Can you believe it? We are two months into the year already and it just feels like 2019 is flying by. With the year rolling and the semester halfway done already, I feel this is a good time to do a goals check-in and set some goals for the rest of the semester.
Goal #1: Plan Less: This was my biggest goal for the year and the goal I’ve seen the most progress on. I’ve said goodbye to my Google Calendar, where I would plan out every single minute of my day. I mean it– I would create time periods for sleep. Productivity was the name of my game, but I just ended out burnt out and unhappy. With a less structured schedule, I’ve made time in my life for the moments you don’t always predict– the meetings that run over, the random run-ins and catch-ups with friends, and time to relax and breathe. I’ve still got a LOOOONG way to go on this goal, as I usually can still be found making plans weeks in advance and still have a pretty stuffed calendar, but I’m getting there.
Goal #2: Spend More Time with Friends: Whenever I get busy, I tend to isolate myself and only spend time with the people who directly relate to whatever I’m busy with, whether that’s work, extracurriculars, or class. Whenever I do that, I create a stress bubble for myself, as I’m only around people who share my stresses and struggles. I’ve been trying to make time for all my friends this semester and I’ve been doing pretty well on this. I’ve been getting coffees and dinners with friends I wouldn’t otherwise see and Facetiming my long distance friends.
Goal #3: Get to the Gym: This is the goal I have been so sporadic about. There are some weeks where I get myself to the gym daily with excitement about the next episode of my podcast. And then, there are weeks when I can’t even fathom where I’d get the forty-five minutes a day to spend at the gym. I’d day I’d score like a 4/10 on this goal so far.
Where do I go from here? Well, I consider the progress I’ve made so far and use that to help me form new goals for the rest of the semester. Here’s what I have so far:
- Continue to try to plan less and be more spontaneous. Try to go into a weekend with nothing on the calendar and just make it up as I go.
- Make time for myself. I often feel like on the weekends, I’m exhausted from everything and just need some time to decompress with myself. I want to start making time a few times a week for me to do this so it doesn’t pile up.
- Actually get to the gym consistently. I really want to get into the habit of going daily or every other day and so, this is a goal I want to continue working on.