Friends, it’s time to get serious.
The first week that I began pursuing goals I really wanted to accomplish, I did really, really well. Since then, my success has fallen on a downward slope. Don’t get me wrong: there has been some partial successes some weeks and definitely some forward momentum, but flipping the same coin, there has been plenty that I haven’t accomplished and plenty that I haven’t done that I wanted to; that I should’ve done.
Of course, life will always find ways to get in the way. I refuse to regret taking a mental health day, sleeping in and beating Technomancer on the PS4 while eating a pizza instead of sticking with the rigid structure of the routine. I won’t feel bad about socializing a bit more these past few weeks and falling behind as a reason. I can’t control that the only time I have to write blog posts are when I have down time at work and the entirety of last week, there was no downtime to be had. I refuse to beat myself up for life getting in the way and causing some detours in my quest towards happiness.
Yet I also need to get a bit more serious.
Though I’m aware of these goals in the back of my mind, quite often, I find myself not even attempting them. Writing an outline, for example. I’ve had that on my To-Do list for the past two weeks, yet haven’t even attempted it once. Or balancing my checkbook. Or sneaking in five minutes to read instead of messing around on my phone. Reaching the third week in a row–and rounding out the first month having three out of the four weeks with more near successes (if that) than successes–where I haven’t come close to accomplishing all of my short-term goals, it snapped my eyes open and made me ask:
How bad do you want this?
Do you want a body that you’re proud of? Do you want to look in the mirror and smile instead of frown? Do you want to write one more book than you did last year? Do you want to query by August? Do you want to read more books and be happier because you’re reading consistently again? Do you want to increase your blogging output and perhaps even your readership? Do you want to manage your money more wisely and be more aware of what you spend, how you spend it and what creating a budget is like?
Of course, the answer, to all of those questions, is yes. But the answer to the first question; how badly do I actually want all of those things?
That answer will be revealed in next week’s post.
- Long-term Goal: Shape the body I want and become healthier.
- Last Week’s Goal: Four days in a row.
- Status: Close! Made it three days and tried out a new machine that made my legs feel like spaghetti noodles.
- This Week’s Goal: Four days in a row. Plus, try out new fitness regime that my gracious, lovely and BAMF friend created for me to help me achieve my fitness goals.
- Long-term Goal: Edit three books, write four new books and query at least one.
- Last Weeks Goal: Write four times. Outline novel.
- Status: Negative. Definitely choose naps and video games over writing last week. And the constant itch I’ve felt since I last wrote reflects that.
- This Week’s Goal: Write four times. Outline novel. Draft short story.
- Long-term Goal: Read 60 books.
- Last Week’s Goal: Finish The Lies of Locke Lamora and write review.
- Status: Negative. Remember those naps I took and the video game I beat? Yeah, they cut into writing time, too. And after I went to the library and got a beautiful book haul, including the sequel to this fantastic read, I need to crank out this ending so I can keep on keeping on.
- This Week’s Goal: Finish The Lies of Locke Lamora and write review.
- Long-term Goal: Increase output over all three blogs, i.e., post more consistently.
- Last Week’s Goal: Keep up blogging schedule.
- Status: Negative. I didn’t post anything on the blogs this past week. Definitely gotta amp up my game on that one.
- This Week’s Goal: Reattempt blogging schedule.
- Long-term Goal: Manage money with more awareness, start retirement fund and build savings.
- Last Week’s Goal: Actually.balance.checkbook.
- Status: Negative. Checkbooks are, apparently, made to remain unbalanced. My friend suggested I try out a budgeting/money tracking app, instead. I downloaded one called Wally and though I haven’t messed with it too much, yet, at least attempting to use it should be more promising than the risk of going a month without balancing my checkbook.
- This Week’s Goal: Try out budgeting app.