Monthly Goals: February

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I don’t know about you, but I felt like January would never end. It was long and so very, very cold. I’m thrilled that February is finally here because it is one of my favorite months. Good things just seem to happen this month, and I’m always in a better mood than I ever an in January.

So, this month I have a few new goals, as well as continuing goals from last month. To recap, I was able to complete all of my goals for January (yay me!). I completed with Bronze in the Peloton challenges, cooked a lot of meals at home, hung out with friends, and created this blog. Since I did so well last month, I have made this month a little more challenging.

Here are my February Goals:

  • Continue 17 Day Diet & Lose 10 Pounds: Just a week ago, I started the 17 Day Diet and am on Cycle 1. If you haven’t heard of this diet, I highly recommend doing some research on it. A couple weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how I was struggling to lose weight lately, even with regular exercise. She told me about this diet and lent me the book. After reading the entire book, I knew that this diet would be really easy to follow. One week in, and I have lost 6 pounds. My goal for this month is to stay on this diet and lose at least 10 more pounds.
  • Earn Silver in Monthly Peloton Challenges: I was able to get the Bronze for both challenges last month, so Silver is the goal this month. My strategy for this month is to take classes that are longer, and also stop making excuses not to exercise. I’m that person who, after a long day of work, will give myself a pass and be a couch potato for the rest of the night. I am going to try to end that bad habit this month as well.
  • Minimize TV and Phone Time: I’m a binge watcher. When I find a show I like on Netflix, I dive in deep. I often find myself watching 3-4 episodes in a sitting. It is not something that I’m proud of. I also do the same with YouTube or Instagram, where I will spend way too much time watching videos or scrolling through my feed. This month, I’m going to try to minimize my time spent on my phone and watching TV by challenging myself to complete two books this month. In addition, I will only allow myself to watch one episode of a show per night, and set a timer on my phone before I go on Instagram or YouTube.
  • Keep up with the Blog: I am very proud of myself for finally starting this blog, which I had put off for (literally) years. Now, my goal is to keep up with it by making sure I am writing a few new posts weekly and dedicating more time to it. In my planner, I have set aside time for me to work on the blog which will help me to stay focused and on schedule.

Those are my main goals for this month. At the start of next month, I will share how I did for the month, as well as next month’s goals. Have you made any monthly goals? I’d love to hear what goals you have set for yourself and how you are going to achieve them.

Love Always,

Kathleen

Monthly Goals: January

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I don’t know about you, but I love lists. Having a planner with goals, to-do lists, and reminders makes me feel so good. There’s just something about having it written down on pen and paper that sets it in stone for me. I find myself more motivated to complete a goal, and I also feel more accomplished when I’m able check off a bunch of to-dos.

While Christmas shopping in early December, I found a ton of really nice 2019 planners and I knew I needed to have one. I’ve got big plans for 2019, and having everything written down really helps me to stay on track.

What I like about this planner is that I am setting monthly goals for myself rather than yearly. In the past, I hardly ever felt like I could accomplish my goals because it was really challenging to track my progress. This year, I’ve set smaller monthly goals so that I feel good when I’ve completed them, and I can continue to make progress with next month’s goal.

Another thing I appreciate about this particular agenda is that with every month comes a little inspirational message. I think it’s a really powerful thing to read right before you start writing in your goals for the month.

My January goals were primarily self-care related. At the end of 2018 I felt so drained. This month has been about getting back on track with aspects of my life that had been pushed to the side and neglected. Here are some of the goals I set for myself:

  • Complete Monthly Peloton Challenge: We bought ourselves a Peloton bike for Christmas this year, and I was so excited about it. I’m a person that hates the gym, so having this bike is awesome. They have monthly challenges for activity and miles. My goal for this month was to earn the Bronze for both challenges. Next month, I’m aiming toward Silver.
  • Cook more meals: November and December were rough months for my fiancé and I, and we found ourselves ordering take-out probably 70% of the time. For someone who really does like to cook, this was a tough realization. My goal this month is to cook more often. I didn’t make my goal to cook every night, because I know that I’d be setting myself up for failure. Now, so far for the month I can proudly say that we have cooked most of our meals and only ordered take-out 20% of the time, which I consider a huge accomplishment.
  • Spend more time with friends: I’ve been really bad at reaching out to my friends lately. It’s pretty easy to just text once in a while and skip on actual face-to-face time. So, my goal is to make a greater effort to meet up with friends. So far it has been great and really refreshing.
  • Create a blog and post the first entry: If you’re reading this, then you know that I have accomplished this goal. I’ve thought about creating a blog for years now, but I always felt overwhelmed because I had no idea how to actually start one. This Christmas, my fiancé gave me the nudge that I needed by gifting me with a ton of literature and a few courses about blogging. It gave me the confidence that I needed to finally dive in.

What are some of your goals for this month, and how are you doing so far? If you don’t have a planner, I highly suggest it. If you don’t want a physical planner, try a digital one. Set yourself some goals for next month– I’d love to hear how well you do.

Love Always,
Kathleen