearings together. Leave all of the old and heavy things from weeks before behind; the goal that you haven’t met, the faux paus that happened publicly and privately.

Allow yourself to walk freely and unhindered into a new clean and fresh space. Declutter your mind, and start to progress in the new.

01/ Assess Your Progress

Look at yourself now, and note changes (or lack thereof) from the month prior. Celebrate all of the successes you had, no matter how big or how small. Everything is incredibly significant and worthy of praise.

If you did experience some failures, evaluate them as well. Did you not achieve something due to a lack of genuine intention for it, was it a matter of self discipline? Was it too much to handle on your already full plate? Instead of giving your failures so much power, use it as a jumping off point to determine your wants, needs and current outlooks.

02/ Set Realistic + Intentional Goals

Before you pull out your notebook that you track your goals and intentions in, allow me to note one thing – creating a laundry list of goals to achieve in 30 days is not always beneficial. If you have one goal for the month, that is just as productive as creating a list of 10 goals, most of which will fall by the wayside anyway. It is so important to be realistic.

Align your short and long term goals so that they do not become separate entities. Your short term goals are bricks, and lay the pathway to your long term goals (tweet that).

03/ Perform A Positive Action

Do something that will really help kick start greater action within you. Don’t wait until the time feels right, because it never will. The best time to act on something you’re really passionate and intentional about is right away.

If your goal is to start a blog, go ahead and write out your first post, and a few ideas for your next posts. If you really want to do well on an upcoming exam, start outlining a plan of attack for studying and prep work.

Don’t allow yourself to take comfort in being idle, because once you’re comfortable being still, it’s so hard to motivate yourself to take action.

How do you welcome in a new month?

Photos via vegitarian ventures.