One of the things I love about my new planner, as I mentioned previously, is that I have the opportunity to have monthly (and weekly!) goals. Since they are in my planner, I was a little worried that they’d be too academic focused (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but I’ve been using my planner for a lot of life things — thanks stickers! — so the goals are starting to reflect that as well.
- Finish my thesis outline – Yes! I call it my “road map,” because that’s really what it is for me. Each chapter has it’s own page for an outline, with a lot of notes on it. This way, when I’m focusing on just one chapter, I don’t need to think about anything else.
- Draft One chapter of my thesis – Yes! My introduction has been drafted, I have good notes on it, and should actually be done fairly soon.
- Update my CV – Nope. Every time I think about it, I don’t have the original InDesign file to edit. I need to move this to Dropbox so I don’t have to worry about that.
- Go to 2 spin classes, and 2 yoga classes – Nope. The more I thought about it, the more I realized, I’m not at a point where I’m ready for this commitment. Instead, I invested that money elsewhere.
- Weekly blog posts – Yep! In looking at my year at large, I wanted to focus on my platform. As much as I love Twitch, I’m going to continue my break from streaming for the time being to focus on grad school, and let my outlet be this blog.
- 31-Day Challenge: Start my thesis – Yes. Develop good writing habits – Barely and mostly nope. Stay on top of my classes – Yes. Not spend as much! – Eek. Nope.
- Start brainstorming my trip to Europe. My dad has received an amazing opportunity to do some contract work in England, and will be moving in March. I can’t say what he’ll be doing, but this is an exciting adventure for our family. My stepmom will be going with him, and after she finishes her schooling for the year, my youngest sister will move out there for the summer. There’s a lot of details we don’t know, but I’m hoping to be able to get out there and visit this summer after I graduate, and then spend some time traveling as well.
- Actually develop a writing schedule and stick with it. For reals. I need to draft 2-3 more chapters this month. It seems like a lot, and that’s pretty much because it is a lot. I’ve let myself slack too much this last month, but I can’t afford to do that if I’m going to defend my thesis at the end of April.
- Two 5-mile rides per week. Instead of the fitness classes, I invested that money into a new exercise bike! It folds up and is super quiet. I can do about 5 miles in 20 minutes keeping a pretty easy pace, so I’m hoping to be able to do this twice a week before I leave for campus.
- Weekly blog posts. Yep, keeping this one until it kind of becomes routine. I think I also want to try to get better at including pictures. I always feel weird just snagging pictures from my instagram feed.
- Clean the fish tank. Poor Siggy II really needs a deep clean of his tank. He doesn’t really seem bothered by it, but the little bugger makes a mess of his food. He wants to “hunt” the pebbles and worms, so he uses his fins to splash them about, then bits go uneaten and sink to the bottom. He’s cute, but kind of a brat. Just like the cats.
- 28-Day Challenge: Continue the 20/20 on my precis. Meet my morning Noom goals. Check in on my Q1 Holiday Council goals.
How did you do on your goals last month? Anything exciting you are looking forward to in February?
*I don’t really know how the 31-day or 28-day challenges are different than my actual goals for the month, but it’s a thing my planner does, so I’m including them here as well.